|8 Spiritan Communities:|
|1904||The first Spiritan establishment in Holland- the Junior Seminary at Weert. It is in the old "de Roos" restaurant. The founder is Père Sébire and the first superior is Père Emile Callewaert. (Netherlands 1904-09-02)|
|1905||First edition of the Spiritan missionary review, "The Messenger of the Holy-Spirit". (Netherlands 1905-03-21)|
|1906||A junior seminary opens at Weert with 38 students. This is the first Spiritan house in the Netherlands. (Netherlands 1906-09-11)|
|1910||Erection of Vice-Province of Belgium and the Netherlands (including Luxembourg). The first superior of this new circumscription is Père Sébire. (Belgium/Holland 1910-01-29)|
|1911||Opening of the first noviciate of the Dutch-Belgian Province at Louvain. There are 9 novices from Holland and 5 from Belgium. The novice master is Père Charles Luttenbacher. (Netherlands 1911-09-21)|
|1916||The Spiritans move into the castle of Gemert as the previous Jesuit owners return to France. (Netherlands 1916-09-19)|
|1920||The French Jesuits finally leave the house in Gemert and it becomes a junior seminary for the Spiritans. (Netherlands 1920-01-14)|
|1926||The Belgian/Dutch Province buys an old office at Gennep belonging to the railway, known affectionately as "The Barracks"! It is used for the philosophers and, subsequently, for the novices. (Netherlands 1926-10-04)|
|1928||The Castle of Gemert is definitively bought by the Spiritans. Rome December, 1988: The Post-Synodal Exhortation by Pope John Paul II on the vocation and mission of lay people in the Church and the World is published. (Netherlands 1928-12-28)|
|1931||Belgian/Netherlands province was split into two provinces. Père Sébire, the superior before the division, becomes the first provincial of Belgium. (Belgium/Netherlands 1931-01-09)|
|1931||The erection of the Dutch Province, the 10th in the Congregation. Fr. Bernard Hilhorst is the first Provincial. (Netherlands 1931-07-16)|
|1932||The Apostolic Vicariate of Bagamoyo (Tanganyika) is confided to the Dutch Province. (Bagamoyo 1932-01-04)|
|1936||Consecration of the new chapel of the "Kasteel" at Gemert. (Netherlands 1936-04-08)|
|1943||The area of Doumé in the east of Cameroon is confided to the Dutch Province; it becomes a new district, separated from Yaoundé. The first superior is Fr. Jacques Teerenstra, later to become the first Vicar Apostolic of Doumé in 1949. (Netherlands 1943-09-23)|
|1945||Re-opening of the junior seminary at Weert, the senior scholasticate at Gemert and, a little later, the houses at Baarle Nassau and Gennep for the brothers. Around 116 Priests and Brothers are ready to depart for the missions: 30 go to Angola, 25 to Bagamoyo and Kilimanjaro, 14 to Cameroon, 4 to Gabon, 5 to Loango, 6 to Brazzaville, 6 to Bangui, 5 to Senegal, 10 to Tefé and 6 to Martinique and Guadeloupe. (Netherlands 1945-09-10)|
|1946||The Prefecture Apostolic of Tefé in Amazonia (Brazil) is confided to the Dutch Province. Mgr. Jouke de Lange is named the first Prefect. Fourteen young Dutch Spiritans, priests and brothers, are sent to join him. (Netherlands 1946-07-12)|
|1949||Mgr. Teerenstra of the Netherlands was chosen as Auxiliary to Mgr. Graffin with responsibility for the region of Doumé. This was the solution chosen to avoid possible difficulties with the French Governor. (Cameroon 1949-03-03)|
|1953||A few Brothers and Fathers move into a new house at Berg en Dal. It will be used as a community for those studying at the university. (Netherlands 1953-11-06)|
|1954||Opening of the Africa Museum at Berg en Dal. It receives a large number of visitors and becomes an important means of spreading missionary awareness. (Netherlands 1954-05-16)|
|1954||Bangassou is confided to the Dutch Province and becomes an Apostolic Prefecture, led by Mgr. M. Bodewes. (Central African Republic 1954-07-16)|
|1957||A seminary for late vocations opens at Hettem. (Netherlands 1957-09-23)|
|1958||The junior seminary at Weert is officially recognised by the State as a secondary school. (Netherlands 1958-04-28)|
|1964||The Prefecture of Same is separated from the Diocese of Moshi and confided to the Dutch Spiritans. The first Prefect if Mgr. Henry Winkelmolen. (Tanzania 1964-06-24)|
|1966||Inauguration of the Theological In-stitute of Eindhoven (TIE) in which the Spiritan scholastics of Gemert take part. (Netherlands 1966-09-20)|
|1967||Baarle Nassau is closed because there are no more candidates to be brothers. The noviciate is transferred to Gemert. The junior seminary at Weert produces novices for the last time. (Netherlands 1967-09-12)|
|1970||The last session of the Provincial Chapter at Gemert which had begun in 1969. The Chapter opts for a collegial administration with a pro-vincial team of 5 members. (Netherlands 1970-05-04)|
|1972||Closure of junior seminary at Weert. The senior scholasticate also closes at Gemert, because of the small number of students; those remaining attend the faculties of Heerlen, Nijmegen and Amsterdam. (Netherlands 1972-07-10)|
|1972||Frs. Edward Kelly and William Jackson set out to open a mission of first evangelisation at Dadim among the Borana people; it is a joint under-taking with the Dutch Province. (Ethiopia 1972-08-24)|
|1976||Death of Fr. Ties Thijssen (Holland) and Br. Alfonso Rodriques (Portugal), killed by a govern-ment soldier at the mission of Caconda. (Angola 1976-03-16)|
|1983||A new missionary awareness team is set up in Eindhoven. (Netherlands 1983-08-07)|
|1987||Fr. Nicolaas Ligthart of the Dutch province is killed in an ambush between Huambo and Chinguar. He was aged 46. (Angola 1987-02-24)|
|1990||The first lay associate signs a contract with the Congregation on leaving for Tanzania. Another follows shortly afterwards. (Netherlands 1990-06-09)|
As part of the final phase of its Animation Plan, the general council asked the Center for Spiritan Studies, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (CSS) to organize an essay competition on Spiritan Mission Today among professed Spiritans in formation worldwide.
Dakar welcomed with open arms and heart the Spiritan Formators coming from the four corners of the earth: 32 in all, accompanied by the Superior General and four members of the Generalate, the Provincial and some PANO con-freres, invited speakers and translators. The meeting is taking place at La Pouponnière Center of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary (FMM), with Fathers Bede Ukwuije, João Dimba and Florentine Mallya of the Generalate in Rome as the organizers.
At the end of the ad limina visit to the Vatican, the Bishops of Angola went to the Generalate of the Spiritan Missionaries in Rome this Saturday, to visit John Fogarty, as well as all the General Councillors and Service Coordinators of the Congregation, based in Rome.
Letter from the Superior General on the occasion of the Fest of Pentecost. “May the coming of the Spirit this Pentecost renew our hope, our confidence and our courage in the midst of the difficulties and challenges our mission entails and empower us anew in his service.”
Of note at this forum is the youthfulness of most of the participants with a good representation from sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom are recent arrivals at their places of mission. This highlights the importance the Congregation attaches to interreligious dialogue: it continues to find within itself the personnel that will enable it to be consistent with its missionary priorities.
Fr. Marc Whelan, Provincial of Ireland, explains the reasons behind the meeting held in Rome (June 1-2, 2018).
The Archbishop of Owerri has given us an interview on May 9, 2018. He speaks about the contribution of the Spiritans to the history of the Church in his country, and about the meaning of their presence now.
Fr. John Dimba was born in Mozambique in 1969. During the civil war, like millions of other people, had to flee the country. It was in a refugee camp that he met the spiritans and was attracted by their simple lifestyle and their service to the poor. Today, he is a spiritan and believes that…
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, has informed our Superior General, Fr. John Fogarty, that Pope Francis has decided to put an end to the status of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon as a Vicariate Apostolic. From the 1st of March 2018 the islands will be incorporated into the diocese of La Rochelle. The Pope has made this decision so as to adapt the islands to the present pastoral situation.
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Talk by Fr. John McFadden, Superior of the General House in Rome, on the 2nd of February 2018.
In December 2017, Jude Nnorom the coordinator of our Spiritan JPIC desk in Rome visited Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, home to over 140 thousand refugees, from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries in Africa.
Our Spiritan mission in Vietnam arose out of a number of circumstances: the presence of vietnamese confreres in the US Province, the interest shown by a local group of religious in Vietnam to join our community, the desire to expand our mission in Asia, the need to search for vocations in new areas.
On 12 December 1977, feastday of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Patroness of the Philippines, four Spiritans from four different continents, landed in this country. They based themselves in Iligan, in northern Mindanao. There, they began their ministry, in a region where the local Church most needed them.
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The Spiritans in Portugal have just published a new issue of “Missão Espiritana” dedicated to the late Fr. José Manuel Sabença.
Spiritan Superiors and formators from Africa and the Islands together with representatives from the Generalate in Rome, met for their bi-annual meeting from 22nd until the 27th August 2017, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
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We, members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, participants in the Enlarged General Council, which took place at the Casa di Esercizia of the Passionists in Rome from 19th June-2nd July 2016, return to our missions with an enormous sense of gratitude.
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Throughout 1851, Fr. Libermann exchanged a series of letters with Mgr. Kobès, coadjutor to the Vicar Apostolic of the Two Guineas (Mgr. Bessieux). Three months before he died, Libermann wrote a long letter that can be seen as his apostolic and spiritual testament