|8 Spiritan Communities:|
|1903||At the invitation of Countess Oginska, Mgr. Le Roy and Père Acker travel to Oswiecim where she wishes to confide an orphanage to the Spiritans. Le Roy plans to attach a junior seminary to the orphanage under the direction of Père Zygmunt Rydlewski from the USA. (Poland 1903-01-30)|
|1921||Arrival of Fr. Zygmunt Rydlewski at Bydgoszcz where he opens the house at 2, Jary Road and then reopens an "Orphanage for the children of the defenders of the Country" in Czerwony Krzyz Road. (Poland 1921-02-06)|
|1921||Fr. Sigismund Rydlewski, of the U.S.A. Province, is authorised to lay the foundation of a province in Poland and opens a junior seminary at Bydgoczsz. (USA 1921-10-11)|
|1925||Erection of the Vice-Province of Poland. Fr. Zygmunt Rydlewski is named superior with Michal Retka and Pawel Baranski as assistants. The councillors are Frs. Stanislas Kolipinski and Jozef Halba. (Poland 1925-03-25)|
|1932||Consecration of the chapel of the community at Bydgoszcz by the Superior General, Mgr. Le Hunsec, accompanied by Père Daniel Brottier. (Poland 1932-05-20)|
|1937||Opening of a new house at Wlóki-Chelmszczonka. The growth of the boarding school is such that this larger property in the countryside is necessary. (Poland 1937-10-19)|
|1945||All the work of the Province comes to a halt because of World War II: 3 priests and 2 scholas-tics change circumscription; 3 scholastics, 7 brothers and 7 novices leave the Congregation; 2 priests, 2 scholastics and 3 brothers die or are killed; Fr. Pawel Baranski and Michal Poplawski (scholastic) both die in Dachau. (Poland 1945-05-01)|
|1948||Founding of the Senior Seminary of Puszczykówko. The communist government that follows the war is very hard on the Church; 7 of our confreres are arrested and accused of spying on behalf of the Vatican. (Poland 1948-05-18)|
|1952||Fr. Dalkowski is arrested at Lesno. Several others are imprisoned for periods between one to seven years. By 1956 all have been released and the Junior Seminary is re-opened in 1956. (Poland 1952-01-15)|
|1973||Start of a new noviciate at Bydgoszcz. (Poland 1973-04-01)|
|1983||The noviciate is moved from Bydgoszcz to Chelmszczonka. (Poland 1983-09-23)|
|1994||Creation of the Sanctuary dedicated to Daniel Brottier at Chojnice. (Poland 1994-12-14)|
|1996||Celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Province. (Poland 1996-04-07)|
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