“In the midst of God’s people,
among the numerous and varied vocations
which the Holy Spirit inspires,
we Spiritans are called by the Father
and “set apart” (Acts 13:2) to follow Jesus
and to announce the Good News of the Kingdom.“
Spiritan Rule of Life (SRL), 2
“We respond to this call in a religious missionary institute,
the Congregation of the Holy Spirit
under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The charisms of our Founders,
Claude Poullart des Places and Francis Libermann,
and fidelity to our tradition
urge us to respond creatively
to the needs of evangelisation of our time.”
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
for He has anointed me,
to bring the good news to the afflicted.
He has sent me
to proclaim liberty to captives,
sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord”
“The “apostolic life” is at the heart
of our Spiritan vocation.
So that we may lead this apostolic life
in Christ’s footsteps,
our consecration includes three
the proclamation of the Good News,
the practice of the evangelical counsels
and a life in fraternal and praying community.”
“The evangelisation of the “poor” (cf. Lk 4:18)
is our purpose.
Therefore we go especially
to peoples, groups and individuals
who have not yet heard the message of the Gospel
or who have scarcely heard it,
to those whose needs are the greatest,
and to the oppressed.
We also willingly accept tasks
for which the Church has difficulty
in finding workers.“
“We are dedicated to the Holy Spirit,
author of all holiness
and “source of the apostolic spirit” .
We place ourselves under the protection
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
who was filled beyond measure
by the same Spirit
“with the fullness of holiness
and apostolic zeal”.
“In keeping with our ideal of a life
that is both fraternal and apostolic,
we take for our motto the words
used to describe the early Christian communities:
“One heart and one soul” (cf. Acts 4:32).