|4 Spiritan Communities:|
|1953||The community moves to 12, de la Calle de los Olivos, Madrid 3, which will be the headquarters of the Congregation in Spain. (Spain 1953-03-30)|
|1953||P. José Maria Felgueiras arrives in Madrid from Nova Lisboa (Angola) to take over responsibility for the works of the Congregation in Spain. (Spain 1953-11-03)|
|1956||Profession of the first Spanish brother, Javier Jesœs Blanco Martinez. (Spain 1956-09-09)|
|1956||On the day when the students are returning to the junior seminary at Paredas da Nava, P. José Maria Felgueiras is seriously injured while rescuing a student in danger of falling under a train. He dies of his injuries on November 26th. (Portugal/Spain 1956-10-04)|
|1966||P. Olavo Teixeira leaves Madrid to return definitively to Portugal. As Provincial of Portugal, parish priest in Madrid and novice master at Tortoreos, he dedicates himself to the consolidation of the Spiri-tan presence in Spain. (Spain 1966-11-10)|
|1969||The General Council decides to separate the foundation in Spain from the Province of Portugal. Thus, by a decree of 21.02.1969, the Congregation for Religious erects the autonomous Province of Spain and the General Council nominates P. Joaquin Ramos Seixas as the first provincial. (Spain 1969-01-11)|
|1969||The General Council appoints P. Joaquin Ramos Seixas as the Provincial of the new Province of Spain. (Spain 1969-05-12)|
|1970||The Province joins the Association of exclusively missionary Congregations and the service for missionary animation formed by the same group. (Spain 1970-01-19)|
|1970||The first session of the Provincial Chapter begins in the senior scholasticate of San Cugat del Valles in Barcelona. The second session in June 1971 draws up the Directory of the Province. (Spain 1970-09-19)|
|1972||The first meeting of the European Provincials takes place in the Senior Seminary of San Cugat del Vallés (Barcelona). (Spain 1972-01-07)|
|1972||The first team of Spanish Spiritans leaves from Lisbon for the mission of Balombo in the Diocese of Benguela, Angola. A second team goes to the mission of Camacupa in the Diocese of Silva Porto. (Spain 1972-04-30)|
|1976||300 young people come to celebrate Easter in the Noviciate community. The organisers see this as a way to attract young people to Jesus and the challenges of his Gospel. (Spain 1976-04-15)|
|1977||International meeting of young Spiritans in the Spanish noviciate at Aranda from August 1st to 15th. There were 140 young confreres present from 30 different nationalities. (Spain 1977-08-03)|
|1978||A team from Spain and Portugal leave for Paraguay. They will reinforce the Spiritan international group and will be working in the mission of Lima in the diocese of San Pedro. (Spain 1978-03-06)|
|1979||The death of P. José de Araújo; when he finishes his time as Provincial in Portugal, he returns to Spain where he has done so much for the establishing of the Province. (Spain 1979-12-26)|
|1981||First meeting of the new Provincial Council. Fr, Joaquin Ramos Seixas, who was the first Provincial of the Spanish Province, is re-appointed for a further mandate. (Spain 1981-03-24)|
|1984||The Casa Padre Laval was opened in Madrid in the presence of a large number of Spiritans. (Spain 1984-02-05)|
|1984||P. Victor Cabezas comes from the mission of Saurimo to take part in the provincial assembly. He is appointed Provincial of Spain by the General Council and serves his province in that capacity for 3 successive mandates. (Spain 1984-11-02)|
|1985||From the start, the Noviciate community of Aranda de Duero opts for an apostolate to the most abandoned people in the vicinity: the mentally handi-capped, gypsies, the sick and elderly and drug ad-dicts. The Province identifies itself with the project by signing a contract ad experimentum with "Adroga". (Spain 1985-03-26)|
|1986||Three new associates leave for the Prelature of Tefé: Adela Amaya, Carmela Fuentes, and Pepa Contreras. The experience is so successful that Adela and Carmela renew their commitment after three years and Pepa joins a missionary congregation. (Spain 1986-04-02)|
|1986||At the request of his family, the body of Padre José Maria Felgueiras is taken to Portugal for burial in the family grave at Taipas. A huge crowd of Spiritans, family and friends are there to pay honour to this "martyr of charity", killed by a train while trying to save a young boy in Spain. (Spain 1986-06-20)|
|1997||The Province launches the publication of a "Spiritan Anthology" of our founders. P. Joaquin Ramos Seixas is put in charge of the project. The aim is to give Spanish-speakers access to the life and teaching of Poullart des Places and Libermann. (Spain 1997-07-12)|
|1997||The European Provincials meet in Madrid. The Provincial of Spain, P. Julio Cesar Vidal, is president of the conference for this year and Père Jean-Pierre Gaillard becomes the first full-time secretary for the European region. (Spain 1997-12-10)|
|1997||Financial problems with the "Adroga" programme have resulted in a serious debt for the Province, so that it has not been able to carry out the commitments of the contract. The Provincial Council revise the contract and decide to retain the project as part of its mission. (Spain 1997-12-11)|
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.
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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