|7 Spiritan Communities:|
|1888||Père Gebhard Eigenmann (1841-1910), born at Rorschach in German-speaking Switzerland, becomes the first Provincial of Portugal. (Switzerland 1888-09-08)|
|1906||A new house is opened in Fribourg at 18, rue du Botzet. It will be an international student community for Spiritans attending the university. (Switzerland 1906-06-19)|
|1913||Opening of "des Taulettes in the Vallais as a nursing home for confreres with tubercu-losis. In 1919 it will be replaced by the house at Montana. (Switzerland 1913-03-10)|
|1919||Père Joseph Villetaz, assisted by Frère Clair, opens the first junior seminary in Switzerland in a small private house in Coméraz, a village in the commune of Grimisuat in the Vallais. (Switzerland 1919-01-08)|
|1919||P. Joao da Cruz, of the Province of Portugal, opens the house at Montana in the Vallais. It will serve as a sanatorium for the Congregation for many years to come. (Switzerland 1919-07-12)|
|1920||Opening of the house at Bois-Noir. Having started a missionary school in his own village, Père Villetaz now moves it to a rented house at Bois Noir, near Saint-Maurice. It will remain there for the next ten years. (Switzerland 1920-01-14)|
|1931||Death of Sister Eugénie Caps, Founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit (Spiritaines) at Montana. (Switzerland 1931-03-16)|
|1947||The Vice-Province of Switzerland is erected, cut off from the French Province. Père Antoine Clivaz becomes the vice-provincial. (Switzerland 1947-02-04)|
|1962||The Villa Notre Dame at Montana is henceforth to be run by the Province of Switzerland as a rest house. (Switzerland 1962-02-20)|
|1968||The Vice-Province of Switzerland becomes an independent Province on its own. The first Provincial is Père Fernand Bussard. (Switzerland 1968-06-26)|
|1996||The Villa des Charmettes in Fribourg becomes the Provincial residence. (Switzerland 1996-12-16)|
|1997||On Pentecost Sunday, the Centre Ruah for missionary animation if opened at Le Bouveret. (Switzerland 1997-05-18)|
NEW DATES FOR THE XXI GENERAL CHAPTER Dear Confreres and Lay Spiritan Associates, Greetings from the generalate in Rome. I hope and pray that you, the members of your local community and of your family are keeping safe and well in the extraordinarily difficult circumstances in which we find ourselves as a global community. This…
NEW BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF CAXITO – ANGOLA BISHOP MAURÍCIO AGOSTINHO CAMUTO On 15 June 2020, Pope Francis appointed, Fr. Maurício Agostinho Camuto, CSSp, as Bishop of the Diocese of Caxito (Angola). Father Camuto was born on 26 December 1963 in Golungo Alto, diocese of Ndalatando, province of Kwanza Norte, where the Spiritans have…
Come, Holy Spirit, and Renew the Face of the Earth (cf. Ps 104, 30) In the midst of winter, I discovered within me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus, the French philosopher, wrote these inspiring words in a short essay (Return to Tipasa, 1954) some seven years after he had published his extraordinary work, The Plague,…
POSTPONEMENT OF GENERAL CHAPTER Dear Confreres and Lay Spiritan Associates, At our meeting this morning, 15th April 2020, the General Council decided to postpone the 21st General Chapter of the Congregation indefinitely in the light of the uncertainty created by the current global pandemic. As the virus continues to spread and countries struggle to…
Dear Confreres and Lay Spiritan Associates, In a short few weeks our lives have been changed in ways that we could never have imagined. What began as an isolated viral outbreak in a distant part of the world has spread with frightening speed across our globe and continues to gain momentum as the number of…
The current coronavirus pandemic has given rise to considerable uncertainty in regard to the feasibility of different events over the coming weeks and months. At the moment the General Council is maintaining the dates for the General Chapter in Poland, from June 14th to July 11th but obviously the situation will have to be monitored…
From February 24th to March 6th, 18 new Spiritan superiors came from 13 countries, but one superior could not make it, because he was sick. After the warm and fraternal welcome of the new superiors, Fr John Fogarty, the General Superior, underlined that the new superiors represented enormous but rich diversity of countries, background and…
God of new beginnings, God of our founders and ancestors in the Faith, As we prepare for our forthcoming General Chapter in Lichen, Poland, we pray to you in gratitude for the charism we have inherited from Claude Poullart des Places and Francis Libermann.
On Mission Sunday, 20th of October, 2019, the Superior General, Fr. John Fogarty, and all the members of the Generalate community welcomed our three bishop confreres who are participating in the Pan-Amazon Synod: D. Altevir José da Silva, D. Teodoro Mendes Tavares and D. Francisco J. Meinrad Merkel. Also present were other bishops where the Spiritans work or those who have a relationship with us. Among them was the President of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), D. Valmor de Oliveira de Azevedo.
The International Meeting of Spiritan Formators (IMSF) was held in Dakar from 25 June to 4 July 2019. It was organized by the General Council of Spiritans in preparation for the General Chapter in Lichen-Poland in 2020.
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.
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Fr. Marc Whelan, Provincial of Ireland, explains the reasons behind the meeting held in Rome (June 1-2, 2018).
Sunday the 20th of may, the Spiritans in Rome and their guests celebrated the feast of Pentecost. It’s the anniversary of their foundation, in 1703. The celebration was presided by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican’s Secretary of State.
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 150th anniversary of the Spiritan presence in Portugal was an occasion to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion and to look at the future with hope. “Joyful in hope” (Rom 12,12) was the motto chosen for the anniversary.
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.
For the past couple of years the General Council and the two Spiritan Communities in Italy, (Torino and Palmarola), have been engaged in a process of reflection and discernment regarding the status and the future of Spiritan presence in Italy.
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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
Libermann exhorted us to practice charity at all times, to identify with those we serve and value peace, solidarity, justice, and freedom, which find their fulfillment in Jesus. His writings bring to life the principles behind Spiritan faith, mission and practices.