|38 Spiritan Communities:|
|1858||Bishop Maupoint of Reunion asks his Vicar General, Père Armand Fava, to make an exploratory expedition to Zanzibar. (East Africa 1858-01-11)|
|1860||Père Armand Fava begins the mission in Zanzibar and asks for more missionaries. (East Africa 1860-01-13)|
|1862||As a result of negotiations between Rome and the Congregation, including the intervention of Mgr. Maupoint C.S.Sp., Apostolic Delegate for East Africa, the Superior General (Schwindenhammer) agrees to take on the mission of Zanguebar. (East Africa 1862-04-24)|
|1862||The Spiritans take on responsibility for East Africa and Zanzibar. (East Africa 1862-07-24)|
|1863||The Congregation takes on responsibility for East Africa and Zanzibar (The Prefecture Apos-tolic of Zanzibar). Bishop Maupoint becomes Apos-tolic Delegate for East Africa and Prefect Apostolic for the new Prefecture. (East Africa 1863-01-16)|
|1863||Père Horner lands in Zanzibar with Père Baur and two brothers. Nearly all the first converts are freed slaves. The idea of Fr. Horner is to put these converts in villages, where they can be taught religion, agriculture and a trade. Fr Horner surveys the mainland coast and decides that Bagamoyo is the most suitable for his purpose. (East Africa 1863-06-16)|
|1863||The Superior General signs a contract with Bishop Maupoint of Reunion in which the Congregation accepts "the mission of Zanzibar in its entirety". (East Africa 1863-07-08)|
|1867||Fr. Baur begins work at Bagamoyo. He builds a school, a church and a hospital, the latter run by the Sister of Mary from the island of Reunion. This work is greatly admired by some of the famous ex-plorers of East Africa, e.g. Stanley and Livingstone. Slaves are ransomed, educated, baptised and set up in the Christian villages- a work greatly developed by Mgr. Le Roy. (East Africa 1867-01-27)|
|1868||The first Roman Catholic Mission on the mainland of East Africa is founded at Bagamoyo (Apostolic Prefecture of Zanguebar) by Fathers An-toine Horner and Edouard Baur. Fr Horner and Brother Marcellin settle at Bagamoyo. (East Africa 1868-03-04)|
|1869||A minor Seminary is opened at Bagamoyo by the Spiritans. It is later transferred to Zanzibar in 1872 where it dies a natural death. (East Africa 1869-02-17)|
|1870||A serious epidemic of cholera claims the lives of more than 1,000 people at Bagamoyo mission. Sister M. Julienne of the Filles de Marie, a collaborator with the Spiritan Pioneers, also dies. (East Africa 1870-04-17)|
|1871||A famous British journalist and explorer, Henry M. Stanley visits Bagamoyo mission and commends the Holy Ghost missionaries for the work they are doing in instilling in their converts "principles of religion, education and business of life". (East Africa 1871-02-05)|
|1871||Bishop Maupoint (of Saint-Denis, Reunion) gives up his jurisdiction over East Africa, thereby allowing the Apostolic Prefecture of Zanzibar to be confided to the Spiritans. (East Africa 1871-06-10)|
|1872||A cyclone does much damage to the whole of Bagamoyo Mission compound: roofs are blown off, walls collapse, trees are uprooted - but for-tunately no lives are lost. (East Africa 1872-04-15)|
|1873||A British Minister, Sir Bartle Frere on his mission to abolish the slave trade, visits Bagamoyo mission and commends the Holy Ghost missionaries in their work of liberating and rehabilitating the slaves. (East Africa 1873-03-17)|
|1874||The junior seminary with 24 students is moved from Zanzibar to Bagamoyo. Brother Oscar from Dusseldorf runs a sort of procure for the mission, collaborating with the White Fathers and some ex-plorers. (East Africa 1874-01-28)|
|1875||The first Spiritan brother, Philip Mzuako, makes his profession. (East Africa 1875-01-29)|
|1877||After the Mission had recovered from the destruction of the cyclone the original idea of penetrating into the interior was taken up again and a Mission was founded at Mhonda in the Nguru moutains. Soon other stations at Mandera (1881), Morogoro (1882), Tununguo (1884), and Ilonga (1886) followed. (East Africa 1877-01-30)|
|1878||The Spiritan pioneers are restricted to 300 miles from the coast with the arrival of the White Fathers who, at the end of February, 1878, are granted permission by Propaganda Fide to work in Central Africa, especially around the great Lakes. The Spiritan missionaries help them in their thrust in-land. (East Africa 1878-04-29)|
|1878||The first caravan of White Fathers to the interior is organised by Fr. Baur and Br. Oskar (Spiritans) On 11.06.1878, it sets out from Bagamoyo with 300 porters to the great lakes in Central Africa. Three other caravans, organised in the same way, follow in 1879, 1883 and 1887. (East Africa 1878-06-12)|
|1883||The Prefecture Apostolic becomes a Vicariat and Raoul de Courmont is named the first bishop on November 23, 1883. The pastoral aim is to create a Christian village community of craftsmen and farmers. (East Africa 1883-02-22)|
|1887||The Holy See divides the Prefecture of Zanguebar: Southern Zanguebar is entrusted to the Benedictines, the Spiritans retain the northern section. (East Africa 1887-11-16)|
|1889||Tana River foundation and the first baptism in modern times in Mombasa (Vicariat Apostolic of North Zanguebar). (East Africa 1889-02-28)|
|1891||Holy Ghost missionaries open a mission at Kilema, the first at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. (East Africa 1891-02-09)|
|1891||Fr. Gommendinger starts the Kilimanjaro mission. Père Le Roy begins work in Mombasa where a group of Christians had been killed in 1630. (East Africa 1891-03-09)|
|1901||The Vicariat of Central Zanzibar becomes the Vicariat of Bagamoyo. (East Africa 1901-12-21)|
|1906||The Holy See creates the Vicariat of Bagamoyo (Central Zanzibar) out of the Vicariat of Northern Zanguebar. Fr François-Xavier VOGT is appointed Bishop for the new Vicariat of Kilimanjaro. (East Africa 1906-05-11)|
|1907||Mgr. Xavier Vogt becomes Vicar Apostolic of the New Vicariat of Central Zanzibar. He establishes his residence in Bagamoyo. The new Vi-cariat has 30 priests, 20 brothers and 13.600 Chris-tians. The name of the Vicariat changes to the Vi-cariat of Bagamoyo soon afterwards. (Bagamoyo 1907-01-15)|
|1910||The Apostolic Vicariat of Kilimanjaro is set up and P. Alois Munsch is named bishop. (East Africa 1910-09-06)|
|1917||German and Alsatian nationals are interned and eventually expelled to Egypt and India. Bishop Vogt is declared persona non grata. Fr. Bartholomew Wilson of the Irish Province replaces him and is ordained bishop in 1924. He moves the residence to Morogoro. (East Africa 1917-04-13)|
|1920||By the end of the first half of the year, nearly all the German missionaries have been repa-triated after the war: 12 priests and 26 brothers. (East Africa 1920-04-20)|
|1932||The Apostolic Vicariate of Bagamoyo (Tanganyika) is confided to the Dutch Province. (Bagamoyo 1932-01-04)|
|1932||The Province of the United States takes over responsibility for the Vicariat of Kilimanjaro. Two years later, Dutch Spiritans will be asked to run Bagamoyo. (Bagamoyo 1932-05-09)|
|1939||Fr Alfonse Mtana, a diocesan priest of the Apostolic Vicariat of Kilimanjaro, becomes the first African priest to be ordained in the Holy Ghost Vicariates of East Africa. (East Africa 1939-04-01)|
|1954||Bishop Herman van Elswijk resigns and is succeeded by the first African bishop in the diocese. There are 87 priests, 19 brothers and 168,000 Catholics in the diocese. (Bagamoyo 1954-06-15)|
|1960||Fr Joseph Kilasara is ordained a Bishop in Rome. He is the first East African Spiritan Bishop as well as the first African-born Bishop of Moshi. (Tanzania 1960-05-08)|
|1961||Tanganyika becomes independent. In 1964 it joins with Zanzibar and takes the new name of Tanzania. (Tanzania 1961-12-09)|
|1965||At the urging of five Tanzanian Spiritans, the District chapter of Kilimanjaro adopts the project of creating an East Africa Foundation, the first stage leading to our present Province of East Africa. (Tanzania 1965-06-26)|
|1967||Fr. Adrian Mkoba, born and educated in the diocese, is consecrated bishop in the cathedral of Morogoro. (Tanzania 1967-07-02)|
|1973||The first group of Novices are received into the Noviciate: this marks the beginning of the East African Foundation (at Usa River, Tanzania). (E.A.F. 1973-01-10)|
|1974||The first group of East African Foundation Novices make their temporary profession. They are Liberatus Kundy, Daniel Macha, Paul Chuwa and Alois Minde. (East African Province 1974-01-03)|
|1989||The East African Foundation becomes the East African Province with Fr Daniel Macha as its first Provincial. (E.A.F. 1989-02-02)|
|1989||The 4th Enlarged General Council takes place at Arusha, Tanzania. There are 49 Spiritans present. (C.S.Sp. 1989-05-08)|
|1990||The end of the District of Bagamoyo. The remaining group of Dutch confreres now come directly under the General Council. (Bagamoyo 1990-02-02)|
|1990||The first Chapter of the Province begins. Fr. Augustine Shao becomes the first elected Provincial. (East African Province 1990-11-25)|
|1993||The number of confreres continues to decrease and so the circumscription can no longer operate as an independent district. Henceforth it be-comes a Group under the jurisdiction of the General Administration. (Bagamoyo 1993-02-24)|
|1997||Fr Augustine Shao is ordained Bishop for the Diocese of Zanzibar in Zanzibar. He is the first member of the East African Province to be ordained a Bishop; Bishops Joseph Kilasara and Bernard Ngaviliau belonged to the USA - East Province at the time of their ordinations. (Tanzania 1997-04-27)|
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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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