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Spiritan Vocation Promotion in Asia

Our History

Our History
Our Formation Program
Contact Us
Youth Activities

We are a Roman Catholic Religious Congregation of over three thousand members. Our missions are spread in the entire world's continents, including ASIA. While we may be found involved in many diverse ministries, we have dedicated ourselves to working with the poor and in those situations where the Church has difficulty in finding ministers. Mission is at the heart of Spiritan Life.

      The Spiritans are a Missionary Congregation of priests and brothers who have religious vows, and of lay associates. We are drawn from five continents and work in all six, in fifty countries. The focus for long was mainly on African missions, but now with our African foundations producing native-born missionaries our mission field has become worldwide.
      The Congregation was founded in 1703 in Paris by Claude Poullart des Places. It trained priests for the French colonies mainly, as well as for other works for the poor and neglected.
      In 1841 our second founder or "restorer", Venerable Francis Libermann, a convert Jew who was declared Venerable by Pope Pius X in 1910, founded his congregation to preach the Gospel to those who had not heard it. Seeking Vatican recognition, he was instructed to amalgamate his new congregation with the now depleted although well established Spiritans. This historic amalgamation took place with Libermann as Superior General.

 

MISSION AND MINISTRY

The Mission of the Spiritans is to preach the Good News of the Kingdom to the poor, to those whose needs are greatest, and to the oppressed, often in a culture and country different from their own. Our Mission involves first evangelisation and often required before this is pre-evangelisation, that is, people having to be prepared to hear the Gospel. This usually involves education as well as social and economic development.  

  • Village evangelisation
  • Socio-Economic development
  • Education, formal and informal, at all levels
  • Parish ministry
  • Liberation and Conscientisation efforts
  • Training of lay leaders
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Small Christian Community promotion and guidance
  • Chaplaincy - hospital, educational, and military
  • Youth ministry
  • Refugee ministry
  • Prison ministry
  • Famine and Disaster relief organisation

But there is need for more 'labourers' in the Lord's vineyard. So, if you're touched to embrace the missionary life, please do not hesitate to contact us today.  May God bless you.

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Claude Francois Poullart des Places (1679-1709)
                        Our Founder
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Francis Libermann (1802-1852)
Co-Founder

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