Some of the features that define Spiritans are Evangelical Availability. The Spiritan Charism entails various parameters.
We are a Roman Catholic Congregation of
. Congregation was founded in Paris in 1703 by Claude Poullart des Places.
- Brothers and
- Lay Associates
- Brothers and
- Lay Associates
To understand the history of the Spiritan Province of Tanzania, one has to go back to the beginning of the then East Africa Foundation that later on became the East Africa Province in February 1989. The foundations of the Province were laid by the Superiors of the Districts in East Africa, namely, Kenya, Kilimanjaro and Bagamoyo, who worked in collaboration with the General Council.
Our Superior's Message
“Let them always be mindful of a great maxim, a fundamental one for all those who wish to work for the glory of God and the salvation of soul. It is this we must always work for our own sanctification, and that not only by never losing sight of it, but even by making it our only care. As a necessary consequence, all those who work seriously at becoming men of renunciation, interior men, men living only in the love of God, dead to themselves and alive solely and fully to God and God – such never fail to do important and efficacious work for the salvation and sanctification of souls – but their great occupation is their own progress. They seek only to please their divine and adorable Master, and this with all their power, Hence, they do all that is agreeable to Him and, thereby, while hardly seemly to aim at it, they procure the sanctification of their brethren, with a zeal and efficiency of which many others together would be incapable”
Venerable Francis Libermann
Claude was born on February 26, 1679 of French parents Francis Claude (Lawyer in the parliament of Britany) and Jeanne Le Meneust de la Vieuxville. He was, in fact, the first born boy of this noble couple. Due to the strong devotion of this couple to Our Lady, the little Claude was always clad in white robes until he was seven in honor of Our Lady. He was entrusted to a good private tutor and at the age of 9 he began his secondary studies at the Jesuit School in Rennes in 1690. Claude was an exceptionally brilliant boy and acquired many academic honors in different disciplines such as Philosophy, Rhetoric and law.
Jacob Libermann as he was initially known was born in a Jewish family at Saverne in Alsace, France in 1802. His father was the chief Rabbi of Saverne, the position which he believed his son Jacob would assume after him. During Jacob’s early life, his father introduced him to Hebrew Scriptures and other Jewish writings. Jacob was sent by his father to Metz for advanced rabbinical studies. During this time, he got acquainted to the European culture and learnt Germany, French, Latin, and Greek languages. He as well got an opportunity to read such writings as the Emile of Jean Jacques Rousseau.
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Our Spiritan Vocation
The Spiritan life is a call by the Father and “set apart” (Acts 13:2) to follow Jesus and to announce the Good News of the Kingdom. 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. We draw inspirations from the charisms of our Founders: Claude Poullart des Places and Francis Libermann. At the core of the Spiritan vocation is the “apostolic life”, the life of love and of holiness lived by Jesus Christ in order to save and sanctify people. To live this apostolic life in Christ’s footsteps, our consecration includes three [...]Read More