- Fr. Robert Eberhert was the first Principal Superior named for Puerto Rico. He was later elected to the General Council in Rome.
- Fr. Vincent Niederberger finished Fr. Eberhert's term.
Fr. Jacob Grossman was named Superior after Fr Vince. Fr. Jake was one of several German confreres, who had been working in Nigeria and learned Spanish in a prison camp during the Second World War.
- Fr. Albert Seichepine was named Principle Superior and served for nine years. A formation program was started.
- Fr. Charles Connors, former General Councilor and Provincial of the Eastern Province, was elected Superior for two terms.
- Fr. Neil McQuillan succeeded Fr. Chuck in 1985 and was elected for three terms.
Fr. Osvaldo Pérez González, the first Puerto Rican-elected Superior, served two terms. He was ordained by Bishop Enrique Hernández. (Coincidentally, the catechist that had prepared the future bishop was Fr. Osvaldo´s grandfather.)
- Fr. McQuillan was elected again for one additional term.
- Fr. José Antonio Alamo Villegas, who was the first Puerto Rican professed and ordained for the Foundation of Puerto Rico, was recently reelected for his third term.
The Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit
During Fr. Eberhardt´s administration, the property for the National Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit was purchased as a residence for the Principal Superior, functioning over the years as a place to receive the confreres on their free days, hold annual retreats and training facility of lay leaders.
Fr. Thomas Sharkey began the Sanctuary's publication of the Mensajero del Espíritu Santo, to foster an authentic devotion to the Holy Spirit. Under the directorship of Fr. Charles Connors the number of subscriptions reached over 12,000.
Fr. Al Seichepine placed more emphasis on the celebration of Pentecost, with growing numbers in attendance each year for the outdoor Mass. Well over a thousand faithful continue to come each year from all over the island, as well as the mainland, to participate in the celebrations, known for their creativity and beauty.
Fr. Eberhardt built a small chapel attached to the priests’ residence in the Sanctuary, which also served the spiritual needs of Santa Rosa of Dorado. Fr. Charles Connors replaced the original roof with concrete. Later, Fr. Osvaldo expanded the renovations of the chapel by including air-conditioning, a separate Eucharistic oratory and a beautiful stain glass window dedicated to the Holy Spirit.
A Center for the Mission
Today the Sanctuary is a Center of Mission Animation. Courses are offered on the Holy Scriptures and the Social Encyclicals as well as music, art, sewing, yoga, and modeling. It also hosts inter-parish and diocesan gatherings.
Our lay teams:
- visit the local prison,
- work with the children who attend Sunday Mass,
- help support our overseas missionaries with medical/dental clinics,
- teach workshops for catechists,
- collaborate with a program to help feed street people.