Duquesne University - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Academic excellence and the accessibility of education to all people is a top priority. Duquesne was recently named one of the top ten Catholic universities in Ameri...
Visions for the Future
For the Spiritans, the journey into the future is not a guided tour, but rather an around-the-world adventure. On this adventure, the Holy Spirit is in charge, and the needs of the people on the side of the road will determine the stops ...
The Spiritans: One Heart. One Spirit.
Who We Are
We are a group of men with many diverse personalities and backgrounds. We are called by God to serve those most in need throughout a great diversity of cultures. We recognize and lift up the Holy Spirit through education, mi...
From the beginning, Spiritans have been offered a ministry of presence and of hope. Over three centuries, we have brought the Word of God to people on five continents.
The Spiritans have a rich history of serving the poor and ...
When Spiritans get to know a group of people and gradually introduce them to the Gospel message, we call it "first evangelization." It brings the Good News about Jesus Christ to people who have never heard it before. It is n...
After a community embraces Christianity, its members need spiritual support and encouragement for their continued growth. Traditionally, missionaries:
administer the sacraments and help the faithful learn more about their religi...
Volunteers in Flight in Tanzania
Fr. Pat Patten, C.S.Sp., has spent 20 years as a bush pilot in Tanzania, the only Spiritan and only priest of four Flying Medical Service volunteers. They provide regular preventive, curative, and emergency health care and health educati...
Serving Africans in Tanzania
Tanzania is a republic in the Indian Ocean in East Africa, of 35 million people, about 25 percent of whom are Catholic. The Spiritans in Tanzania work with both local and refugee populations, who mostly live in rural areas and ...
Claude Poullard Des Places
Claude Poullard des Places
Original founder of the Holy Ghost Congregation
From privilege to poverty, the life of Spiritan founder Claude des Places is an inspiring tale of transformation through the Holy Spirit.
Des Places and his Family
Claude des Places was born on February 25, 1679 in Rennes, the capital city of Brittany, France. He was the eldest child and only son of Francis des Places and Jeanne le Meneust. His parents were exemplary Christians and citizens, very hard...
Des Places - Founding CSSp
When Claude des Places began his studies for the priesthood at the Jesuit College in Paris in October 1701, probably the last thing on his mind was that two years later he would open a new seminary. However, as so often happens, the Holy ...
Des Places In His Youth
Claude des Places, one of the youngest founders of a major religious congregation, accomplished so much and influenced so many other young people during his short life, that he continues to be a role model for young people today. Like them,...
Des Places - Spirituality
True Devotion to the Holy Spirit
Claude Poullart des Places and his early associates were devoted to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, titling their community to be "of the Holy Spirit". Spelled out in the first of the 263...
Des Places - Seminarian
TO YOU ALONE, 0 God, it belongs to touch the hearts of people. In acknowledging your power, with what effect do I also acknowledge your love! You love me, divine Saviour, and prove it in a striking way. I know your tenderness is infin...
Exploring a Vocation
We invite you to engage with us in this section as you meet many Spiritans, including our Vocation Director, Brother Michael Suazo, C.S.Sp.
Could I be a Spiritan?
Perhaps as you discover more about the Spiritans, their life in com...
Welcome letter from Jeff Duaime
Welcome to the Spiritan world!
It is a wonderful place of great diversity and ample opportunities to be of service to others. I invite you to explore who we are and what we are about through this website; but, more importantly, I challenge...
Welcome from Brother Michael
Greetings in the Holy Spirit!
American Spiritans are involved in missionary work both here and abroad. Ministries include parish ministry, educational works, and a variety of special ministries such as chaplaincies, retreat ministri...
Called to be Spiritan
How do you know if you are called to be a Spiritan? Do you have some questions about religious life and the Spiritan community?
Welcome to the Spiritan World!
Joining the Spiritans means having a vocation that gives ba...
The Path to Spiritan Life
What is the journey to a Spiritan commitment like?
It's not a decision that is made quickly or with little thought. To help each man who feels he is called to be a Spiritan brother or priest understand the commitment ...
Overseas with Jeff Duaime
Taking Chances for God
The Overseas Training Program (OTP) is a vital component of the Spiritan formation process. Following the novitiate experience, candidates spend one year as a missionary working in a variety of cultural settings. ...
Overseas with Bill Christy
Life in a Kikatiti Parish in Tanzania 1989-1991
Overseas Training Program (OTP) could be likened to an internship. It's where a man in formation can experience the life of a missionary while still in formation and temporary commitment to t...
Brother and Priest
Most people have some idea of what a priest is, but most are at a loss when asked what a religious brother is.
Brothers and priests share a common identity as members of a specific religious community. The real difference is what t...
Laval House, Pittsburgh, PA
A welcoming place to experience your pre-novitiate year. Found on the campus of Duquesne University, Laval House accommodates you as you begin your exploration in...
Talk to a Spiritan
Spiritans Reflect on their Vocations
"Listen to the spirit speaking within you and through the Church. It's the spirit who enkindles your passion for service and for relationship with God in love. To follow the spirit means to grow...
Brother Michael Suazo, C.S.Sp.
Holy Spirit Provincialate
Bethel Park, PA 15102-2214
If you think you may have a calling to r...
Who is an Associate Spiritan?
Associate Spiritans are individuals called by God to live in practical union with God in the Spirit. While not vowed Spiritan "brothers" or "sisters", lay Spiritans are an essential p...
Meet Some Lay Spiritans
Lay Spiritans are an energetic and committed group of people who serve and relate to the Congregation in a many different ways to share their time and talents to make the world a better place.
Read profiles and thoughts fro...
A Weekly Book Discussion Group
Every month we will discuss a new book selection. Join us on Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch. The cost for lunch is $10. Books may be purchased on your own or at the ...
Retreats and Classes
Under construction - please check back again in the next few months. Thank you for your patience.
Women’s Retreat 2011
7 p.m. Fr...
Welcome to the Spiritan Center
Formation, Retreat, Renewal
The Spiritan Center, south of the city of Pittsburgh in Bethel Park, is a ministry of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. The Center offers retreats, days of renewal, programs in faith formation and ...
Archconfraternity of the Holy Ghost
The Confraternity of the Holy Ghost was canonically established in the Chapel of Holy Ghost Missionary College, Cornwells Heights, Pennsylvania, on October 8, 1912. By Apostolic Letters of His Holiness Pope Pius XI it...
Common Prayers for Spiritans
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence and Wonder-Awe.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost:
O Lord Jesus C...
About the Spiritans
The Spiritans have been in the business of evangelization and serving those in need for more than 300 years. Our first founder, Claude Poullart des Places, felt God tugging at his heart and wanted to do...
The spirituality of our cofounder is vital for our time. Growing up as a Jew, Francis Mary Paul Libermann came to know the living God of Abraham, Isaac,...
Lay Spiritan Spirituality
The Chaos of Life
Spiritan spirituality brings order out of the chaos of daily life by leading us into the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Libermann's practical spirituality shows the way to experien...
Spiritans in South Africa
Spiritans first set foot on South African soil in 1878. That year Fr. Duparquet took over the Prefecture of Cimbebasia which then comprised parts of Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Conflict and communication difficulties forbade further wo...
Spiritans in Ethiopia
In 1972 the first Spiritans came to Ethiopia in response to their call as a congregation of missionaries. This decision followed an expulsion of Irish Spiritans from Nigeria during the civil war in the late 1960s. ...
Among their many and varied ministries, U.S. Spiritans place a great emphasis on education. They work in eight universities, two graduate programs of theological education, five secondary schools, and...
Holy Ghost Prep
Holy Ghost Preparatory School - Bensalem, Pennsylvania
With Christ at the center, Holy Ghost Preparatory School aspires to form young men morally, intellectually, and spiritually in the Spiritan tradition. This tradition foster...
One Heart. One Spirit.
The Spiritans are a Roman Catholic religious congregation founded in France in 1703. Today we have nearly 3,000 priests, brothers and Lay Spiritans. With missions in over 60 countries around the world, we are...
Missions in Australia
Because of the early Spiritan tradition of the “evangelization of freed slaves”, Spiritan ministries have flourished and continue to do so in Africa, the Caribbean and South America. As times changed the Spiritans respo...
Spiritans have been ministering in Haiti for more than 150 years but 2004 brought the first Spiritan missionary presence in the neighboring country of the Dominican Republic, in the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguan...
Timeline for Taiwan/Vietnam
1992 - The Spiritan General Chapter of Itaici asks to prepare a New Initiative in Asia.
1995 - September to June 1996: Fr. Binh Quach (USA) learns Chinese language in Fu-Jen University, Taipei.
1997 - December 4-10: f...
Mission in Taiwan/Vietnam
There are nine Spiritan confreres in Taiwan in the parishes of St. John and the Holy Spirit Parish. They serve as parish priests for the locals from China and Vietnam, help in the orphanages and with other charities, offer com...
Missions in Mexico
After 10 years as a missionary priest with the African-Americans in Opelousas, Louisiana, and 10 years in Puerto Rico, Frank Kichak, C.S.Sp., was sent to the Huasteca Potosina in the State of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 1979. Here i...
Leadership in Puerto Rico
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 wa...
Vocations in Puerto Rico
In 1975, Fr. Neil McQuillan was named Vocation Director and one year later the congregation opened a formation program within Regina Cleri Seminary in the diocese of Ponce with five candidates. All of us in Puerto Rico pray for young peo...
History of U.S. Province
From our first mission member in 1794 to the unification of the provinces in 2009, the U.S. Spiritans have been helping the poor and marginalized around the world. Today there are about 100 Spiritans in 19 American parishes; in various e...