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Spring 2019 One Heart One Spirit Newsletter

Spiritan Ministry in Asia is Rich in Spirit

By Fr. Patrick Palmer, C.S.Sp., Provincial Superior of Taiwan, Vietnam, and India
The Spiritan mission in Asia began in 1977, when Spiritans arrived in Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. Twenty years later, in 1997, they established missions in the Philippines and Taiwan. And ten years later, in  2007, they established a community in Vietnam. In 2010 a mission was set up in India. Each of these missions is different and unique, reflecting the extraordinary diversity of cultures and religions which makes up this continent.

Taiwan is a first world country, rich, materialistic and secular. The culture is a form of Buddhism; the Catholic population is tiny. The Spiritans have responsibility for four parishes and a number of outstations in two dioceses. They have also taken on chaplaincies to prisons, universities and youth. But perhaps their main role is to be witnesses to the Christian message to a people who seem to have lost their spiritual bearings. Read More.

Also in this Issue

2   Welcome from the Provincial
2   Cor Unum et Anima Una in the Philippines
3   SOMA News: Educating Religious from and for China
4   SOMA News: Spiritans Care for Poor and Orphaned in Zambia
5   SOMA News: Nigerian Novitiate Receives New Minibus
5   SOMA News: 150 Years of Service in Haiti
5   SOMA News: Novenas are Available
6   Spiritan Appointed Director of Nesti Center for Faith and Culture (Pictured are Frs. Donald S. Nesti and Binh T. Quach, C.S.Sp.)
6   Zanzibar Forum Sheds Light on Interreligious Dialogue
7   Fr. Girard J. Kohler, C.S.Sp., Enters Eternal Life
8   Spiritan Archives

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