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Six Irish Spiritans attend February / March 2020 meetings in Rome

The Congregation has just completed its two-week meeting in Rome for confrères who had been appointed to leadership roles during the last two years. Nineteen confrères from across the world were joined by members of the General Council and Generalate Team in Rome and, for particular parts of the meeting, by others with specific inputs to give on areas such as Overseas Development.

Spiritan who served in Nigeria in the 1960s re-visits former parishes

It was in Nigeria in 1966, the year after his ordination, that Michael Walsh C.S.Sp., (pictured) began his long service to date as a missionary priest. He first arrived in the west African country not long before the beginning of its civil war, known to many as ‘The Biafran War’. After leaving Nigeria, he was one of a group of Irish Spiritans who moved to open up the congregation’s first-ever mission in Zambia in 1971 and he continues to serve in the southern African country to this day.

Meeting of the leaders of Spiritan Development Offices Kimmage Manor, 30th – 31st January 2020

The first-ever international meeting of the leaders of Spiritan Development Offices (SDOs) in Belgium, Ireland, Portugal and the USA was hosted by the Irish Province in Kimmage.

Christmas 2019 in Ireland - Locky Flanagan C.S.Sp.*

2019 is one of my the few Christmases that I will have spent at home since I first went on overseas mission in 1980. I’m particularly looking forward to the privilege of hearing confessions and saying the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at Cuan Mhuire, a home where addicts are treated. The centre was given the name ‘The Harbour of Mary’ (in Irish) – in honour of Mary, Our Mother – by its founder Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald RSM.  Listening to Sr Consilio, I grew in appreciating ever more Mary’s role as a mentor in my own life.  I had been gathering wisdom on mentoring from a couple of different sources. Why?

Rotu in East Pokot region, Kenya – December 2019

The Spiritans are in East Pokot since the 1980s. After much preparatory work, a permanent mission began in Rotu in 2011 when I moved to this very under-developed and inaccessible part of the region. An early priority was to open a primary school since almost nobody in the parish could read or write or had a good knowledge of the Kiswahili language.