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Excerpt from address at the launch of Spirasi’s Strategic Plan; 7th March 2018 Brendan Carr, Chairperson of Spirasi’s Board of Directors

What good all your prayer and devotion if the stranger who resides with you is not as a citizen among you; you shall love the stranger as yourself, for you too were strangers and I welcomed you! Leviticus (19:34)

Spiritan Associate visits Rome

An interview in March 2018 with Ms Thérèse Osborne, a Spiritan Associate in Ireland, can be seen at https://youtu.be/TZu0uiUn_H8

Excerpt from Homily for Libermann Day (2nd February) 2018

In looking back we are capable of finding the wisdom for what lies ahead. In its darkest hours, after the French Revolution and before the merger with Libermann in 1848, the Congregation was fragmented and dispersed; at one particular stage it was even reduced to a total of just six members.

Tombs of young Irish Spiritan Brothers who died in India in the 1860s

In 2017 Serge Ballanger, Pat Palmer and I set off to Kolkota in search of the tombs of the early Spiritans in India. Trained in the Holy Spirit Seminary in Paris while Fr. Schwindenhammer was Superior General of the Congregation, Spiritan missionaries were sent from France over a period of some 60 years...

Visit to Vienna’s Abbey of the Holy Cross

Last year I had the honour of staying near Vienna, in Stift Heiligenkreuz (“Abbey of the Holy Cross” in English). Founded in the time of St. Bernard, this is the second-oldest Cistercian monastery in the world and was visited in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI. Even though the church-going population of Catholic Austria is less than 10 per cent, the monastery today is full of young monks; it currently has no fewer than six novices and as many postulants.