The Willow Wheeler Mission Trip of February 2018 to Ethiopia

40 members of the Willow Wheelers, including 12 students, travelled to Ethiopia last February. After visiting projects in Arba Minch, we made the long journey to Borana by bus. In Doshke, where the Spiritans support community-based agriculture, education, health and water projects, Mammo Beriso, Director of the SCORE outreach programme, stressed the importance of promoting self-sufficiency and sustainability. We saw much evidence of the community’s active participation in development.

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...