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.

Celebrating the memory of Blessed Jacques Laval C.S.Sp.

The annual feast-day of Blessed Jacques Laval, who is venerated as the Apostle of Mauritius, is celebrated on 9th September. In Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, this is not just a Spiritan or diocesan feast-day but is celebrated across the entire nation. It is quite a spectacle to see Adventists, Anglicans, Catholics, Hindus, Shias and Sunnis all converging on the tomb of the Spiritan. One thing that many of the pilgrims will have in common is that they represent the poorest sections of society.

Looking back at a year on a Pastoral Experience Programme in Ireland Tewodros Awala Meles C.S.Sp.

Adjusting to life in Ireland Looking back at a year in Ireland where I did my Pastoral Experience Programme in Ballintubber / Ballymoe, a rural – and beautiful – Spiritan parish in Ireland’s Diocese of Elphin. Away from my native Ethiopia, I was exposed to a culture different from my own.