The Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) is a Catholic congregation of priests, brothers and lay associates, founded in 1703 by a young French nobleman - Claude Poullart des Places - who gave up the practice of law to study for the priesthood.
About 150 years later, also in France, Francis Libermann, a converted Jew, started another religious family: the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The two congregations, both dedicated to the evangelization and service of the poor, later became one: The Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In 1997, the Spiritans started a new project in South East Asia, with communities in Taiwan and The Philippines. Then years later started in Vietnam.
We work in dozens of countries worldwide. Our spiritan identity develops in specific ways according to the needs of the church and society in the areas where we work. These are some of the constants of our work: