OUR SPIRITAN FAMILY
One Heart, One Spirit
The Spiritan Rule of Life
Venerable Francis Libermann embarked on an extraordinary faith journey. Born in 1802 into an orthodox Jewish family in France's Alsace region and given the name Jacob, he was destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a rabbi. However, his pathtook an unexpected turn when his studies led him to the New Testament and Christianity. At Christmas 1826, he was baptized Francis Mary Paul.
Delayed by illness,his pursuit of the Catholic priesthood took a total of no less than fifteenyears. He was finally ordained in 1841. The years leadingto his ordination served as a period of grace and maturation for him. He becamea trusted advisor to many seminarians and others seeking spiritual growth.Through his own trials, and joys, he developed unwavering confidence and aprofound belief that the Holy Spirit was guiding human affairs.
Libermann's concept of "practical union with God" empowered him and others to recognize the divine in everyday life, facing challenges with confidence and faith.
His spirituality, rooted in responsiveness to the Spirit, proved invaluable during the development of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as well as obtaining official approval from Rome for their apostolate to people of the margins.
Spiritan Mission Ireland
Sunday 19th November 2023 marks the 7thAnnual World Day of the Poor (WDP).
The theme for World Day of the Poor 2023 is from the Book of Tobit: “Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor.” (Tob 4:7). “When we encounter a poor person, we cannot look away, for that would prevent us from encountering the face of the Lord Jesus,” Pope Francis wrote.
In his message for the World Day of the Poor 2023 Pope Francis listed an array of cultural phenomena that prevent people from caring for the poor: greater pressure to live affluently, a tendency to disregard suffering, virtual reality overtaking real life and a sense of haste that prevents people from stopping to care for others. He offered the parable of the Good Samaritan, who stops to help a man in the street beaten by robbers, to counter the hangups many people have against helping the poor.
The parable “is not simply a story from the past; it continues to challenge each of us in the here and now of our daily lives,” he said. “It is easy to delegate charity to others, yet the calling of every Christian is to become personally involved.”Pope Francis’ full message is available here from the Vatican website.
- December 22, 2023
Led by Sean Goan Date: Saturday, 16th December 2023 Time 10.00am - 4.00pm Cost: €30.00. Booking Essential
Jubilees of Profession (25th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 75th and 80th) will take place this year on Saturday 9th September 2023 in Kimmage Manor.
Meeting of European Bursars (Poland) and European Formators (Portugal) will take place…
Jubilee of Ordination (25th, 50th, 60th , 70th and 75th) will take place on…
“Doing Lent Differently” – Learning from the Scriptures. Facilitated by Sean Goan. Cost: €30 including light lunch.
Provincial Assembly and Feast Day of Venerable Francis Libermann: Friday, 31st January 2020 in Kimmage
International Formators’ Meeting Monday 25th – Thursday 28th November Rome.
Kimmage Manor Friday, 16th August 2019 from 10.a.m. Dr. Tony Gittins C.S.Sp. will give three inputs on the day.
The Province will celebrate Memorial Sunday, remembering deceased Spiritans, on Sunday 16th June 2019 in both Kimmage Manor and Rockwell.
We have 17 en-suite bedrooms 13 single and 4 twin rooms. We supply bedlinen and towels in all rooms and hair dryer and iron on request. Houses are non-smoking, but there is a designated smoking area.
Every Sunday the Spiritan Community celebrate a reflective Eucharist at 10:30am - all are welcome. There are also ritual celebrations at key moments in the Liturgical year and in the cosmic cycle.
An Tobar is the Retreat & Spirituality Centre of the Irish Spiritan Province. It is located in Ardbraccan near Navan where the novitiate for Spiritan Brothers was based in the 1950s / ’60s and where the Province maintained a working farm for many years. Today the grounds form a pleasant backdrop to the Centre which is overseen by a small Spiritan community and team.
The Centre, which has been operational since the 1980s, offers: