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Some members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). Credit: Spiritans Nigeria/@csspnigeria

Longing Fulfilled on Election of First African Superior General of 318-year-old Order

Oct 28, 2021

The election of Fr. Alain Mayama from Congo Brazzaville as the new Superior General for the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) not only testifies that Africa is becoming the axis of Catholicism. It also fulfils a deep desire that one of the Congregation’s founders harbored to have a black man become the first Superior General of the Missionary Religious Order.

The four Priests belonging to the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) ordained May 7 at St. Austin’s Parish of Nairobi Archdiocese.

Missionaries of Kenya’s Oldest Order Lauded for “planting seed” that Continues to Flourish

May 9, 2021

The first missionaries of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) to arrive in Kenya have been applauded for “planting a seed” that continues to thrive through many Kenyan natives who continue to join the Religious Order that is the oldest in the East African country.

Nasaltuko Dispensary. / ACI Africa.

Why Missionaries’ Health, Education Apostolate is an Oasis for a Kenyan Marginalized Tribe

Jan 24, 2021

Br. Sebastian Oteng’ele, a nurse at Tangulbei Divisional Medical Programme (TDMP), remembers several instances seven years ago when he was presented with very sick patients, some on the verge of death, at the Clinic that members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) oversee within Kenya’s Diocese of Nakuru.

Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya Bert van Megen with a section of Spiritan Priests after the commissioning of Blessed Daniel Brottier Conference Hall and Accommodation facility 15 January 2021 / Credit: ACI Africa

Emulate St. Joseph, Be Good Teachers to Your Children, Nuncio in Kenya tells Fathers

Jan 19, 2021

As the Catholic Church all over the world continues to observe the Year of St. Joseph, which Pope Francis declared on 8 December 2020, the representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has called upon male parents in the East African country to emulate the father of Jesus and to be good examples to their children.

Kenya's Oldest Missionary Congregation Ministering "where others would not go" Lauded

Jan 17, 2021

The Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya, Archbishop Bert van Megen, has lauded members of the Religious Missionary Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) ministering in a remote settlement in Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Nakuru for their selflessness and for choosing to go and serve the poorest of the poor “where other people would not go.”

Kenyan-born Spiritan Fr. John Munjuri, Parish Priest of St. Mary's Mukuru Parish, Archdiocese of Nairobi, who has facilitated a feeding program on Fridays under the auspices of St. Vincent de Paul Group / St. Mary's Mukuru Parish, Nairobi Archdiocese

Oldest Missionary Congregation in Kenya Igniting Hope Among Poor Slum Dwellers

Dec 31, 2020

The marram road that leads to St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in Mukuru Kwa Njenga, a sprawling informal settlement located on the fringes of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya is lined with tiny single-roomed corrugated iron shacks that provide home to thousands of slum dwellers in one of the most deprived areas of the East African country.

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Catholic Aid Organization Facilitating Church Marriages for Couples in Ethiopia

Dec 16, 2020

The Borana people, members of one of the indigenous tribes in the South of Ethiopia, are embracing Catholic Sacraments with the help of a Pontifical charity organization which is at the centre of primary evangelization among the traditionally nomadic group.

Bishop Alain Harel of Seychelles' Port Victoria Diocese. He was installed on December 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. / Port Louis Diocese, Mauritius

Bishop in Seychelles “very enthusiastic” about New Episcopal Assignment, Thankful to God

Dec 10, 2020

The Bishop of Port Victoria in Seychelles has, during his installation, expressed his enthusiasm at his new ministry.

Late Archbishop Benedicto Roberto who died Sunday, November 8 at the age of 74.

Late Angolan Prelate “distinguished by his goodness, sincerity, great love of the Church”

Nov 9, 2020

The late Archbishop Benedicto Roberto who has been serving as the second Local Ordinary of Angola’s Malanje Archdiocese is being eulogized as having been instrumental in the growth of the Church in the Southern African nation.

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Mauritius' Port-Louis Diocese.

Cardinal Recognizes Mauritians’ Solidarity, Prays for “a more sober, fraternal Christmas”

Nov 8, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has acknowledged with appreciation the solidarity of the people of God in the Indian Ocean Island nation amid COVID-19 challenges, expressing the desire for a “sober and fraternal Christmas” later this year.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. / Abuja Archdiocese/Facebook Page

Every Christian has “a missionary DNA”, Nigerian Prelate on World Mission Sunday

Oct 20, 2020

The call to be a Missionary has no boundaries of whether or not one has been called into Priesthood or Religious Life, a Catholic Prelate in Nigeria has underscored, outlining the various roles of all Christians in participating in the Church’s mission.

Lorette College of Curepipe in Mauritius. / Lorette College of Curepipe/Facebook Page

Loreto Sisters in Mauritius Hailed for Overseeing 150 Years of Quality, Holistic Education

Oct 9, 2020

Members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), commonly known as Loreto Sisters, in Mauritius have been hailed for their dedication in offering quality and holistic education to students in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen laying hands on the candidates for ordination during Mass at the St. John the Evangelist Parish, Karen of the Archdiocese of Nairobi. / ACI Africa

“Give yourself to the full, exhaust yourself,” Nuncio in Kenya to Newly Ordained Deacons

Sep 27, 2020

Newly ordained African Deacons have been encouraged to take up their role as servants, giving themselves fully and unconditionally to the service of the people of God and expending all their energies in the ministry of the Church.

A poster announcing the Perpetual Vows and Diaconate Ordinate of 22 Seminarians of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). / Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans).

Stories of Blood, Sweat & Tears Behind Africa’s Growing Vocations: Spiritans’ Testimonies

Sep 25, 2020

Statistics have indicated a steady increase in the number of people joining the Priesthood and Religious Life in Africa despite an overall global plunge in those choosing to dedicate their lives to service of God as Priests and Religious.

Bishop Maurício Camuto of Angola’s Diocese of Caxito.

New Bishop in Angola Celebrates a Moment of Joy and “fear” on Ordination

Aug 19, 2020

The Sunday, August 16 Episcopal ordination of Mons. Maurício Camuto of Angola’s Diocese of Caxito was both a joyous and a moment of “fear” for the Bishop-elect who is seeking to entrust his service to the people of God in the Southern African country to God.

Oil leaking from a Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio, that ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius on July 25.

Mauritian Cardinal Bemoans Ecological Disaster, Appreciates Efforts Toward Biodiversity

Aug 16, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church Mauritius, the Indian Ocean island nation, has bemoaned the ecological disaster that befell the country a couple of weeks ago after a fuel spill in its waters.

Bishop Gabriel Mendy of the Gambia's Diocese of Banjul.

Church Leadership in Gambia Suspends Public Masses as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Aug 5, 2020

Following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in The Gambia in recent weeks, the Bishop of the lone Catholic Diocese in the West African nation has once again suspended the celebration of public Mass and other Church gatherings.

Bishop of Mauritius' Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat during Holy Mass marking the diocesan Feast of Vocations, August 2. / Port Louis Diocese/ Facebook

On Mauritius’ “feast of vocations,” Cardinal Likens Priests, Religious, Laity to Musicians

Aug 3, 2020

On the day set aside for the celebration of the gift of various vocations in Mauritius (feast of vocations) marked on Sunday, August 2, the head of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean island nation likened followers of Jesus Christ including Priests, Religious and Laity to musicians who have answered the call to dance to the music of the Gospel, advocating for a collaborative ministry akin to that of an orchestra.

Tomb of Blessed Fr Jacob Désiré Laval, the Apostle of Mauritius.

Book in Memory of Renowned Spiritan Missionary in Mauritius “an opportunity to give hope”

Jun 11, 2020

The newly-published book containing testimonies on the life of Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval, a renowned French Spiritan Priest, also referred to as the “Apostle of Mauritius” following his missionary work in the Indian Ocean island nation, aims at giving hope during moments of despair, the author has said.

Late Bishop Emeritus Óscar Lino Lopes Fernandes Braga of Benguela Diocese who died Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Angolan Bishop Who Ordained Over 300 Priests, Founded Association for Catholic Women Dies

May 28, 2020

The Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Benguela in Angola who, during his 45-year episcopacy ordained at least 300 priests, founded an Association for Catholic women, and revived the Scouts movement, among other accomplishments in the course of his ministry in the Southern African nation, died Tuesday, May 26.