Congregation of the Holy Ghost and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Article

Founded on the feast of Pentecost, 1703, by Claude François Poullart des Places to prepare missionaries for the most abandoned souls in Christian or pagan countries. It sent missionaries to the French colonies, to India and China. After the French revolution only one member remained, Father Berout, who restored the congregation. In 1848 the Society of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, founded by Father Libermann, 1842, was united with that of the Holy Ghost. He is regarded as the founder of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as it exists today. The missions in Africa, distinctive work of the congregation, costing the lives of 700 missionaries in 60 years, are due to the initiative of two American prelates, Bishop England of Charleston and Reverend Doctor Barron. There are also missions in Northern Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, Comoro, Nossi-Be, Mayotte and Rodriguez Islands, Trinidad, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Teffe, Haiti and in 3 archdioceses and 13 dioceses of the United States, specializing in colored missions. They conduct important educational institutions, including the French seminary at Rome, the colonial seminary at Paris, and the colleges of Blackrock, Rockwell, and Rathmines in Ireland, three colleges in Portugal, and at Ottawa, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Duquesne University). There are six provinces, of France, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Belgium-Holland, and the United States, and the vice-province of England. The superior-general resides at Paris; the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples holds jurisdiction over all. In March, 1922, the congregation was officially recognized by the Colonial Office of the British Government.

MLA Citation

  • “Congregation of the Holy Ghost and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary“. Congregations of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 July 2015. Web. 19 September 2017. <>