Spiritan On This Day

April 21

Martinique 1851: Arrival of Mgr. Herpeur, the first Bishop of Martinique. He is one of the three Bishops for whose appointed Libermann has worked so hard in the last year of his life. The new bishop is anxious to start a junior and senior seminary.
Cameroon 1932: Père Maupeou is mortally wounded by a polygamous Christian with whom he is in discussion. His attacker asks his forgiveness and the Spiritan blesses him as he dies.
France 1938: The death of Mgr. Alexandre Le Roy, Superior General from 1896 to 1926. A great mis-sionary and ethnologist, he guided the Congregation through the crises of the French anti-clericalism and the First World War.
Rome 1957: The encyclical "Fidei Donum" of Pius XII. In it, he invites bishops to send some of their dioce-san priests and committed lay people to help in the missions.
"With the coming of independence in Africa and the establishment of hierarchies to govern the local Churches, the resultant missionary needs are urgent and serious. Everybody, from bishops to lay peo-ple, is called upon to come to the aid of Africa's new Churches. Bishops in particular, as successors of the Apostles, share the re-sponsibility for the missionary work of the Church. Let them do eve-rything they can to help: they should encourage and support mis-sionary vocations in their diocese; they should allow some of their diocesan priests to help the African bishops, a least for a certain period of time" (Pius XII: Fidei Donum).