Our Priests

who are the spiritans?

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The Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate heart of Mary, shortened 'Spiritans' is a Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests, brothers and, since Vatican II, lay associates. It was founded on Pentecost Sunday in 1703 by a young French brilliant lawyer-turned-seminarian called Claude Poullart des Places. Under threat of suppression or extinction, it was revived about a hundred year later by another Francis, a Alsatian convert from Judaism called Fr Francis Libermann who merged his own Congregation of the Holy Heart of Mary with the original Spiritan Congregation, following the direction of the Holy See. The members of the Congregation today number over 4000 priests and brothers and countless Lay Associates working in over 65 countries of the world. 

St Columba's was entrusted to the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in 2016 both priests were chosen to represent the Spiritans here.

Fr ambrose Ohene cssp, parish priest

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Ambrose was born in the Plateau State of Nigeria in 1973, one of a set of Triplets. Most of his education was in schools run or founded by the Holy Ghost Missionaries. He was ordained in 2003 and worked for about 5 years in Ghana and then a short spell in Nigeria before coming to Scotland in 2012, and St Columba's in November 2016. He loves basketball, badminton and Scrabble.

Fr dominic alih cssp, assistant parish priest and hospital chaplain - qeuh

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Dominic was born in Benue State of Nigeria. He was ordained in 1995 and did further studies in Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. before working in Ghana as Assistant Novice Master. He came to Scotland in 2016 and was posted to st Columba's in November of the year. He is also one of the Chaplains of the Queen Elisabeth University Hospital.

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