The Fellowship of the Spirit South is a joint AA/Al-Anon conference dedicated to carrying the message of Alcoholics Anonymous, as set forth in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, to alcoholics and to those who are either members of alcoholic families or those who are in emotional relationships with alcoholics.


For three days near the beginning of April, we meet to encourage each other to continue to work the program of recovery found in the Big Book, and to offer concrete examples of success in our lives, so that others will be inspired to incorporate this program of recovery into their own lives and to carry the message of recovery into their families and communities.


Our mission is to foster the following spiritual principles:

1.  To live free of alcohol and grow in understanding and effectiveness, alcoholics must abandon themselves to a power greater than themselves.  That power can be sought effectively through the 12 Steps. Millions of alcoholics and Al-Anons have achieved positive results using this program over the nearly 85 years of our fellowship’s existence.

2.  To continue to grow, alcoholics must enlarge their spiritual lives through repeated use of the spiritual principles contained in the 12 Steps of Alcoholic Anonymous.

3.  Our very lives as ex-problem drinkers depend on carrying the message of Alcoholics Anonymous, as set forth in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, to those who still suffer from the disease of alcoholism.

We recognize that, in a very real way, we belong to a spiritual fellowship, a family, born of our individual work in these 12 Steps.  This Fellowship of the Spirit is celebrated here each year –- and practiced throughout each day of the year in between. We look forward to continuing growth, individually and as a family, and we welcome new members and guests to Southern Louisiana.

“We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.  May God bless you and keep you – until then.”

(From the book Alcoholics Anonymous, page 164)