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Celebrating 2003

To the Duquesne University Community:

Next year we will be celebrating two significant events in the life of Duquesne University. On Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2003, the Spiritans will be marking the 300th anniversary of their founding as a religious community. October 1, 2003 will be the 125th year since the founding of Duquesne University and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

In order to observe this remarkable convergence, an Anniversaries Committee has been established, led by Fr. Chris Promis, C.S.Sp. The calendar year of 2003 will be the focus of our commemorations. The Committee will create and coordinate activities and special events during the year so that it is marked by appropriate celebrations.

At present, special events are planned on Feb. 2nd (the anniversary of the death of Venerable Francis Libermann) and on June 8th (Pentecost). A special academic convocation is set for Oct. 1, as well as an exhibit at the Heinz History Center from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15th. The Committee expects that Anniversaries themes will also be woven into standing annual events Homecoming, Alumni Downtown Luncheon, Commencement, etc.

The Committee will need your assistance to make the commemorations of 2003 equal to their significance. You may be contacted for help in planning or conducting some of these events. I ask you to do what you can to support the Committee. You may have other ideas for appropriate activities for the year or for incorporating the Anniversaries into events in your own area. If you do, I ask that you contact Fr. Promis or any of the Committee members listed below.

The University is grateful for the work of the Anniversaries Committee. We look forward to an exciting 2003. And we thank God for 300 years of the Spiritan Community and 125 years of the College and the University.