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Division of Mission and Identity

Spiritus est qui vivicat - It is the Spirit who gives life


As a Catholic and Spiritan University, Duquesne prides itself on being mission-centered and mission-driven. The extent to which mission informs and enlivens every aspect of University life is noteworthy at Duquesne. And it is the privilege of the Division of Mission and Identity to animate and cultivate these efforts throughout the entire university community.

As you search these pages on Mission and Identity, it is my hope that you will begin to experience the spirit of vitality and life that lies at the heart of the university and its purpose. Beneath the formal programs, retreats, lectures, and workshops lies a spirited dedication to the vision and goals of the founders of Duquesne; to build an enterprise of service to God through serving students. At the core of the university is its religious identity, not a static legacy but a vibrant spirit, a living alliance with the Holy Spirit to Whom the University is dedicated.

Through the resources provided by the Division of Mission and Identity, may you find that vibrant Spirit alive at Duquesne today!

-- Fr. Raymond French, C.S.Sp., Vice President for Mission and Identity

Our Mission

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a Catholic University, founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Spiritans, and sustained through a partnership of laity and religious. Duquesne serves God by serving students - through commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education, through profound concern for moral and spiritual values, through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and through service to the Church, the community, the nation, and the world.