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The Spiritan Tradition and History

The Spiritan Congregation began in France in 1703. Theirs is a story that spans more than three centuries, criss-crosses continents in war-time and in peace, and features the selflessness of thousands of priests, brothers and lay persons who have forgone society's aspirations to power, prestige, and wealth. Rather, they made and continue to make profound sacrifices to minister to the poor and disadvantaged.

The Spiritan commitment to serving the disadvantaged led to the founding of Duquesne University -- then a secondary school -- as a school for the immigrant poor in Pittsburgh.