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    First Missiology Symposium to Offer Insight on Spiritan and Duquesne’s Service Mission

    A diverse lineup of 11 nationally acclaimed speakers on theology and mission highlights the first Rev. Pierre Schouver, C.S.Sp., Missiology Symposium at Duquesne University.

    Mission Today: Where and Why, scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom, will offer insight, study and reflection on the joint mission of the Spiritans and Duquesne, which is to serve those in need around the world.

    "It is through the Spiritan insight into mission that Duquesne University's own self-understanding emerges," said the Rev. Elochukwu Uzukwu, C.S.Sp., a Spiritan and associate theology professor at Duquesne who organized the symposium.

    Uzukwu, who also serves as the Rev. Pierre Schouver, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair in Mission, said the Spiritans believe that service to people in need, particularly those in difficult areas, encourages better understanding of issues including racism, gender, social justice, peace and the integrity of all creation.

    "Inviting theologians whose works are dominated by these issues confirms our commitment to mission and identity and the Catholic intellectual tradition at Duquesne," Uzukwu said.

    Keynote speakers from Vanderbilt University, Catholic Theological Union, Union Theological Seminary in New York, Georgetown University and Xavier University of Louisiana demonstrate what has always been the Catholic approach to faith and witness in the world-unity in diversity or ecumenism, Uzukwu said.

    "The study of our mission widens this understanding of unity...just look at the diversity in our own Duquesne community, and you appreciate the pertinence of the missiology symposium," Uzukwu said.

    Uzukwu added that Schouver (the Spiritan for whom the endowed chair is named) envisioned the Spiritan Congregation as a group that would constantly reexamine its history and tradition in order to "sharpen our vision as we seek to know where the Spirit is leading us in our time. For it is the Spirit that ‘underlies everything' give meaning, passion and power to our ministry."

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.