(SOLD OUT) Led by the Spirit Where the Need is Greatest: Founder's Week 2022

January 31st - February 4th

Founders Week this year is extra special as it will help to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Spiritans working in the United States. Please join us as we celebrate a century and a half of the Spiritans serving where the need is greatest as well as the way in which we live out that mission on our campus.

As we strive to live out our mission in a special way during this week, we will be collecting items at all events during the week that will be donated to Red Door, a ministry for the homeless in downtown Pittsburgh. Please feel free to bring the following: granola bars, fruit cups, SMALL individual bags of chips, SMALL individual bags of cookies.

Monday, January 31st

The Spiritans and Duquesne: A Luncheon with Tom White

Noon, Africa Room

TO MAXIMZE SOCIAL DISTANCING, THERE WILL ONLY BE FIVE SEATS PER TABLE. Join us for lunch as we listen to Archivist Tom White present on the earliest days of the Spiritans here at Duquesne and their work here through the mid-twentieth century.


Canvas Bag Design Craft Night!

9:00pm, Nite Spot

We will be decorating canvas bags with custom Duquesne decals! All supplies provided, snacks included!


Tuesday, February 1st

Wellbeing and Mindfulness Luncheon: Self-Care So That We Can Care for Others

Noon, Africa Room

TO MAXIMZE SOCIAL DISTANCING CHAIRS WILL BE SET LECTURE STYLE AND AT LEAST FIVE FEET APART FROM ONE ANOTHER. None of us can serve where the need is greatest if we are not taking care of own minds, bodies, and spirits. From Catholic centering prayer, to mindful eating, to dealing with our stress responses, this luncheon will highlight many ways we can attend to our own wellbeing.


Evening of Flights

4:00pm - 5:30pm, Power Center Ballroom

THIS EVENT WAS MOVED FROM THE AFRICA ROOM TO THE POWER CENTER TO ALLOW FOR BETTER SOCIAL DISTANCING. Join us and mingle with the Spiritans to hear about their work here and abroad, while enjoying a Beer Flight and hors d'ouevrs! Tickets are $25 per person. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Spiritan Missions abroad.



Making Mason Jar Lights

9:00pm, Nite Spot

Join us as we add a little light to our dark and dreary February days with mason jar lights! We will have all the supplies for students to make colorful stained-glass-like mason jar crafts with batter powered lights inside.


Wednesday, February 2nd

Liturgy in celebration of the Feast Day of Francis Libermann

12pm, Chapel of the Holy Spirit

We will be celebrating the Feast Day of Venerable Francis Libermann, Spiritan co-founder, at the noon liturgy


Feast on Feast Days

1pm, in the Atrium

On Feast days...we feast! Join us for free walking tacos in celebration of Libermann's Feast Day!

Feast on Feast Days for Commuters

11:30am, Commuter Lounge

We will have a special treat for our Commuters to celebrate the feast day of Libermann at the usual PB&J lunch in the Commuter Lounge. There will be a hot chocolate bar and mini desserts to help celebrate the day!

A Light in the Darkness: Candlemas Service

6:30pm, Academic walk near Laval House

It is far too easy to see the darkness and despair today in our culture. We are called in these times to be beacons of hope, a light in the darkness. Join us as we offer our intentions for how we will each be a light in the darkness. In many Christian traditions including Roman Catholic, February 2nd is Candlemas. It is the celebration of light as our days are still very short in this part of the world. Join us as we offer our intentions for 2022 on how we will each be a light in the darkness and place candles on Academic walk.


Agape Latte

7pm, Towers Multipurpose room

Agape Latte is a speaker series program that gives Duquesne students an opportunity to engage in caffeinated conversations about the intersection between faith and real life. Please join us for coffee, cookies, and a reflection from a faculty member on our theme for the week: Led by the Spirit where the Need is Greatest.


Thursday, February 3rd 

Interview and Lunch with a Spiritan: Fr. Don McEachin (POSTPONED)

TO MAXIMZE SOCIAL DISTANCING, THERE WILL ONLY BE FIVE SEATS PER TABLE. U.S. Provincial Fr. Don McEachin C.S.Sp. will be joining us to share about his decades as a Spiritan including time spent in Tanzania, the Dominican Republic and here at Duquesne.


150th Anniversary Gala (Postponed to April 6th, Tickets are Sold Out!)

5:00pm Cocktails, 6:00pm Dinner and Program, Union Ballroom

This very special event will celebrate a century and a half of work by the Spiritans in the U.S. We will also be celebrating the contribution of Mr. John R. McGinley Jr. with the presentation of the Cor Unum Award and the Reverend Sean Hogan C.S.Sp. with the Mol an Óige Award.


Friday February 4th


12:00pm - 1:00pm, Student Union, 2nd Atrium and 3rd Floor Concourse

We will be offering fun snacks spread throughout the Union Concourse and Atrium to celebrate the closing of Founders Week! There will be a few games as well, some great prizes, and this year raffle baskets as well!



4:30pm, Trinity Hall

All are invited to attend this traditional prayer followed by a reception hosted by the Spiritans.