Heritage Week 2020

Join us for a mix of in person and virtual events to celebrate our Catholic Spiritan Heritage!

Please note, if you RSVP for a virtual event you will be sent the zoom link the day of the event.
Monday September 30th

If you are signing up for the FALL FESTIVAL you will be contacted with a link to sign up for a time slot.



We wanted to make this annual event accessible to everyone even if you are working remotely! Donations will be accepted and each donation level of $40 will entitle you to one wine package! Wine packages will be available featuring the popular local winery Four Twelve Wines! Proceeds will again be benefiting the ongoing water projects at the Spiritan Mission in Olkokola, Tanzania. If we are not able to travel there this year, the funds will still be used for the water project when we return. Packages will be available for pick up on campus (for those already approved to be on campus) or at four locations around the Pittsburgh area (The Mall at Robinson, Ross Park Mall, Aldi off the Bridgeville Exit on I-79 and Edgewood Town Center) during the week of October 5th at dates and times TBA.

Each wine package includes

- One 750ml (full size) bottle of wine (choose from Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Grigio)

- One stemless wine glass

- Paired small snacks (snacks will vary with type of wine, examples include nuts and chocolate)

- Reusable dripless pour spouts for your wine bottle

- 10% off Coupon for the Four Twelve Project Wine and Dinery

- A recipe for an entrée to accompany your wine choice from the chefs at the Four Twelve Project

- Wine tasting notes from the wine makers including suggested food pairings

- A note from the Pure Thirst Project

Story Sharing with Fr. Bill Christy!

Monday September 28th at Noon - Virtual Event

Do you remember "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? We will be having a live version of that featuring our very own Fr Bill Christy! This interactive virtual lunch will feature some story telling from Fr. Bill about his adventures during his time as a Spiritan! The audience will get to vote on which stories he shares in live time! Those that are working on campus can chose to order a Free hot lunch available for pick up on the 2nd floor of the union from 11am to 11:45am the day of the event


 Civic Engagement in the Christian Context

Monday September 28th at 7pm in the Africa Room - IN PERSON EVENT

Please join us for a discussion on how the Christian faith calls members to be active civic agents, and how the Christian faith can inform an approach of respectful dialogue.

In collaboration with Spiritan Campus Ministry



Hope Banner Display - POSTPONED

Due to weather, this event has been postponed and will instead be integrated into the Fall Festival this Saturday

Tuesday September 29th 11:00am - 1:00pm on Academic Walk near Laval House - IN PERSON EVENT

We will have panels of the Hope Banner that were created during Freshmen Orientation out and new panels out to which campus community members can add their thoughts of hope for the year

Midweek Meditation

Wednesday September 30th 1:00pm - VIRTUAL EVENT

Amber Lasure from the Power Center will be leading an interactive meditation. This session will be focused on stress reduction and how we can stretch our bodies even while at less than ideal home work stations.


Sacred Conversations on Race - STUDENT ONLY EVENT

Wednesday September 30th 9pm in the Africa Room - IN PERSON EVENT

This annual series allows undergraduate students to be guided by peer leaders in table discussions centered around racial identity, personal prejudice, and systemic racism. The program is centered around the idea that all conversations that require us to share parts of our stories, and receive the stories of others are sacred, and thus occur in a sacred space.


University Birthday

Thursday October 1st

Duquesne University turns 142 years old this year! We will be celebrating with blue and red cookies in the residence hall lobbies as well as in the commuter lounge. Those not on campus, keep an eye on the Mission and Identity social media accounts that day so that you can vote for our Heritage Week Bulletin Board winners

Feast on Feast Days for the feast of Claude Poullart des Places

Friday October 2nd 11:30am on Academic Walk - IN PERSON EVENT

In celebration of the feast day of Spiritan Founder Claude François Poullart des Places, we will be giving out free chips and salsa on Academic walk while supplies last!

Fall Festival

Saturday October 3rd from 4pm - 7pm on Mellon Lawn and Academic Walk - IN PERSON EVENT

Join us as we celebrate the close of Heritage Week! There will be pumpkin carving, hot cider, fall themed snacks, fall crafts, a photo booth, hay rides, and a scavenger hunt that will test how much you know about the history of Duquesne! Prizes for the scavenger hunt include $50 Amazon gift cards! Event is free of charge but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED