Meet the Spiritans

Numerous members of the Spiritan Congregation are present and deeply involved in life on the Duquesne campus. Currently, 22 Spiritans are either working as administrators and faculty, or they are pursuing advanced degrees.  

Spiritans at Duquesne                                                                                            

William Christy, C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: United States

Role at Duquesne: Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplain


Ministries: I was a missionary to Tanzania for 15 years before serving at Duquesne from 2004-2007. Then I was again called to mission and served in Aboriginal Ministry in Western Australia for six years before returning to Duquesne in Fall 2013.

Did you know... While in Australia I developed a great love for Vegemite and Australian Rules Football.

Favorite Book: Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf

Favorite Quote or Scripture: "I have come that you might have life, and have it in the full." - John 10:10                                                            


Fr. Bill Cleary C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: Ireland

Role at Duquesne: Associate Director,Center for Spiritan Studies.

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Ministries: Pastoral, Education, and Formation ministries in Ireland, Kenya, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

Interests: Reading and music. Visiting new places, making new friends and keeping old ones.

Did you know.... that I come from the "Wee County" in Ireland, called County Louth.

Favorite Book: The Bible - all human life is there! And just now, "Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow.

Favorite Quote: "Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!" (Praise the young and they will flourish!)

Raymond French, C.S.Sp.Raymond French, C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: Scotland

Role at Duquesne: Vice President for Mission and Identity


Ministries: Counseling

Did you know… Fr. French worked for the U.K. government in the Housing Department, Homeless Persons Unit as well as in Tanzania. He is also the co-author of the book, Thursday People, Living the Gospel in Everyday Life: Commentary for College Students, which is pending publication.

Jean-Michel Gelmetti, C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: France

Role at Duquesne: French Translator for CSS


Ministries: Non-printed communication, Mission and Identity

Did you know... I speak Portuguese and used to speak some Umbundu and a bit of Kimbundu, but this is vanishing away.

Favorite Book: Libermann (1802-1852): Une Pensée et Une Mystique Missionnaires by Paul Coulon

Favorite Quote or Scripture: "Yes, it is my Father's will that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and that I shall raise him up on the last day." - John 6:40

Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp.Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: Ireland

Role at Duquesne: President of Duquesne University Scholarship Association (DUSA)


Ministries: Educational administration

Interests: Reading, traveling and exercise

Did you know… During the Nigerian Civil War, Fr. Hogan was involved with maintaining communication links with the Irish Missionary Personnel working in the civil war area. He also worked as Pastor of Thika, a large industrial town near Nairobi, Kenya and was responsible for building several churches there as well as developing several credit union projects and building Kenya’s first youth center.

Favorite Book: The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett

James McCloskey, C.S.Sp.James McCloskey, C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: USA

Role at Duquesne: Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives


Ministries: Missionary in Paraguay, pastoral work in Harlem, secondary and higher education administration

Interests: Reading, travel

Did you know... Fr. McCloskey ran the New York City Marathon and finished with a time of . . .

Favorite Book: The Seven Story Mountain, by Thomas Merton

James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp.James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: Citizen of the United States of America since 2003, Origins in Nigeria

Role at Duquesne: Director, Center for Spiritan Studies

Contact: Trinity Hall, Duquesne University

Ministries: 1970-72: Bishop’s and Diocesan Secretary, Enugu diocese (Nigeria);
1981-86: Provincial Superior, Spiritan Province of Nigeria;
1986-92: 2nd Assistant General, Spiritan Generalate, Rome;
1992-94: Office of the Synod of Bishops for Africa;
1995-2012: Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.

Interests: teaching and reading Scripture; spirituality and mission, walking, people.

Did you know... that Chukwuma means "God knows"?

Favorite Book: Jonah

Favorite Saying: aku feesie o dalu awo = patience pays off in the end.


Peter Osuji, C.S.Sp.Peter Osuji, C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: Nigeria

Role at Duquesne: Campus Minister, Commuter Affairs


Ministries: Missionary work and teaching

Interests: Sports, playing soccer, ping-pong and tennis

Did you know… Fr. Peter Osuji is currently working on his doctoral degree in medical ethics and is also the campus advisor for the Table Tennis Club at Duquesne.

Favorite Book: Things Fall Apart & No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe

Favorite Saying: "I am, because we are; and since we are, therefore, I am."

John Sawicki, C.S.Sp.John Sawicki, C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: USA

Role at Duquesne: Assistant Professor, Political Science Department


Ministries: Education, crisis management and international relations

Did you know… Fr. Sawicki is a guest lecturer at the Marshall Center for European Security in Garmsich-Partenkirchen, Germany. His areas of expertise include ethical and moral constraints on the use of force, ethics and national security policy decision-making and counter-terrorism.

Elochukwu (Eugene) Uzukwu, C.S.Sp.Elochukwu (Eugene) Uzukwu, C.S.Sp.

Country of Origin: Nigeria

Role at Duquesne: Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Duquesne University


Ministries: Pastoral work, education

Interests: Music: high life, jazz, classical, Nigerian Congo and Côte d'Ivoire
Sports: tennis, soccer and ice hockey

Did you know… Fr. Uzukwu has authored three books, numerous articles and book sections that explore areas of the liturgy ecclesiology in continental Africa and Africa in the Diaspora. The Governing Council for the Spiritan International School of Theology in Enugu established the Uzukwu Award for Excellence in his honor to be granted to the best student of the year.

Favorite Book: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Favorite Saying: "Ife Kwulu Ife Akwudebe Ya" –
"When something stands, something else stands beside it."