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Faith Enrichment
Here are the four basic principles - in the words of Pope Benedict XVI.:

"Study this Catechism! That is my heartfelt desire! ... Study this Catechism with passion and perseverance. Make a sacrifice of your time for it! ... You need to know what you believe. You need to know your faith with the same precision with which an IT specialist knows the inner workings of a computer. You need to understand it like a good musician knows the piece he is playing." (Pope Benedict XVI.)

"Form study groups and networks; share with each other on the internet." (Pope Benedict XVI.)

"By all means continue to talk with each other about your faith ... You need to be more deeply rooted in the faith than the generation of your parents so that you can engage the challenges and temptations of this time with strength and determination."

"You yourselves are the Body of Christ, the Church! Bring the undiminished fire of love into this Church whose countenance has so often been disfigured by man! 'Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord!' (Rom 12:11)."

bible study

Catholic Bible Study began several years ago when students expressed a desire for a time to reflect on the Gospels in a way that would bring God's Word to life in the everyday choices and interactions that people encounter..


Christians In Action (C.I.A.): is a group of Duquesne students who meet regularly to share snacks, take part in fun activies, and engage in vibrant conversation about their faith. Students take time out of their ordinary path of life, activities, and studying, to come together to talk about various aspects of their faith in relation to culture and their lives. 

Community Engagement and Service
Spiritan Mission Experiences

Spiritan Mission Experiences stretch from downtown Pittsburgh across to other countries. Students work to remedy the hardships, poverty and social injustice that people in other cultures experience. Read the stories of those who have been there.


Evergreen is an environmentally conscious organization that helps to educate the DU community on sustainability on-campus and works to keep our local neighborhoods clean and green.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

St. Vincent de Paul Society brings hope and compassion to those with all types of need and works with the homeless of downtown Pittsburgh.

Mass Times

Duquesne's Chapel offers several times for Catholics to worship.


Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and Confirmation

The rite of Christian initiation presented here is designed for adults whom after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God's help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully.

This preparation is also offered for Catholics who are ready to complete their initiation by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.  


Spiritan Campus Ministry assists many Duquesne students, alumni, faculty, and staff with the preparation and celebration of their weddings. For more information, please navigate to the Weddings section of our web site.

Pastoral Counseling

Spiritan campus ministers are trained professionals, lay and ordained, men and women, who are available to serve the needs of Duquesne students, faculty, and staff, especially on issues of faith, relationships and life's struggles.

Call us when a campus minister can be of help because just talking to someone can make a difference. Everyone on the Contact Us page is there for you.

Spiritual Direction is an experience of walking in faith with a trusted companion on one's spiritual journey.

Patoral Counseling is for anyone wishing to talk to a professional campus minister about various life issues in a caring and confidential setting

Feel free to contact Spiritan Campus Ministry anytime, but especially when...
  • you are worried about grades
  • you are in conflict over friends or roommate
  • you have questions about your sexuality
  • you have concerns about your family or friends
  • your faith is challenged
  • you or someone you know is ill
  • you have questions on morality
  • you are facing issues of death and dying
  • you or someone you know is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy
  • you need spiritual direction
  • you are considering becoming Catholic, or need preparation to receive the sacraments of Eucharist, Confirmation and/or Reconciliation
Crossroads Christian Fellowship

Crossroads Christian Fellowship offers weekly gatherings for Christian denominations, along with retreats, Bible studies and faith sharing opportunities. Meetings are Wednesday nights at 8:47pm in Room 119 Student Union.   For more information email

Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Student Association organizes faith-filled activities and events for Muslim Students and the entire University. The University provides prayer rooms for students in the Spiritan Campus Ministry Center, First Floor Towers (open the first week of classes). 

Jewish Student Organization

The Jewish Student Organization works to provide community for Jewish students on campus.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is a community of orthodox believers. Contact: Fr. Radu Bordeianu at 412.396.6526 or

Other Worship Sites


Spiritan Campus Ministry offers several retreat opportunities that help students to get off campus and take a break from the pressures of classes and studying.

Learn how students found retreats to be a Faith Enriching Experience, by following the links provided.

Advent Retreat

Advent is a time when, as people of faith, we prepare ourselves and wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Messiah. Like Mary, we too are called to ponder God's presence on our life. This retreat incorporates sacred silence, reflection and prayer.

 Opening Retreat

Opening Retreat at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park is a time for reflection and relaxation. After a very busy and challenging start to the semester, freshman students take part in many activities that enrich faith and promote oneness with God. It includes time for community prayer, Eucharist, music, relaxation, recreation and getting to know other new students. Space is limited, so register early.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to participate in our liturgies and take advantage of other faith enrichment programs.

Spiritan Campus Ministry is concerned with the pastoral care of the entire Duquesne community. We believe that caring  for all those who serve our students is one more way in which we too care for students. We offer the following personal, spiritual development opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators:

Liturgical Ministry

Members of the faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to participate in our liturgies as Eucharistic ministers, hospitality ministers, musicians, choir members, or as Proclaimers of the Word. Liturgical ministers play a vital role in Spiritan Campus Ministry and in the life of Duquesne University at large. We invite you to explore ways in which you can use your gifts and talents in ministry to others and to the glory of God. Training is provided.

Faith Enrichment Programs

Scripture Sharing

Scripture Sharing is The Brown Bag Scripture Sharing is a gathering of faculty, staff, and administrators who reflect on the Sunday Gospels...

Monthly Libermann Luncheons

Monthly Libermann Luncheons is Libermann Luncheons, names after one of the most venerated Spiritan priests, Francis Libermann, are simple luncheons which include presentations on a variety of topics...

Daily Eucharistic Liturgy

Daily Eucharistic Liturgies are held at several different times during the summer and the academic school year...

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciliation is a way to seek healing and forgiveness through repentance and a resolve to change those parts of ones' life that do not foster relationship with God and God's people...

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is available to all faculty and staff every Friday during the academic school year...

Other Programs Available

Please contact the Main Office (412.396.6020) for more information

  • Faith Sharing Groups
  • Special Prayer Services
  • Stations of the Cross
This Week's Gospel Commentary

Living the Gospel in Everyday Life