More than 450 guests will be in attendance at tonight's sold-out gala to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), which founded Duquesne University in 1878. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 6, in the 4th-floor Union Ballroom at Duquesne University.

The hundreds of Duquesne alumni, faculty and staff, students and guests honoring the Spiritans' tireless work in the United States include Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik; Duquesne President Ken Gormley; University and Eckert Seamans Board Chair John "Jack" McGinley; as well as members of the Holy Family Institute, St. Vincent College, Central Catholic High School, PNC, Staley Capital, Schneider Downs and the Spartan Community Center of Hazelwood.

In addition, the Spiritans will present McGinley with the Cor Unum Award, which recognizes an individual who exemplifies the charism of the Congregation. The University, in conjunction with the Spiritans, will present the inaugural Mol an Oige ("praise youthfulness" in Gaelic) Award to the Rev. Sean Hogan C.S.Sp., president of the Duquesne University Scholarship Association. Given to individuals that have spent their career working for the betterment of youth, the award recognizes Hogan's 40 years of service to Duquesne and to its students.


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April 06, 2022