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New Position Will Celebrate How Duquesne Campus Lives Its Mission

A new position within Duquesne University's Division of Mission and Identity has been developed to help impact the way the Spiritan charism is viewed as it is lived through the University's mission.

"It's about celebrating how the mission is lived on campus, in local neighborhoods and in the world," said the Rev. Raymond French, C.S.Sp., vice president for mission and identity. "It's also about fostering an understanding of the Spiritan charism that inspires that mission."

Luci-Jo DiMaggio will serve as the director of mission animation. In her new role, DiMaggio will work to broaden knowledge on campus and in the community about the Spiritan charism and what it means to "live it." In addition, she will use both traditional and non-traditional methods-including presentations, workshops, conversation and activities with campus and external groups-to show others how their beliefs about the Duquesne mission connect to the roots of the University's founding by the Spiritan Congregation.

"Living the mission is something we do very well at Duquesne, but we don't always have the time to lift up our own work or name it as mission-centered to the wider community," said DiMaggio, who most recently served as assistant director of Spiritan Campus Ministry at Duquesne. "My hope is that I will help lift up the wonderful work already happening on campus and help to have it recognized as mission-centered and Spiritan."

DiMaggio is already planning several events and activities to help increase knowledge and awareness of Duquesne's Spiritan founders and the mission-the first of which, Heritage Week, will be held in conjunction with this year's Homecoming celebration.

A 1998 graduate of Duquesne's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, DiMaggio also earned a master's degree in pastoral ministry in 2005 from the University's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. She joined the University in 2003 as campus minister and was named assistant director in Spiritan Campus Ministry in 2009.

During her tenure with Spiritan Campus Ministry, DiMaggio helped to create and/or expand numerous programs, including Spring Clean Up, the Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences, which immerses students in other cultures, and the Laval Project, which engages students in non-violent change and social justice in the context of the Hill District.

DiMaggio lives in Moon Township.

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