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The Center for Spiritan Studies

 The rich legacy of the Spiritan tradition lies at the very heart of Duquesne University and forms its guiding principles and practical ethos.

The Center for Spiritan Studies was founded in 2005 as a collaborative venture of Duquesne University and the Congregation of the Holy Spirit to foster research on Spiritan history, tradition and spirituality, as well as to disseminate the results throughout the Congregation, the University and the general public.

The goals of our center are to: 

  • Prepare a new generation of Congregational experts in Spiritan history and spirituality
  • Encourage the inculturation of the Spiritan charism, particularly in Africa and Latin America, where the Congregation is rapidly expanding
  • Develop publications and other appropriate materials to train professed Spiritans and Spiritan Lay Associates to meet the demands of contemporary mission
  • Organize workshops, seminars and courses to ensure the continuity of the Spiritan ethos in educational institutions founded by Spiritans and operated today by Spiritans and lay people in partnership
  • Promote Spiritan spirituality in the contemporary world.

The Center offers a variety of programs, including:

  • Online resources in the Spiritan Collection, and library resources at the Fr. Edmund Supple, C.S.Sp. Room of the Gumberg Library
  • The journal,  Spiritan Horizons, published annually
  • The Spiritan Studies Scholar-in-Residence program for professors and other academics who wish to research the Spiritan tradition
  • Summer workshops for Spiritan formators worldwide
  • Competitions on Spiritan Identity and Vocation for Spiritans in formation worldwide
  • Conferences and/or colloquia on Spiritan themes
  • Resources on Spiritan tradition for faculty and staff seeking information for classes or service training.

The Spiritans and Duquesne University