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Founders Week 2017: To the Ends of the Earth

Sunday Jan 29th

Opening Liturgy

11am in the Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit

Monday Jan 30th

Luncheon: To the Ends of the Earth and Back Agan

Noon, Africa Room

Tom White, University Archivist, will present on the history of DU from World War II to the present day sharing stories of Spiritans serving far and wide and returning to our campus to serve again

In collaboration with Spiritan Campus Ministry

Celebrate Africa!

5pm in the Africa Room

Enjoy a light dinner featuring African dishes while learning from students about their home cultures in Africa. Held in collaboration with Office of International Programs.

Tuesday Jan. 31st

Keynote for Engaging Africa: Spiritan Traditions Conference

4pm in the Africa Room

Keynote address by Fr. Paul Coulon, C.S.Sp., Institut Catholique de Paris, France: Spiritan Engagement with Africa: 1841 to the Present, with a response by Fr. Elochuwu Uzukwu, C.S.Sp., Professor of Theology, Duquesne University.

Wednesday Feb 1st

Engaging Africa: Spiritans Perspectives Conference

Union Ballroom

Presentation by a panel on The Changing Spiritan Presence and Contemporary Issues in Africa, featuring Bishop John Kwofie, C.S.Sp. S.S.L., Bishop of Ghana's Sekondi-Takoradi diocese, Fr. Jeff Duaime, C.S.Sp., Provincial Superior, American Province, and Dr. Anne Marie Hansen, Ed.D. OTR/L FAOTA, Duquesne University.  (Lunch following)

Engaging Africa: Spiritans Perspectives Conference

Union Ballroom

Presentation by a panel on the Implications for Duquesne’s Engagement with, and Strategic Initiatives in, Africa, featuring Dr. Timothy Austin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Bridget Calhoun, DrPH, PA-C, Chair and Associate Professor, Rangos School of Health Sciences, and Danielle Genemore Assistant Director of International Programs.

"Fr. Ray Interviews..." Series: Fr. Ray interviews President Ken Gormley

9pm in the Towers Multipurpose Room

Join us for questions, answers, and a few laughs as Fr. Ray French interviews President Ken Gormley about his journey before Duquesne, and his many years spent here leading up to his presidency.

Evening of Flights

4:30pm-6:30pm in the Africa Room

Cost is $25, THIS IS AN OVER 21 EVENT

Hear from Spiritans about their flights around the globe while enjoying a local Beer Flight and hors d'ouevrs! Proceeds from this event will benefit the Spiritan Mission in the Olkakola Tanzania.

Thursday Feb. 2nd Libermann’s Feast Day

Libermann Day Mass at Noon

Mass at Noon in the Chape

Luncheon in Africa Room following Mass

Our very own David Jakeilo from University Advancement will be sharing how he lives out the mission each day on our campus and well beyond its borders. 

Special Dinner in Hogan Dining Hall

4 - 7:30 p.m. | Rev. Sean Hogan Dining Center

Enjoy a special feast day dinner featuring foods from countries where Spiritans serve including Taiwan, Brazil, France, Italy, Tanzania and Vietnam. 

Feast on Feast Days: Free Walking Tacos

Union from 2pm-4pm

Join us for our Feast on Feast Days special for the Feast of the Venerable Francis Libermann

In collaboration with Office of Freshmen Development/Disability Services


5pm Africa Room

Spiritan Founder Francis Libermann went through many personal trials and tribulations. Come and hear from a student panel about their own journeys and how through their own struggles they Live as Libermann each day. Dinner will be served. The event is free.

To The Ends of the Earth Concert

7:30 p.m. | PNC Recital Hall, School of Music

Enjoy music with a global flair! Music students and local musicians will perform music from around the world in honor of this year’s Founders Week theme!

Held in collaboration with the School of Music

Friday Feb. 3rd


4:30pm in Trinity Hall followed by a reception