While the environment of Duquesne invites participation in its spiritual life and Catholic traditions, we retain the openness of our Spiritan founders, whose rule calls for dialogue among people of different faiths and harmony among the many cultures of the world.
Venerable Francis Libermann, who revived the Congregation in the early 1850’s, was unique among the religious leaders of his time for carefully instructing his missionaries not to disturb the cultural identity of the people whom they served.
There is virtually no religious tradition and no cultural background that is not present in some form on the campus of Duquesne University. As a Catholic university, Duquesne is called by the Spirit to welcome and partner with people of other religions. Their presence in our midst is the fulfillment of our Catholic identity… the word catholic literally means universal. We welcome the diversity they bring, enriching us all as intellectual sojourners who live by the Spirit and Mission of the University.