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Digital Collection of Spiritan Writings Available on Web and Smartphones

The story of the Spiritans, the founding congregation of Duquesne University, began more than 300 years ago in France. Today, pages from the history of the Congregation are now readily available for viewing online and on some smartphones, making this knowledge more accessible worldwide.

The Duquesne's Center for Spiritan Studies, in collaboration with the University's Gumberg Library, began preparing the Spiritan Writings Digital Collection in 2007. This online archive contains articles, books and papers-in French, Portuguese and English-that cover the history, philosophy and teachings of the Spiritans, including:

  • 16 volumes of writings by the Congregation's founder, Venerable Francis Libermann
  • Chronicles of the Spiritan Congregation from 1874-1975
  • Publications focusing on Spiritan life and mission today.

"The collection is a treasure trove of Spiritan culture, which has now been made available to a global community through technology," said the Rev. James McCloskey, C.S.Sp., Duquesne vice president for mission and identity.

The latest addition to the archive website is a mobile phone application that enables Android phone users to bookmark the website on their phones by scanning a QR code, providing quick, easy access to the digital archive.

Dr. George Worgul, theology chair and University coordinator for academic programs in Africa, requested the app and QR code to provide access to the archive for students at Catholic University of East Africa and other Spiritans in Africa, who often lack reliable Internet connections and electricity. Many Africans rely on cellular data networks to view websites on their phones rather than on desktop computers.

"The traditions and history of the Spiritan Congregation are a valuable and precious resource, and this collection makes it possible to share them with both the University community and a broader, global audience," McCloskey added.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.