Division of Mission and Identity


The Duquesne Mission

founders week 2019


Duquesne University Mission Statement

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a Catholic university founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Spiritans, and sustained through a partnership of laity and religious.

Duquesne serves God by serving students through:

  • Commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education
  • Profound concern for moral and spiritual values
  • Maintaining an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity
  • Service to the Church, the community, the nation, and the world

The Spiritan Identity

The identity of Duquesne University is a modern expression of the Spiritan tradition that the Fathers of the Holy Spirit began here in 1878. Generations of students, faculty and staff continually reshape the face of the school, but our true identity remains unchanged. Duquesne University is a community of scholars who live the Spiritan-led commitment of service to all and who share God's wisdom and academia's knowledge with those who seek it.

Our students, faculty and staff are taught how to use all aspects of the distinctly Duquesne experience to go from our small corner of Pittsburgh out into the larger world where they can serve all peoples in their professional and personal lives.

As you learn more about everything that Duquesne has to offer, remember that tucked away under the buildings, books, social life and many other tangible pieces of the University lies a strong, active tradition of ecumenism that has made Duquesne one of the finest Catholic universities in the nation.    

The Rev. Raymond French, C.S.Sp.
Vice President for Mission and Identity