Duquesne Delegation to Visit Tanzania

Posted on May 5, 2010

A group of deans, administrators and faculty will travel to Tanzania on May 18 to visit the Spiritan ministries and outreach activities. The expedition supports an important priority of the new strategic plan: to continue to emphasize our Spiritan identity and mission by strengthening the links between Duquesne and the worldwide Spiritan mission, with a special focus on Africa.

The delegation will spend seven days learning about the Congregation’s health and education initiatives in northern Tanzania, focusing on the Arusha and Moshi areas.

The following people will participate in the trip:

Dean Eileen Zungolo, Nursing
Dean Olga Welch, Education
Dean David Seybert, Natural and Environmental Sciences
Dean Chris Duncan, Liberal Arts
Dean Alan Miciak, Business
Dean Gregory Frazer, Health Sciences
Philosophy Chair Dr. James Swindal
Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations
Vice President for Mission and Identity Rev. James McCloskey, C.S.Sp.
Anne Marie Hansen, Occupational Therapy instructor

“The Spiritans have had a long history of involvement in Africa and this trip provides an opportunity for them to highlight the important work that is taking place,” said Hansen, who has lived and worked in Tanzania as a lay Spiritan and also organized the trip.

The Duquesne group will meet with Provincial Superior Rev. Joseph Schio, C.S.Sp., Tanzania Bishop Augustine Shao, C.S.Sp., and other African Spiritans and tour their various ministries. The sites include the Njiro Hill Seminary, Okokola mission, vocational school and health clinic, Flying Medical Service, Usa River Health Center, Usa River AIDS Project, and the Endulen parish, school and hospital in rural Maasailand. The goal is to gain a broader understanding of the outreach efforts, accomplishments and challenges of the African Spiritans as they carry out the Spiritan mission.

Thirteen students from the Rangos School of Health Sciences will accompany  Frazer as part of the school’s annual study abroad program on International Communicable Disease Control and Healthcare Delivery. The dean and students will continue on to Tunisia while the rest of the delegation returns to the United States on May 27.

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