Duquesne Community Invited to Attend Founders Week Events

The same Charism that has inspired and empowered our Spiritan founders to go to the ends of the earth to serve others is alive today at Duquesne University, and will be celebrated on campus during Founders Week 2017, scheduled for this Sunday, Jan. 29, through Friday, Feb. 3.

This year’s theme, To the Ends of the Earth, will focus on how staff, faculty and students at Duquesne advance the Spiritan mission of service on campus, across the country and around the world.

A few of the activities planned for the week include:

Sunday, Jan. 29

Opening Liturgy, 11 a.m., University Chapel of the Holy Spirit

Monday, Jan 30

Founders Week Luncheon, noon, Africa Room: To the Ends of the Earth and Back Again: University Archivist Tom White will share Duquesne’s history from World War II to present day and stories of Spiritans serving abroad and on campus.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

An Evening of Flights, 4:30 p.m., Africa Room: Enjoy a local beer flight and hors d’oeuvres while hearing from Spiritans about their flights around the globe. This is an over 21 event! Cost is $25. RSVP required.

Fr. Ray Interview Series, 9 p.m., Towers Multi-Purpose Room: Rev. Ray French, C.S.Sp. will interview President Ken Gormley about his journey before Duquesne and his years spent on campus before becoming the University president.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Mass to celebrate Feast Day of the Venerable Francis Libermann, noon, University Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

Founders Week Luncheon, 12:45 p.m., Africa Room: Duquesne alumnus David Jakielo, annual giving assistant director, will share how he lives the mission on campus and beyond.

To the Ends of the Earth Concert, 7:30 p.m., PNC Recital Hall, School of Music: Music students and local musicians will perform music from around the world.

Friday, Feb. 3

Vespers and Reception, 4:30 p.m., Trinity Hall: All are invited to attend this traditional evening prayer followed by a reception. RSVP is required for the reception.

Sponsored annually by the Division of Mission and Identity, Founders Week honors the legacy, vision and values of Duquesne’s Spiritan founders.

A special video showing how the same charism that guided Duquesne’s Spiritan founders is still alive today can be viewed online. For the full schedule, visit the Founders Weeks website.