Along with three other inductees, Fr. Duaime received this honor from Duquesne University’s President Ken Gormley during Duquesne’s homecoming weekend at the Presidential Dinner on October 5, 2018.
The Century Club was established in 1978 to recognize graduates with exemplary records of professional achievement and service to the University and their communities. According to Duquesne University, “Of more than 100,000 alumni since 1878, only 330 have been admitted to its elite ranks.” Fr. Duaime is the eleventh Spiritan to be inducted.
Fr. Duaime discerned his calling to the priesthood as a student at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pa. – inspired and guided to follow in the footsteps of the Spiritans who taught him there. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at Duquesne and made his first profession to the order in 1980. He made his perpetual profession in 1985. Fr. Duaime received his Master of Divinity with a specialization in mission work from the Catholic Theological Union in 1986 and was ordained to the priesthood that year.
His first assignment was to the Bahamas, where he administered the Spiritan mission to the Haitian community in Freeport. Fr. Duaime then spent two years as parochial vicar of the Spiritan mission in Port Sonde, Haiti, before returning to Duquesne as director of vocations for the Spiritans’ eastern United States province from 1988-1993.
While based at Laval House, Fr. Duaime began serving as parochial vicar and administrator of St. Stanislaus and St. Patrick’s parishes in Pittsburgh, holding that position until 1995.
Fr. Duaime moved to Arlington, Va., in 1995 and served until 2002 as pastor of Our Lady, Queen of Peace parish before returning to Holy Ghost Prep as president. During his 11 years there, he concurrently served as superior of the U.S. East province from 2004-2009. In 2012, he was named superior of the newly merged Spiritan province encompassing the entire United States. Fr. Duaime was most recently re-elected in June 2018.
As provincial superior, Fr. Duaime is also chair of the Duquesne University Corporation and an ex-officio member of the University’s board of directors.