The Tale of Twin Sisters and SHU's Chapel Bells

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By the time SHU seniors Katie and Annie Duffy hear the bells chime for the first time in Sacred Heart’s new Chapel, they’ll probably be in their last year on campus, earning master’s degrees in Education in our fifth year program. But, even if the twin sisters take teaching jobs far away from Fairfield, there’s little chance that they’ll ever forget the sound of those bells, since their father, Joseph P. Duffy III, is the man responsible for bringing them to Sacred Heart.

“The personal involvement they’ve had from the University’s faculty and coaches has made all of the difference in their education. I know our entire family will hear those Chapel bells and feel like those are among the most important bells we’ve ever had made,” says Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy’s grandfather started Church Specialties, Inc., in 1919. Today, Joe continues what his grandfather started, working with manufacturers around the world to provide architectural features like bells, steeples, clocks and cupolas to a wide range of clients. Duffy has a special, heartfelt connection to Sacred Heart University, though, given that his daughters are in their fourth year here and have been leading the way to victory for the University’s cross country and track teams.

Thanks in large part to the efforts of Katie and Annie, last year Sacred Heart won the NEC cross country championship for the first time in University history. This year should prove just as exciting, with the girls acting as two of the cross-country team’s four captains.

After completing master’s program at Sacred Heart, Annie and Katie both plan to teach. “My daughters chose Sacred Heart both because of the athletic programs and the Fifth Year Education program,” says Duffy. “The personal involvement they’ve had from the University’s faculty and coaches has made all of the difference in their education. I know our entire family will hear those Chapel bells and feel like those are among the most important bells we’ve ever had made.”


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