Fr. Michael T. Martin, OFM Conv.
Fr. Michael Martin, O.F.M. Conv was named Director of the Duke Catholic Center in August 2010 by Bishop Michael Burbidge, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, NC. Since 2001 Fr. Mike served as President of his high school alma mater, Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, MD. In his role as President, Fr. Mike was the catalyst for transformational growth in all facets of school leadership, advancement, enrollment, finances, personnel and facility planning. A lifelong educator, Fr. Mike was Principal of Archbishop Curley prior to being his tenure as President. He holds a S.T.B. degree in Theology from the Pontifical Theological Faculty at St. Bonaventure-The Seraphicum in Rome, Italy, a M.Ed. in Catholic Education Administration from Boston College, as well as his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy frlom St. Hyacinth College-Seminary, Granby, Massachusetts. As a member of the Conventual Franciscan Friars, he has held a variety of teaching, coaching and administrative positions since his ordination in 1989 including an adjunct faculty position at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has served on a number of boards and commissions and is a highlighted presenter on strategic issues facing Catholic schools today and the important role of advancement in sustaining the mission of Catholic education. In 2007 he received the Pro Eccelsia et Pontifice medal for service to the Church from Pope Benedict XVI.
Fr. Michael Lasky, OFM Conv.
Fr. Michael Lasky, OFM Conv. joined the Duke Catholic Center staff team in August 2013. Fr. Mike’s most recent ministry was at Franciscans International (a non-governmental organization with consultative status at the United Nations) where he was the Director of the New York Office and Americas Program. In his role as Director, Fr. Mike worked with Franciscans in the grassroots (especially Latin America) advocating for the poor, marginalized and most vulnerable. With a passion for peace, justice and the environment, Fr. Mike continues to work actively on issues important to his Franciscan community, both at a national and international level. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C., as well as his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. Hyacinth College-Seminary, Granby, Massachusetts. As a Franciscan Friar Conventual, he has had a variety of ministerial experience including teaching, campus ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and for two summers served as a tour guide at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy.
Campus Minister for Faith Formation
Catherine Preston serves as the Campus Minister for Faith Development at the Duke Catholic Center. Catherine graduated from Duke in 2001 with a degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she swam for Duke and was active in the Catholic Student Center. She served for two years after graduation as our first Peer Ministry Coordinator. She then earned a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. Previously, she worked as Youth Minister at a parish in Florida. She is enjoying working with Duke students again.
Director of Development
Michelle Sutton serves as the Director of Development for the Duke Catholic Center. Michelle graduated from Duke in December 2011 with a degree in Political Science. During her time at Duke, she was a Resident Assistant and successfully founded an international debate society, The Alexander Hamilton Society. She was also very involved in the Duke Catholic Center as a Student Director where she oversaw the freshman outreach program and weekly Eucharistic Adoration.
Peer Ministry Coordinator
Emma Miller is the Peer Ministry Coordinator at the Duke Catholic Center for the 2013-2014 academic year. Emma graduated from Duke in 2011 with a degree in Psychology and has since been working at the Duke Catholic Center as a peer minister and program coordinator. As an undergrad, she enjoyed playing club and intramural soccer and was an active leader within the Duke Catholic Center. Emma is from Salisbury, N.C., and loves running, traveling, and Latin dancing.
Director of Music
Andrew Witchger serves as the Director of Music for the Duke Catholic Center. Andrew has been a Liturgist and Music Director in parishes for over 20 years and is excited to bring his experience and enthusiasm for Liturgy to Duke. Andrew also spent 10 years touring the world as a musician with his wife and four children and hopes to bring concert outreach to the Duke Catholic Center.
Ruth Anne Kennedy
Ruth Anne Kennedy joined the Duke Catholic Center in December 2011. She relocated to Durham from Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ruth Anne was previously the Executive Vice-President for the Stillwater Board of REALTORS, a local non-profit trade association and has several years experience in administrative roles and has served in public office. She and her husband have two sons and three grandchildren. Ruth Anne stated “I look forward everyday to working with the students at Duke as we all nurture our faith. As a convert to the church, I am as young in my faith as the students are and know we will all be able to continue to grow and nourish our faith together.”