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. Brad Heckathorne, OFM Conv.
Fr. Brad Heckathorne, OFM Conv. joined the Duke Catholic Center staff team in August 2014. As a member of the Conventual Franciscan Friars, Fr. Brad has served in various ministries, particularly in the educational field. His most recent ministry was as the Catholic chaplain at Western Connecticut State University. He also worked as an associate campus minister at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC for eight years, where he served as chaplain to the law and the graduate students. Because of his passion for working with the poor and disadvantaged, he began a mission trip for students to work with the poor of Kingston, Jamaica, W.I., eventually leaving the university to become a missionary on the island. His desire is to bring awareness of the plights of the poor to the people he serves as well as create opportunities for them to make the poor a part of their lives. Fr. Brad has also served as a teacher, a guidance counselor and an assistant principal on the high school level. He holds a BA in English from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, an MDiv. from St. Anthony-on-Hudson in Rensselaer, NY and an M.S. Ed. from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. He has served on various school and charitable boards, as well as the Regent of Studies for the Franciscan friars of his province.
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.
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.
Friar Manny Vasconcelos
Friar Manny is here on an apostolic year — similar to an internship for religious life. He is in Theological Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Before joining the Franciscans, Friar Manny served as Campus Minister at a high school in Massachusetts and was actively involved in his undergraduate campus ministry at Providence College in Rhode Island.
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.
Natalia serves as the Development Assistant for the Duke Catholic Center. A native New Yorker, Natalia graduated from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 2011 with a degree in Politics and concentration in Peace Studies. After CUA, she worked with DC middle school youth through an education non-profit. A new denizen of the Tar Heel State, Natalia is excited to learn more about the South and to explore the beauty North Carolina has to offer, from the beaches to Durham to the mountains.
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.”