The faithful, who by Baptism are incorporated into Christ and integrated into the People of God, are made sharers in their particular way in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly offices of Christ, and have their own part to play in the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world.
– LG 31
The laity can be called to cooperate with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community, for the sake of its growth and life. This can be done through the exercise of different kinds of ministries according to the grace and charisms which the Lord has been pleased to bestow on them.
– Paul VI, EN 73
Undergraduate and graduate students serve as Student Directors and Coordinators in the Duke Catholic Center. They are an essential part of every aspect of ministry at Duke. They are responsible for assisting in the development of programs and coordinating student engagement in liturgy, justice and service, intellectual and spiritual formation, and community building. Some students also serve on the DCC Advisory Board to plan longer range vision and strategies. Service as a leader in the Catholic Center is a way to live out our baptismal call, sharing gifts and talents within the Duke Catholic community with an eye toward lifelong service to the Church and the world.
Student Directors for 2015
John Hosey is a junior pre-med neuroscience major from Savannah, GA. At Duke, John is in Naval ROTC, serves on the Resident Assistant Leadership Council, researches posttraumatic stress disorder, and teaches swimming to Duke Hospital pediatric cancer patients. He enjoys longboard skateboarding, weightlifting, and playing guitar. John is excited to work towards drawing more students into the strong community at the Duke Catholic Center.
Sungmin Sohn is a junior from Northern Virginia. She is majoring in International Comparative Studies and is interested in international development and human rights. She founded Duke’s Coalition Against Wrongful Convictions and is a member of Duke Colloquium Fellows. She loves traveling abroad, writing restaurant reviews, and spending time with her selective living group. Sungmin feels honored to have been selected as a student director and is excited to have this opportunity to serve the Duke Catholic Center, her home away from home.
Andrea Ruby is from Whittsett, North Carolina. Andrea is studying Evolutionary Anthropology and Art History. Andrea currently works in the theatre department costume shop. Having just been confirmed this past Easter, Andrea relies very heavily on the Catholic Center to continually grow in her faith. She loves the community in the DCC and became a Student Director to be a more integral part. Andrea loves helping create the programming and events that the Catholic Center offers its students. She hopes to use her leadership position to reach out to more Catholic students at Duke.
Molly Culhane is a junior from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is studying in the Pratt School of Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Energy Engineering and Religion. She is the Vice President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as a member in both Zeta Tau Alpha and Maxwell House. Some of her favorite activities include reading, hanging out with friends and family, and, of course, Duke Basketball. She is involved in the Catholic Center because she admires having a close-knit faith community to share her experiences with. As a Student Director, she hopes to bring students together through the many outlets the Duke Catholic Center offers.
Paige Mihalsky is a junior from Edmond, Oklahoma with a major in Neuroscience and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. After graduating, she hopes to go to medical school to ultimately fulfill her dream of becoming a missionary surgeon. At Duke, Paige has also enjoyed playing club lacrosse, volunteering in the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant unit at Duke Hospital, and spending time with her sorority. The Duke Catholic community has made a lasting, faith-deepening, impression on Paige, and she hopes to share that with others. Paige feels most at home when at the Duke Catholic Centers, and is excited to help further develop the Christ-centered atmosphere as she serves as a student director.
Gabriela is a Junior majoring in Neuroscience with a certificate in Human Development and a Visual Arts minor. Having grown up in the small beach community of Point Lookout, NY, she feels at home by the ocean. Gabriela has found her academic passions lie significantly in the human mind, particularly in the mechanisms of self-expression and conception of identity. When not lost in thought, she is probably sketching, engaged in long existential discussions, or watching reruns of Friends. During her time at Duke, playing the flute and lectoring at night Mass, the Catholic Center has become her family. As a student director, Gabriela is excited to share and develop this family with the larger Duke and Durham community.
Director for Graduate Students
John Badley is a third-year Masters of Divinity student at the Divinity School. He is originally from Ponca City, Oklahoma, but went to college in Kansas where he studied English and Religious Studies. At Duke Divinity John studies the Old Testament and is excited about the ways in which these ancient texts can enliven and challenge modern Christians, but most of all he is committed to helping young Catholics find genuine passion for and challenge in our faith. When he isn’t reading or writing for class you might find John drinking coffee (iced, black) with friends, watching too many movies or TV shows on Netflix, or cooking vegetarian soups.