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
Director for Freshman Outreach & Beach Weekend
Chris Dieckhaus is a junior from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Photography. At Duke, Chris is a student representative on the Duke Catholic Center Advisory Board, photographs for the Chronicle, and is a member of Duke Club Golf. He loves Duke basketball and Durham food. The Duke Catholic Center has been an incredible part of Chris’ time at Duke, and through his role of Director of Freshman Outreach & Beach Weekend, he hopes to give incoming students the same experience he had.
Director of Academic Programming & Social Events
Wills Rooney is a junior from Darien, Connecticut. He is pursuing a Program II major that focuses on economics, philosophy, and theology. He is a member of Duke’s varsity cross-country and track teams and also serves on the editorial board of the Chronicle. At home, Wills is a volunteer firefighter, and in his free time, he enjoys following sports, reading, and playing golf. Wills is very excited to invigorate the Duke Catholic Center’s academic programming and to extend its impact on campus!
Directors of Liturgy
Chuka Obiofuma is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Economics, with a minor in Chemistry. The Catholic Center has been the focus of Chuka’s activities at Duke – serving in various leadership roles for the Awakening retreats, joining service trips to rural Kentucky, and now serving as Student Director of Liturgy. Chuka’s hobbies include recreational basketball and fooling around on the piano. Chuka also enjoys doing extracurricular research with the Bernhardt ecology lab, and he plans on expanding his research experience next semester, through Bass Connections, by investigating quality of education versus cost effectiveness. Chuka has been an active member of the DCC since he first attended a retreat during the fall of his freshman year, and he hopes to ensure that its ministries are expertly run and ever-ready to introduce Christ into the lives of all Duke students.
Mike Rogers is from Long Island, New York. At Duke, Mike is a pre-med Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Education. He currently is engaged in research on cancer biology, mentoring with the MASTERY program, and volunteering with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. Mike began with the Catholic Center on a free trip to the beach and signing up to help at Mass to force himself to attend. That involvement has developed into an engagement in liturgy, retreats, small groups, and more – which have defined his time at Duke. As a Student Director, Mike is excited to serve the Catholic community at Duke by bringing his energy and leadership to some of the best masses the campus has ever seen.
Director of Tuesday Night Dinners
Sofia Calicchio is from Snellville, Georgia. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a Certificate in Aerospace Engineering. She is currently one of two Secretaries in the Duke University Marching Band as well as a section leader for the best section in band: the saxophones. Her hobbies include sleeping, hanging out with friends, being a part of the atmosphere in Cameron, and cooking. She is very grateful to have been chosen as one of the Student Directors for the Duke Catholic Center because TND has always felt like a large family gathering and welcomed her into the DCC. She hopes that she can welcome many new members through this new leadership position with the Catholic Center!
Director of Service and Interfaith
Julia Bellantoni is a junior from Baltimore, Maryland studying biology. She plans to pursue a career in geriatric medicine. In her free time, Julia enjoys performing with her dance company, volunteering at a local nursing home, and planning service events for her sorority. She is thrilled to be a Student Director and to serve the DCC community that has been so important to her at Duke. She is excited to see how this Catholic family will grow in faith and service this year!
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.