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
At the heart of our formation of students as disciples is our Small Group Ministry. Both graduates and undergraduates have been tasked with meeting the spiritual needs of our community by gathering once a week with their peers to encounter Christ in Scripture. Through diligent prayer and personal outreach, these student leaders form the heartbeat of our Catholic community, and are helping to shape the future of the Church at Duke and beyond.
Undergraduate and graduate students also 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. Through serving in their respective ministries, these Student Directors live out the baptismal call, sharing personal gifts and talents within the Duke Catholic community with an eye toward lifelong service to the Church and the world.
Small Group Leaders for Spring 2018
I am Quinton Tran, a Vietnamese-American guy from the suburban town of Lawrenceville, GA. As a cradle Catholic, I have always been immersed within the practices of the faith, but I never considered my beliefs seriously until the end of of high school. When I finally arrived to Duke, I wanted to evaluate whether there was more to believing in God other than attending mass and checking it off as another Sunday chore. I decided to attend a small group to find answers to my questions and challenges, and I was graciously surprised to establish not only a foundation of knowledge but also a relationship with Jesus. I love to read about the Church and physics as well as watch dance videos! Although I consider myself an amateur, I’ll rarely turn down a chance to dance, whether its sloppy break-dancing or Zumba.
Hello, I’m Joseph Griffiths III, and I hail from South Carolina as a senior pre-med student. A longtime DCC leader, I have been a part of our Awakening retreats, but this year I’m going to take a stab at leading my own small group! When I’m not pitching in with Catholic Center ministry, you can find me fishing or playing a round of golf (still waiting for a tee time, Fr. Mike!). I’m excited to meet new faces and get small groups going this year!
Hello, my name is Michael, and I’m a junior major in History and intent on going to law school after Duke. I enjoy exploring Durham’s local restaurants, hanging out with friends, and playing strategy games and squash. In addition to the Catholic Center, I’m involved in student organizations such as Moot Court, DSG Judiciary, and Duke History Union. I first started becoming active in the Catholic Center in my freshman year because of his positive small group experience, and now leads a small group in order to create similar experiences for other Duke students.
I’m Joseph Tan, a junior from Singapore. Having done two and a half years of military service prior to studying at Duke, I’m passionate about character and values education, as well as living a healthy and active life. On campus, I sing with the Duke Chorale and Catholic Center Music Ministry, tutor in local schools, and watch Duke basketball (even though I know nothing about basketball trivia). In my free time, I can sometimes be found baking, running at the WaDuke trail, or taking too many afternoon naps. I love learning about different cultures and perspectives, and I’m excited to grow in faith and love with the Catholic community here at Duke.
Hi! My name is Tim Skapek, and I’m a sophomore from Dallas, Texas. At Duke I am pursuing a double major between mechanical engineering and economics, as well as a certificate in aerospace engineering. Outside of the classroom, I am a kicker on the varsity football team, on the executive board for the undergraduate Admissions Office tour guides, and a member of TEDxDuke and Dukes and Duchesses. I’ve been on one Duc in Altum retreat with the DCC, and it was truly an inspirational experience. I’ve had the opportunity to make many lasting friendships through the DCC and to spend too many weeks in a tent in K-ville to earn a prime spot at last year’s Duke-UNC home basketball game. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to lead a small group and to spend more time with the wonderful community at the DCC!
My name is Lucas Rocha-Melogno, and I’m an Environmental Engineering doctoral student at Duke. I was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia and went to Honduras to get my Degree in Environmental Engineering and Development from Zamorano University. I’ve been part of the Catholic Center since 2016 when I came to work as a research scholar. I love playing the guitar, hiking and traveling. I decided to stay for my doctorate in part because the Catholic Center became my second home abroad, helping me to find a good work-life balance. I look forward to welcoming more graduate students to be part of our small groups and our community!
Hi! I’m Elizabeth, a research technician for an HIV lab in the Duke medical center, and I graduated from Davidson College in 2016. Since coming to Duke I’ve been active in music ministry, small groups, and a regular face at Tuesday Night Dinner. I have loved the chance to grow in faith through the Scriptures in small group ministry this past year and meet fellow Catholics at Duke, both grad and undergrad, in such a vibrant Catholic community. A lover of cats, science fiction, Jane Austen heroes, Pier Giorgio Frassati, and playing the harp, I’m super excited to be leading a graduate and young professionals small group this year!
Hey guys! I’m Nancy Wiebelhaus, a first year Chemistry PhD student at Duke, and a recent graduate from Western Carolina University. While new to the DCC community, I have already found the foundation for my Catholic faith through the people I have come in contact with and the community I have been generously welcomed into. I led small groups at my previous university, and I am very excited to continue that ministry here at Duke with new people who can bring different perspectives on life. While I’m not being a student or a teaching assistant, I love spending my time outdoors enjoying nature by hiking, kayaking, and biking. I’m also am an avid reader and fan of G. K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. I look forward to growing in faith with DCC this semester!
Hi, I’m Katie Cassedy, and I’m a Floridian gal studying Economics! I’ve been involved in Small Groups since my first semester at Duke, and I’ve been a devout attendee ever since. When I’m not baking cookies for my small group, you can find me sailing, reading, or doing something nifty with my Canon camera. I’m looking forward to making new friends through small group and to growing in my faith alongside DCC pals.
Hey! I’m Anna, a junior studying Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology. I am from a small town outside of Kansas City, Missouri (the better Kansas City) and love talking to people about just about anything. You can find me procrastinating my class assignments by napping, hanging out at the Duke Lemur Center or convincing my friends to go on late night adventures to get Cookout milkshakes. I am so excited about the opportunity to grow my faith by leading a small group this semester and getting to know new faces in the Duke Catholic Center!
Hello everyone. My name is Michael Casey, and I am in the Math Ph.D. program at Duke, originally from southern California. Sometimes I am a lector for the 9 pm Mass. I joined a small group several years ago, and it has been very rewarding to learn of the many different ways people have encountered the Lord in their lives. In leading a small group, I very much wish to share that joy, learning more about my own faith along the way. I’m a big fan of Eucharistic Adoration and praying the Rosary. When I am not working on research or attending seminars on campus, I enjoy singing, reading, knitting, and learning Russian, not all at the same time.
Student Directors for 2018
Directors of Liturgy
Hey everyone! I’m Michelle Krogius, a Pratt junior from Laguna Beach, California. I’m majoring in civil/structural engineering with an intended architecture certificate and political science minor. Outside the classroom, I love tenting in K-Ville, watching too much reality TV, and ordering Sushi Love at exactly 8pm. I’m also involved in Bass Connections research on Catholic campus ministries. I started in DCC ministry as a leader on Beach Weekend and a small group leader, and transitioned into liturgy last year as a sacristan for 9pm mass. I’m very excited to continue my liturgy ministry this year with a great group of student leaders!
My name is Gregory Blazek, I am a proud Texan hailing from Dallas and I am a current Junior studying Biology and Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, looking to enter medical school after graduation. On top of my love for family and friends (and the occasional spontaneous adventure), I am a loyal member of the Duke University Marching Band and can be seen either cheering from the stands in sporting events, playing on the football field, or “surfing” with the Blue Devil on Coach K court. I came to Duke looking to put all my energy in academics and studying, but I am pleased that God has put people in my life who’ve shown me the importance of pursuing Christ first and foremost. I hope to expand on the Catholic ministry as a student director and guide myself and others closer to a relationship with the Eucharist. Peace and prayers.
Director of Peer Outreach
Hi friend! My name is Katherine Haley, and I am a Junior here at Duke majoring in English (although my semester abroad in Rome has me craving a degree in gastronomy). I love reading Jane Austen and writing Creative Fiction. I am a YoungLife volunteer and lead a bible study of Middle School girls at Durham Academy, and also work for a ministry in Raleigh called Hope Reins where I hang out with lots of wonderful children and horses. On campus, I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Catholic Center’s Student Director for Peer Outreach and Beach Weekend. I am so excited to be a Student Director this year. All of my deepest friendships and greatest memories at Duke have been formed in the Catholic Center, and so I am so excited to give back to the community that has given me so much.
Director of Tuesday Night Dinners
I’m Annie Janick, and I’m a junior from South Carolina majoring in neuroscience. I’ve been a part of the TNDream Team since my sophomore year and can often be found cooking (and eating!) in the FAH kitchen. Outside of the DCC, I’ve understood / am still understanding the gift of food and hospitality of table fellowship through involvement with Reality Ministries’ Reality Cafe and time with a Catholic Worker farm community. If you ever have TND suggestions or want to talk about food and/or faith, please reach out! I’ll cook for you 🙂
Director of Service and Development
My name is Katherine Morawa, and I am from Woodstock, Georgia. I am a junior studying psychology and education. In the fall, I will be entering into the teacher prep program, and I hope to become an elementary school teacher when I graduate. My whole life I’ve been really passionate about serving God by serving others. Through Encounter and volunteering at a nursing home, I found a way to serve God, the DCC community, and the Durham community as a whole. By continuing to volunteer through Encounter, the DCC has become a huge part of my Duke experience, and I have been able to dive deeper in my relationship with Christ. I hope that I can continue to serve God and our community through Encounter and that I can help others do so too!
Director of Lecture Series
Hey! I’m Arthur Wu, an economics major from Hong Kong. I’ve been involved in campus ministry since I’ve stepped foot on campus, whether with small groups or worship services or retreats. I’m now happy to help educatemy fellow Dukies about the faith through the Lecture Series, and hope to cultivate conversation and dialogue on Catholic teaching, ethics, philosophy and lived experience!
Director of Music Ministry
Hello! My name is Dylan Tamayo, a junior from Long Island studying neuroscience on a pre-med track. Though I had been playing instruments such as piano and cello for years before coming to Duke, the Music Ministry was really where I first began using my talents to give praise and glory to God. My faith has not only been transformed as a result of my experiences in the Duke Catholic Center, but I have also grown tremendously, made lifelong friends, and found my place on Duke’s campus. I’m always down to talk about music (and/or pre-med advice or just life in general!), so hit me up if you’re ever want to grab a meal, get some music recommendations, or play some praise and worship songs together!
Director of Small Groups
Hey! I’m Audrey, a junior from Spartanburg, South Carolina studying mechanical engineering. I joined a small group my freshman year and it really helped me develop my personal relationship with Jesus and I enjoyed getting to share that experience with others as a facilitator over the past 3 years! Now I’m excited to get a chance to assist the small group leaders in their ministry and help take some of the logistical work off of their hands so they can focus on ministering to their members. Aside from helping with small groups, I also am a proud member of the DCC’s music ministry and I enjoy building up the community and helping them get to know Christ!