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 Fall 2017
Student Directors for 2017
Directors of Liturgy
Juan Pablo Gonzalez is a Physics and Electrical Engineering major at Duke. He was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. Outside of the Catholic Center, he enjoys finding new roads to bike around Duke. Coming from a very religious family, Juan Pablo was very thankful to have found the Catholic Center Community at Duke. He first got involved with the Catholic Center through small groups in his freshmen year. Now, he is really excited to serve as Liturgy Director and hopes to help Duke’s students strengthen their faith.
Jennifer Dietzel is a senior studying Biology and Chemistry with medical school aspirations. Born and raised in rural southwest Wisconsin, she loves running, spending time with family, exploring the outdoors, and, of course, cheering for the Green Bay Packers. On campus, she enjoys working for Duke Sports Information, volunteering and tutoring in the Durham community, and being a passionate Duke Basketball fan. The vibrant Duke Catholic Center has greatly enriched Jennifer’s Duke experience and she is incredibly excited to serve as a Liturgy Director and hopes to enhance student engagement in the celebration of our faith.
Director of Tuesday Night Dinners
Luke Duchemin is from Hockessin, Delaware (You know, that small state you’ve probably driven through on your way to a more exciting place.) He is a proud English major, having converted from his previous Neuroscience/Pre-med track. Luke is also a third year Resident Assistant on East Campus in Blackwell and he works as cashier in the Bryan Center Lobby Shop. In his spare time you might find him reading, writing, cooking, or grabbing a meal with a friend. Luke became involved with the Catholic center by joining a small group and by attending Tuesday Night Dinner each week. He started cooking with TND in the spring of his freshman year. As Student Director, he really hopes to encourage others to feel at home in the Duke Catholic Community–while also making sure that they leave the Falcone-Arena House every Tuesday night with a full stomach!
Director of Service and Interfaith and Development
Michelle Moffa, originally from New Jersey, is a civil engineering major with an emphasis on environmental engineering and water resources. She’s a Pratt peer adviser and is involved in several research projects studying global water and sanitation access. Michelle first found a home in the Duke Catholic Center freshman year when she started eating lunch with the homeless through Encounter and playing the flute in music ministry, and her faith and friendships in the DCC have been growing ever since. She’s excited to help other students find opportunities to serve the Durham community and talk about social justice issues as director of Encounter, and to continue to engage alumni of the DCC as director of development.
Director of Lecture Series
Maria Luisa usually lives in Houston, Texas, but can often be found traveling across the world to places like Brazil and Morocco. Maria Luisa has a passion for recording and podcasting, having developed multiple projects on her own, and is looking forward to sharing her talents to help educate Duke Catholics on the faith!