The Duke Catholic Center’s main offices are located on West Campus in Suite 309 of the Page Building (above Page Auditorium).
Fr. Michael T. Martin, OFM Conv. | (919) 684-1882
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. | (603) 203-8088
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.
Director of Faith Formation
Sister Marcia Ternes, FSE | (203) 600-8934
Sister Marcia Ternes, FSE, joined the Duke Catholic Center staff team in June 2018. Sr. Marcia’s community, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, had a positive “Spirit-response” to Fr. Michael Martin’s request that they consider joining the O.F.M. Conventual Friars in a collaborative ministry at DCC. The two communities had previously collaborated in Jamaica, West Indies – where Sr. Marcia and Fr. Brad worked together. Sr. Marcia recognizes the renewed collaboration with joy, and looks forward to walking side by side with the students.
Sr. Marcia began her professional outreach as an educator, teaching in Catholic elementary schools in Wisconsin. However, when she was transferred to the South side of Chicago, her natural affinity for social work led to further education and many years of ministry as an LCSW.
While at the Motherhouse in Meriden, Connecticut, she founded “Franciscan Home Care” to accompany aged, ill and dying persons. In 2006 she was sent to found the FSE mission in Jamaica, and then in 2011 she was missioned to the Holy Land. Most recently, she has been at the FSE Center in Bridal Veil, Oregon. In all these places, and in many different ministries, she has entered into the needs and suffering of the people.
Whether evangelizing in catechetical programs sponsored by her Religious Community, or in a ministry of presence to those whose lives have been permeated by physical or emotional pain, or spiritual or material deprivation, Sr. Marcia lives closely with Christ and brings His love to others.
The landscape of Campus Ministry holds elements that are new and challenging for Sr. Marcia. But she is ready and excited to embrace the very meaningful work of “Faith Formation” at the Duke Catholic Center.
Director of Retreats and Pilgrimages
Sister Mary Peter Ryan, FSE | (919) 748-0046
Sister Mary Peter Ryan, FSE, joined the staff at the Duke Catholic Center in the summer of 2018. She is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, based in Meriden, CT, and was living at the Motherhouse there for the past seven years. She holds a BA and MS in History, and is currently working toward an MA in Philosophical Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Since completing her graduate work, Sister Mary Peter had been teaching World History and US History at East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT, before responding to the Spirit-movement that has brought her to Duke. Having benefited greatly from the Catholic Campus Ministry in her undergraduate years at George Mason University, Sister Mary Peter is excited to be back on campus, walking with students in their own journeys of discovering their faith.
Director of Small Groups
Catherine Preston | (919) 680-2521
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.
Peer Ministry Coordinator
Evan Wescott | (215) 495-7941
Evan Wescott serves as Peer Ministry Coordinator for the Duke Catholic Center. Evan from the Catholic University of America in 2016, earning degrees in Mathematics and Theology, with a Certificate of Pastoral Ministry. Evan spent his college career heavily involved in higher Catholic education, participating in liturgical life as well as homeless ministry, while dedicating three years as a Resident Assistant. In his free time, Evan enjoys spontaneous excursions, keeping up with philosophy and theology, and pickup Ultimate Frisbee games.
Director of Music
Andrew Witchger | (919) 323-6902
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.
Director of Communication
Emma Miller | (704) 267-3439
Emma Miller serves as the Duke Catholic Center’s Director of Communication. Emma previously served as the Peer Ministry Coordinator from 2011-2016. Emma graduated from Duke in 2011 with a degree in Psychology focused on cognition, and she enjoys finding creative ways to connect her academic background to her role in the DCC. Outside of work, Emma is passionate about cooking, long runs, reading too many books at once, and exploring the food scene in new cities.
Director of Development
Michelle Sutton | (919) 668-1472
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.
Michelle Naehring | (919) 684-8959
Michelle Naehring serves as the Development Assistant for the Duke Catholic Center. She has a degree in Dietetics from the University of Cincinnati. In 2010 Michelle relocated to Cary, NC with her husband and two children from San Carlos, CA. She is a parishioner at Saint Michael the Archangel. In her free time she loves running, cooking, reading and volunteering with Inner Faith Food Shuttle. She is excited to be the newest team member of the DCC.
Ruth Anne Kennedy | (919) 684-3354
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.”