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 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 from 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 Frances Zajac, FSE | (203) 317-7788
Sister Frances Zajac, FSE, joined the staff at the Duke Catholic Center in the summer of 2019. She is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, based in Meriden, CT, and was living at the Motherhouse there for the past several years. Sister Frances Zajac, F.S.E. was inducted in to her high school athletic hall of fame in 2008. As an undergrad, she played D1 varsity volleyball and softball at the University of Dayton. To put it mildly, she is an avid sports fan. Sister Frances served as a Science Education Volunteer in the Peace Corps for three years in Cameroon, Africa and upon her return began a 25-year high school teaching career in her hometown of Meriden, Connecticut. As a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, she has fifteen years of experience as a Ropes Course Retreat facilitator, has led five World Youth Day pilgrimages, and has worked side-by-side with young people on environmental and service projects. Sister Frances also serves her community as a licensed funeral director and embalmer, assisting in caring for her Sisters in death. It is with joyful anticipation that she begins her mission at the Duke Catholic Center.
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
MyLan Metzger | (714) 813-2062
MyLan Metzger joined the staff as peer ministry coordinator in the summer of 2019. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2019 with degrees in theology and government. At Georgetown, MyLan was involved in campus ministry and was passionate about pro-life and consistent ethic of life advocacy and service. She also worked for three years as a resident assistant. Originally from Rockville, Maryland, MyLan enjoys reading, knitting, winning board games, and eating food from around the world.
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 has served as the Duke Catholic Center’s Director of Communication since 2016, before which she was the DCC’s Peer Ministry Coordinator for five years. 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.
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.”
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.
Assistant Director of Development
George Brunner | (919) 684-8959
George Brunner serves as the Assistant Director of Development for the Duke Catholic Center. George graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Since his graduation, George has worked in Full-Time Ministry as a CRE in Frederick, MD, Campus Minister at UNCG, and Youth Minister in VA. He has over 8 years experience working in ministry with the Church. He was married in 2011 and has two children. George is a member of the Youth Apostles community. George enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and anything outdoors. George is a lacrosse coach and looks forward to attending many Duke lacrosse games. George is excited to be part of the Duke Catholic Center family. “Go Duke” begins with GOD!