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.
Associate Director, Director of Communication
Grace Hegarty | (919) 681-9708
Grace Hegarty joined the Duke Catholic Center staff team in July 2021. Grace comes to Duke from American University in D.C. where she served as the Catholic Campus Minister since 2017. Grace is a 2014 graduate of University of Maryland, where she first experienced the impact of campus ministry as a student. In the years prior to her role at American University, she worked for the Archdiocese of Washington on the parish level and at Catholic Charities. In her spare time, Grace is pursuing her Master of Arts in Theology from University of Notre Dame. But beyond her career in ministry and graduate classes, Grace enjoys swing dancing, kayaking, biking, reading Shakespeare, and listening to Mumford & Sons.
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
Sabina Marroquin | (940) 867-6352
Having joined the DCC team in fall of 2020, Sabina is no longer the newest member of the DCC team! She is, however, a 2015 graduate of Midwestern State University, where she received her bachelors, as well as a 2020 graduate of University of Dayton, where she earned her Masters in Theological Studies. Her involvement in campus ministry as an undergraduate gave her the courage to pursue a year of service with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia after graduation and led to her graduate degree in theology. Sabina is excited to share her passion for integrating faith with community and living a life of service. Sabina has blended seamlessly into the DCC staff and has become a vital part of the team during the pandemic. She is passionate about connecting one-on-one with students, listening to their experiences, and leading them closer to Christ. She is also passionate about finding the best chai lattes and ice cream that the Triangle has to offer!
Director of Social Justice and Outreach
MyLan Metzger | (714) 813-2062
MyLan Metzger first joined the staff as Peer Ministry Coordinator in the summer of 2019. Over her two years as PMC, MyLan showed great passion and dedication to Catholic social teaching and helping students better understand this core dimension of discipleship. As of July 2021, MyLan has stepped into a new role as Director of Social Justice and Outreach.
Prior to coming to Duke, MyLan graduated from Georgetown University in 2019 with degrees in theology and government where she was a resident assistant, Mass coordinator, and a board member of the largest student-run pro-life conference. She is currently pursuing at Masters in Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. When she’s not working for justice or studying, MyLan enjoys reading, knitting, winning board games, and watching Bishop Barron videos.
Peer Ministry Coordinator
Timothy Fasano | TBA
Tim join the Duke Catholic Center in July 2021 as the newest Peer Ministry Coordinator! In a position focused on connecting one-on-one with students, cultivating relationships, and walking in the life of Christ with undergraduates, Tim is equipped to hit to the ground running.
Tim—like Sabina and Sister Frances—is a graduate of University of Dayton. Upon his graduation in 2017, Tim served a year with Christian Appalachian Project through Americorps. Most recently, Tim spent two and a half years with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs) where he received formation in the life and manner of the Franciscan charism. With the CFRs, he served the materially poor, learned personal accompaniment, and gained experience in evangelization. Tim has a special devotion to St. Oscar Romero, and Tim has already been exploring all of the trails, rivers, and hikes he can find in the Triangle.
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.
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.
Associate Director of Development
Emma Miller | (704) 267-3439
Emma Miller has served at the Duke Catholic Center since her graduation from Duke in 2011. First entering the team as Peer Ministry Coordinator (PMC), Emma quickly found herself drawn to the critical, mission-centered nature of a career in the Church. After five years in her position as PMC, Emma advocated for and stepped into the first ever Director of Communication role at the DCC. Five years later, after establishing a DCC brand identity and setting a standard for campus ministry print & digital communication, Emma pivoted to a new position with the DCC development team.
Based out of Westchester, NY, Emma now serves as the Associate Director of Development. Emma is excited to help grow development communication initiatives, cultivate young alumni engagement, and invite Duke Catholic stakeholders to partner with the DCC in her mission.
Outside of work, Emma loves trying out New York Times Cooking recipes, attempting not to tip over at stop signs on her road bike, reading too many books at once, and hunting for the best (flakiest) croissants she find.
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!
Marriage Preparation Coordinator
Liz Riegel | (919) 625-0722
Liz Riegel is thrilled to be returning to her alma mater as a member of the Duke Catholic Center staff. The DCC has been important to Liz since her days as a Duke undergrad (AB ’89). Liz went on to get a MA in Pastoral Ministry at Boston College, and worked in college campus ministry and parish youth ministry. More recently, Liz has worked as a case manager with people facing housing loss, and as a chaplain at Duke and UNC-Rex hospitals. She and her husband, Mike, have three children: a daughter who works as a nurse, and a son and daughter in college. In her free time, Liz enjoys painting, gardening, and going on long walks with their shaggy dog, Tucker.
Liz believes marriage is one of God’s best inventions and certainly God’s greatest gift in her own life. She is excited to accompany couples through their engagement and as they prepare for a lifetime of love and grace together.