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

Student Directors for 2022

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.

DCC Student President

Andrew Griffin ’23

I am majoring in Economics and Philosophy with a minor in Spanish. I am currently the student President of the Duke Catholic Center. My passions include addressing problems in the legal profession such as greater accessibility to legal resources for non-native English speakers. I am involved with several student organizations including the Duke Student Government Judiciary and the Latinx Business Organization. Normally you can find me studying in the Goodson Law Library or the Falcone-Arena House. In my free time, I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, listening to Freakonomics Radio, and playing Super Smash Ultimate. I am always willing to talk or grab a meal so make sure to say hi! 

Directors of Liturgy

Tommy Livesay ’23

I’m from New Haven, CT majoring in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Computer Science and a certificate in Energy and the Environment. I’m passionate about sustainable design and environmental protection, as well as serving others. Outside of being a Student Director, I’m a member of the Socials Team at the DCC and a member of the Duke Hyperloop Club. I’m an Eagle Scout who loves a good outdoor adventure, and I enjoy playing many different sports. I love good conversations and meeting new people, so please introduce yourself if you see me around campus! I’m so excited to serve the DCC this year as a Student Director of Liturgy!

Owen Hand ’25

I’m from Far Hills, New Jersey and here hoping to study computer science and considering statistics. Back home I live on a farm so I spend a lot of my free time outside in the woods and with our animals. I am also playing club rugby at Duke.

Directors of Socials

Molly Carson ’23

I am from Virginia Beach, VA. I’m on the pre-health track, pursuing a major in Neuroscience, a minor in Chemistry, and a certificate in Child Policy Research. I do club lacrosse here at Duke, and I love playing with my 5 dogs! I’m super excited to plan and host events for the DCC!

Stephanie Minaya ’25

I am from Northern Virginia. I am 18 years old and on the pre-med track planning on majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. I love staying active whether through soccer, cycling, or group workout classes, and being creative through baking, Legos and puzzle building. Within my time here at Duke, I have become involved with Duke Latinx Association, Mi Gente, Women’s Club Soccer, and Duke RAM. I am so excited to be a DCC Student Director and cannot wait to get be a greater part of this loving community.

Director of Encounter: Service and Social Justice

Clare Sparling ’24

I am from Northern Virginia and am majoring in biology and environmental science on the pre-med track. At Duke, I have really enjoyed getting involved in research and volunteering in the community. In my free time, I love to run, cook, and spend time with friends and family. I am excited and grateful to continue working with and serving the Duke and Durham community this year as a student director!

Director of Multicultural Initiatives

Alejandra Mella-Velazquez ’24

I am from Orlando, Florida although originally from Puerto Rico. I’m a sophomore majoring in a self-designed major through Program II called Latinx Health Disparities: Society, Culture, and Power on the pre-dental track. Whenever I am not spending time with my family and friends I love to cook and try out new recipes. I am super excited to celebrate the diversity within our universal church through different multicultural programming this year!

Director of Music Ministry

Clare Sobolewski ’24

My name is Clare, I also go by Sobo. I am an International Comparative Studies major concentrating in European Civil-Military relations and minoring in Spanish. I am a Midshipman in the Naval ROTC program here at Duke. In my free time, I enjoy being outside to either workout or play golf and other sports with my friends. My faith has grown immensely in my time with the Catholic Center, and I am excited to help others do the same this year.

Psst…. there are more Music Ministry Leaders. Click here for their information and bios!

Director of Philanthropy and DCC Treasurer

Robert Gilmore ’23

I am from Charleston, South Carolina and am majoring in Political Economy and minoring in Finance. At Duke, I am involved with Best Buddies and Army ROTC. Most days you can find me watching sports (go Mets!) and planning my next backpacking trip! I am extremely grateful to be chosen as a Student Director, and greatly look forward to working with everyone in the DCC.

Directors of Retreats and Pilgrimages

Olivia Lee ’25

I am from Houston, TX. I am a mechanical engineering major and play for the women’s club lacrosse team here at Duke. Outside of the DCC and lacrosse, I love lifting, baking, hiking, watching Survivor with my family, and spending time with friends. I am so excited to be a student director and help plan amazing retreats and pilgrimages for y’all! 

Connor Gregg ’24

I’m studying Mechanical Engineering and Economics. When not helping out at the DCC, you’ll probably find me working with the Duke Motorsports team or napping in the gardens. As a native Nebraskan, I enjoy watching Husker football and Creighton basketball. I’m very excited to serve the DCC community.

Graduate Student Directors

Carmen R. Cucalon, MSc-GH ’23

I’m a 1st year MSc in Global Health student from Miami, Florida and lived in El Salvador for 18 years. I attended Purdue University as an undergraduate and majored in Dietetics and Nutrition, Fitness and Health. Prior to coming to Duke, I was working as an inpatient clinical dietitian in FL. One of my favorite hobbies is playing tennis. I am excited and grateful to be a graduate student director this year.

Nhat Duong

Hi! I’m Nhat! Nice to meet you! I am a 2nd year in the CBB (Computational Biology and Bioinformatics) PhD program. I represent Philadelphia PA everywhere I go because it’s the best city in the world. I am a grad student so I do research for fun, read papers in my free times, and dream about winning the Nobel price in my sleep. As the Grad SD of Socials and Outreach, I can’t wait to share all the fun and exciting things that I do with the DCC community here.

Small Group Leaders for Spring 2022

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 Small Group Leaders

Paige Bartusiak ‘23

Kenny Brower ‘23 (Men’s Lax)

Carolina Cassedy ‘22 (Women’s Group)

Andrea Centeno ‘23 (Latino/a/x) 

Connor Gregg ‘24

Ella Gunady ‘23

Luke Jackson ‘23

Eric Johannessen ‘24 (Men’s Group)

Josh Kramer ‘24

Natalie Kubicki ‘24 (Women’s Group)

Michael McCullom ‘23

Mac Pluck ‘22 (Women’s Soccer)

Clare Sobolewski ‘24 (ROTC)

Job Trahan ‘24 (Black Catholic)

Naima Turbes ‘23 (Black Catholic)

David White ‘24

Moorea Wood ‘23

Will Yoh ‘22

Graduate Small Group Leaders

Greg Burke

Michael Freeman

Arinze Okafor

Sandra Onuekwe

Theresa Rizk

Matías Sur