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

Small Group Leaders for Spring 2021

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
  • Michaela Reinhart ’21
  • Paige Bartusiak ’23
  • Alina Perez ’21
  • Dominic Tanzillo ’21
  • Will Yoh ’22
  • Kyla Brezitski ’21
  • John Markis ’21
  • Terry Lindsay ’21
  • Mark Birmingham ’21
  • Mackenzie Pluck ’22
  • Luke Jackson ’23
  • Naima Turbes ’23
  • Marco Gonzalez ’21
  • Anthony Cardellini ’21
Graduate Small Group Leaders
  • Michael Freeman, PhD Cand. ’24
  • Natalie Gasparowicz, PhD Cand. ’24
  • Neil Gallagher, PhD Cand. ’22
  • Arinze Okafor, PhD Cand. ’26
  • Nancy Corsi, PhD Cand. ’24

Student Directors for 2021

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.

Directors of Liturgy

Jessica Wey ’23

My name is Jessica Wey, I’m a sophomore from McAllen, TX studying environmental engineering. I am on the club basketball team at Duke and I enjoy singing (very badly) and staying active. 

Andres Bermudez ’23

I’m Andres Bermudez. I’m a Biomedical Engineering student from Philadelphia, PA. I’m hoping to pursue a career in medicine, so I am involved with brain cancer research at Duke and I’m also an EMT. In my free time I like to work out, skateboard, and ski.

Directors of Socials

Molly Carson ’23

My name is Molly Carson, and I am a sophomore from Virginia Beach, VA. I’m on the pre-health track, and I’m thinking of majoring in neuroscience. I love playing with my 5 dogs! I’m so excited to plan and host social(ly distanced) events for the DCC! 

Andrew Griffin ’23

Andrew is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Philosophy with a minor in Spanish. He is passionate about addressing problems in the legal profession such as greater accessibility to legal resources for non-native English speakers. He is involved with several student organizations including the Duke Student Government Judiciary, Juris Undergraduate Law Review, and the Latinx Business Organization. Normally you can find him in his favorite spot on campus to study, which is the Goodson Law Library or the Falcone-Arena House. In his free time, Andrew enjoys reading at mass, listening to Freakonomics Radio, or playing Super Smash Ultimate. He is always willing to talk about any situation or topic, so make sure to say hi!

Director of Service and Social Justice

Kyle Tran ’23

Hi, I’m Kyle and I’m a sophomore from Wichita, Kansas studying Computer Science. I enjoy working with others as well as playing different sports(basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee). I also really love discovering new music/talking about all things audio. I’m excited to be a student director this year and look forward to working with everyone at the DCC and those in our communities! 

Director of Music Ministry

Ogadimma “OG” Alilonu ’22

Hi! I’m Ogadimma Alilonu, but I also go by OG. I’m a junior at Duke majoring in computer science while on the pre-med track. I’ve been involved in Music Ministry since I came to Duke, and I’m really excited to help keep Music Ministry as amazing as it is while working with others to explore new ways of enriching the music at Mass and the community that creates it! I’m looking forward to a great year as your student director of Music Ministry!

Director of Networking

Stephanie Zempolich ’23

My name is Steph Zempolich and I’m a sophomore majoring in International Comparative Studies and History with a minor in economics. In addition to being a student director for the DCC, I am on the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team and in the Army ROTC program here at Duke! As someone who has benefitted and grown so much in their faith from a small group and the community here at the DCC, I am extremely appreciative and excited to be a part of this year’s student leadership.

Director of Retreats & Pilgrimages

Matthew Murray ’22

Hey! My name is Matt Murray and I am a junior from East Hanover, New Jersey majoring in statistical science and minoring in economics. In my free time, I am a maniacal sports fan (go Mets!), and I love to watch movies and spend time with friends and family. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be student director of retreats and pilgrimages this year and am looking forward to working with everyone!

Director for Graduate & Professional Student Ministry

McGrath Bissaillon MTS’22