Now accepting leadership applications for the 2019 calendar year!
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
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 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.
Small Group Leaders for Fall 2018
I am Quinton Tran, a Vietnamese-American guy from the suburban town of Lawrenceville, GA. As a cradle Catholic, I have always been immersed within the practices of the faith, but I never considered my beliefs seriously until the end of of high school. When I finally arrived to Duke, I wanted to evaluate whether there was more to believing in God other than attending mass and checking it off as another Sunday chore. I decided to attend a small group to find answers to my questions and challenges, and I was graciously surprised to establish not only a foundation of knowledge but also a relationship with Jesus. I love to read about the Church and physics as well as watch dance videos! Although I consider myself an amateur, I’ll rarely turn down a chance to dance, whether its sloppy break-dancing or Zumba.
Hi everyone! My name is Kyla and I am a sophomore from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At Duke I am on the cheerleading team, a member of the American Medical Women’s Association, a volunteer at Duke Hospital, and am involved in research on campus. In my free time I love to read and spend time in the gardens. I also enjoy volunteering with the DCC through Encounter! I first attended a small group my freshman year and have loved delving deeper into Scripture to strengthen my relationship with Christ. I am so grateful for the opportunity to lead a small group this year and to engage in the dynamic Catholic community at the DCC!
Hi, my name is Nicole Lindbergh, and I am a sophomore undergraduate studying History and Computer Science at Duke from Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to serving as a small group leader, I am one of the music interns for Andrew’s Music Ministry team, so if you want to get more involved with music at mass, let me know! I am also a contributing writer to the Chronicle, a MASTERY tutor for Kenan, and the Music Director and Social Chair for the Devilish Keys, the piano ensemble on campus. I’m really excited to grow alongside you in our faith community at Duke!
I’m Joseph Tan, a junior from Singapore. Having done two and a half years of military service prior to studying at Duke, I’m passionate about character and values education, as well as living a healthy and active life. On campus, I sing with the Duke Chorale and Catholic Center Music Ministry, tutor in local schools, and watch Duke basketball (even though I know nothing about basketball trivia). In my free time, I can sometimes be found baking, running at the WaDuke trail, or taking too many afternoon naps. I love learning about different cultures and perspectives, and I’m excited to grow in faith and love with the Catholic community here at Duke.
Hey guys! I’m Nancy Wiebelhaus, a first year Chemistry PhD student at Duke, and a recent graduate from Western Carolina University. While new to the DCC community, I have already found the foundation for my Catholic faith through the people I have come in contact with and the community I have been generously welcomed into. I led small groups at my previous university, and I am very excited to continue that ministry here at Duke with new people who can bring different perspectives on life. While I’m not being a student or a teaching assistant, I love spending my time outdoors enjoying nature by hiking, kayaking, and biking. I’m also am an avid reader and fan of G. K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. I look forward to growing in faith with DCC this semester!
Hello everyone. My name is Michael Casey, and I am in the Math Ph.D. program at Duke, originally from southern California. Sometimes I am a lector for the 9 pm Mass. I joined a small group several years ago, and it has been very rewarding to learn of the many different ways people have encountered the Lord in their lives. In leading a small group, I very much wish to share that joy, learning more about my own faith along the way. I’m a big fan of Eucharistic Adoration and praying the Rosary. When I am not working on research or attending seminars on campus, I enjoy singing, reading, knitting, and learning Russian, not all at the same time.
Hi everyone, I’m Joshua, a sophomore from Singapore studying Environmental Science and Policy and Political Science. My life pretty much revolves around the gym, kitchen, mountains, studying (sometimes) and the DCC! I’ve had my Catholic faith shaped by a loving family, home parish, Duke community, and through having served in the military for 2 years prior to coming to Duke. I’m excited and blessed to lead a small group this semester and hope to grow in the faith together with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Hello! My name is Elizabeth Bartusiak, and I am a sophomore from Lake Forest, IL. I am passionate about computer science and introducing more students in high school and middle school to computer programming. When I am not enthusiastically coding, I love to spend time outdoors, especially walking around a garden in the spring time. The first time I started to read and pray with Scripture outside of a classroom setting was last year when I first started college, and I am so excited to learn more about my faith through Scripture and small group this year!
Hello! My name is Michaela Reinhart, and I’m a sophomore from Georgetown, Kentucky (near Lexington). I haven’t declared yet, but I think I am going to major in Global Health and Chemistry, with a possible minor in some sort of journalism. Books aside, I am on the Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams here, and am involved with Green Devils, which works to make Duke more sustainable (don’t let me catch you purchasing a plastic water bottle). I am a huge family person, and love spending time with my four younger brothers, one miniature dachshund, and parents whenever I can. At Duke in my free time, you could probably find me spending time with friends, play piano, or baking (usually either chocolate chip pumpkin bread or biscuits). I came to Duke worried about maintaining my faith, but quickly found a fantastic community to share my journey with. The people at the DCC have definitely helped me to grow in my faith through their willingness to reach out, connect, and be there for you. I don’t know where I would be without the DCC! I hope to be able to be able to walk, learn, and grow with people on their own faith journeys, as people in the DCC did (and are still doing) with me.
Hey there! My name is John Balletta, and I am a second-year law student at Duke from northern New Jersey. I was lucky enough to learn about the DCC after a 9 PM Mass in my first month of school, and before I knew it I was making friends and deepening my relationship with Jesus beyond my expectations. Of course, that includes in small group, which I soon joined and now find myself leading! Going to and encountering Jesus in small group is an amazing stabilizer and blessing to the hectic life of a Duke grad student. When I am not stuck in the law school with work, I might be walking around the Al Buehler trail, watching or researching baseball, or playing Super Smash Bros. (new challengers welcome). I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Student Directors for 2018
Directors of Liturgy
Hey everyone! I’m Michelle, a Pratt junior from Laguna Beach, California. I’m majoring in civil/structural engineering with an intended architecture certificate and political science minor. Outside the classroom, I love tenting in K-Ville, watching too much reality TV, and ordering Sushi Love at exactly 8pm. I’m also involved in Bass Connections research on Catholic campus ministries. I started in DCC ministry as a leader on Beach Weekend and small group leader, and transitioned into liturgy last year. I’m very excited to continue my liturgy ministry this year with a great group of student leaders!
My name is Gregory Blazek, I am a proud Texan hailing from Dallas and I am a current Junior studying Biology and Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, looking to enter medical school after graduation. On top of my love for family and friends (and the occasional spontaneous adventure), I am a loyal member of the Duke University Marching Band and can be seen either cheering from the stands in sporting events, playing on the football field, or “surfing” with the Blue Devil on Coach K court. I came to Duke looking to put all my energy in academics and studying, but I am pleased that God has put people in my life who’ve shown me the importance of pursuing Christ first and foremost. I hope to expand on the Catholic ministry as a student director and guide myself and others closer to a relationship with the Eucharist. Peace and prayers.
Director of Peer Outreach
Hi friend! My name is Katherine Haley, and I am a Junior here at Duke majoring in English (although my semester abroad in Rome has me craving a degree in gastronomy). I love reading Jane Austen and writing Creative Fiction. I am a YoungLife volunteer and lead a bible study of Middle School girls at Durham Academy, and also work for a ministry in Raleigh called Hope Reins where I hang out with lots of wonderful children and horses. On campus, I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Catholic Center’s Student Director for Peer Outreach and Beach Weekend. I am so excited to be a Student Director this year. All of my deepest friendships and greatest memories at Duke have been formed in the Catholic Center, and so I am so excited to give back to the community that has given me so much.
Director of Tuesday Night Dinners
I’m Annie Janick, and I’m a junior from South Carolina majoring in neuroscience. I’ve been a part of the TNDream Team since my sophomore year and can often be found cooking (and eating!) in the FAH kitchen. Outside of the DCC, I’ve understood / am still understanding the gift of food and hospitality of table fellowship through involvement with Reality Ministries’ Reality Cafe and time with a Catholic Worker farm community. If you ever have TND suggestions or want to talk about food and/or faith, please reach out! I’ll cook for you 🙂
Director of Service and Development
My name is Katherine Morawa, and I am from Woodstock, Georgia. I am a junior studying psychology and education. In the fall, I will be entering into the teacher prep program, and I hope to become an elementary school teacher when I graduate. My whole life I’ve been really passionate about serving God by serving others. Through Encounter and volunteering at a nursing home, I found a way to serve God, the DCC community, and the Durham community as a whole. By continuing to volunteer through Encounter, the DCC has become a huge part of my Duke experience, and I have been able to dive deeper in my relationship with Christ. I hope that I can continue to serve God and our community through Encounter and that I can help others do so too!
Director of Lecture Series
Hey! I’m Arthur Wu, an economics major from Hong Kong. I’ve been involved in campus ministry since I’ve stepped foot on campus, whether with small groups or worship services or retreats. I’m now happy to help educatemy fellow Dukies about the faith through the Lecture Series, and hope to cultivate conversation and dialogue on Catholic teaching, ethics, philosophy and lived experience!
Director of Music Ministry
Hello! My name is Dylan Tamayo, a junior from Long Island studying neuroscience on a pre-med track. Though I had been playing instruments such as piano and cello for years before coming to Duke, the Music Ministry was really where I first began using my talents to give praise and glory to God. My faith has not only been transformed as a result of my experiences in the Duke Catholic Center, but I have also grown tremendously, made lifelong friends, and found my place on Duke’s campus. I’m always down to talk about music (and/or pre-med advice or just life in general!), so hit me up if you’re ever want to grab a meal, get some music recommendations, or play some praise and worship songs together!
Director of Small Groups
Hey! I’m Audrey, a junior from Spartanburg, South Carolina studying mechanical engineering. Joining a small group my freshman year really helped me develop my personal relationship with Jesus, and I enjoyed getting to share that experience with others as a facilitator over the past 3 years! Now I’m excited to assist the small group leaders in their ministry and help take some of the logistical work off of their hands so they can focus on ministering to others. Aside from helping with small groups, I also am a proud member of the DCC’s music ministry and I enjoy building up the community and helping them get to know Christ!