The Congregation of the Oratory
Father Michael Darcy
Fr. Michael was born in Middletown, NY. He came to The Oratory in 1997 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2002. Fr. Michael serves the
Oratory community as Provost. Fr. Michael earned his Doctorate of Theology from Duquesne University and is particularly interested in the thought of René Girard, a contemporary anthropologist and his theory of sacrifice and the Eucharist.
Father Joshua Kibler
Fr. Joshua came to the Oratory from East Stroudsburg, PA in the summer of 2005 and was ordained to the Priesthood with Fr. Stephen in May of 2009. Fr. Joshua serves the community as vice-provost. When Fr. Joshua is not meeting with students or planning the next student gathering, he still enjoys a good game of racquetball or soccer, and watching the Pirates struggle towards glory.
Father Stephen Lowery
Fr. Stephen has come the farthest, from Alabama, and has resided at the Oratory since 2007. Fr. Stephen serves the community as a Campus Minister. In his free time, Fr. Stephen enjoys editing the digital photos taken of campus ministry events, as well as watching an occasional classic movie.
Father Peter Gruber
Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Peter serves as the Director of Campus Ministry for the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. He's been a priest for five years and is a big fan of St. John Henry Newman and St. Therese. The eighth in a family of fourteen, Fr. Peter has spent pretty much his whole life in Pittsburgh. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his 40 (and counting) nephews and nieces and woodworking, but not usually at the same time.
Father Reed Frey
Fr. Reed is the third of four children in his family, originally from Lancaster County, PA. He completed his B.Phil. in Politics-Philosophy & Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, where his thesis focused on the personalist thought of the brilliant 19th century Oratorian, Cardinal Newman. Fr. Reed enjoys exercise, being outdoors and studying the history
of philosophy. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 2021.
Father Thomas Skamai
Campus Minister/ Hospital Chaplain
Fr. Thomas is from Rural Valley, PA, a small town located about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, which is as quaint and beautiful as the name suggests. Ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 2022, Fr. Thomas serves as a campus minister for our universities and as a hospital chaplain at St. Margaret’s in Aspinwall. Although his skills are noticeably waning, Fr. Thomas still enjoys playing nearly any sport he can get involved with.
Brother Leo Dornan
Br. Leo grew up in Holly Springs, North Carolina, the second oldest of seven children. Br. Leo earned a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Pittsburgh and is currently studying at Mount St. Mary's Seminary. In his free time Br. Leo will never turn down a chance to play soccer or spend time outside.
Brother Kurt Kessler