The Congregation of the Oratory
Father David Abernethy
The Secular Oratory
Fr. David is from Johnstown PA and a convert to Catholicism through the Oratory from the time of his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a member of the Oratory since 1987. Fr. David has done continuing studies in clinical counseling and is currently completing his studies in Psychoanalysis. Fr. David has a particular interest in Eastern Christian spiritual writings, notably the Fathers of the Philokalia.
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 and as a Campus Minister.
Fr. Michael recently 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 and as a campus minister for Pitt, CMU, and Chatham. When Father 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
Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Stephen has come the farthest, from Alabama, and has resided at The Oratory since 2007. Fr. Stephen serves the community as the Director of Campus Ministry. In his free time, Father Stephen enjoys editing the digital photos taken of campus ministry events, as well as watching an occasional classic movie.
Father Paul Werley
Chaplain of the Secular Oratory
Father Paul is a native of Pittsburgh and has been residing at the Oratory since 2008. He was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2016 and assists the community by offering Mass, hearing confessions and serving the Secular Oratory. In his free time Fr. Paul enjoys reading, running and squirrel-taming.
Father Peter Gruber
Campus Minister |
Minister of Rednal
Father Peter is from Whitehall in the South Hills of Pittsburgh where he grew up as the eighth of fourteen children. Father Peter became a full member of The Oratory in May of 2014 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 2017.
Brother Reed Frey
Br. Reed is the third of four children in his family, originally from Lancaster County, PA. He recently 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. Br. Reed enjoys exercise, being outdoors and studying the history of philosophy.
Brother Thomas Skamai
Br. Thomas is from Rural Valley, PA, a small town located about an hour outside of Pittsburgh. He recently earned his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. As a novice at the Oratory, he assists in various tasks and is studying the history and spirituality of the community. He enjoys reading the lives of the saints and playing nearly any sport he can get involved in.
Brother Leo Dornan
Br. Leo grew up in Holly Springs, North Carolina, the second oldest of seven children. A recent graduate of Pitt, Br. Leo is thrilled to spend his novitiate learning more about the Oratory and its rich spiritual tradition, and to enter more deeply into community life. In his free time Br. Leo will never turn down a chance to play soccer or spend time outside.
Br. Kurt was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pa. He is the youngest of three children. Br. Kurt recently earned his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. While there, he lived in "The Fratican" - a Newman Center affiliated Catholic Men's house. Br. Kurt enjoys studying the spirituality and history of Saint Philip and the Oratory as well as getting involved in campus ministry events. He loves all Pittsburgh Sports, especially the Pens, as winter is his favorite season, and ice skating his favorite activity.
Brother Kurt Kessler
Br. Mark was born and raised in Pittsburgh and proud of it. He went to North Allegheny High School before attending the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy. When Br. Mark isn’t busy doing novice stuff, he enjoys singing, biking, and discussing philosophy and theology over a beer. Languages include: English, Pittsburghese.
Brother Mark Littlefield