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. 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 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
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 Peter Gruber
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.
Father Reed Frey
Father 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. Father Reed enjoys exercise, being outdoors and studying the history of philosophy. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 2021.
Rev. Br. Thomas Skamai
Brother Thomas is from Rural Valley, PA, a small town located about an hour outside of Pittsburgh. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently studying at Mount St. Mary's Seminary. He enjoys reading the lives of the saints and playing nearly any sport he can get involved in. Brother Thomas was ordained to the diaconate on
May 29, 2021.
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.