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Staff Applications are now open for BA #18!!

BA 18 will be March 22-24, 2019 at Central Catholic High School.

As a member of the staff, you will be expected to attend preparation meetings for at least six, up to eight, weeks prior to the retreat on Sunday nights after 7pm Mass, starting January 20.  

These meetings are important and mandatory for all staff.

Applications will close on Wednesday, November 28 at 11:59pm

You will find the application on the BA Alumni Facebook page. Email us ( if you do not have access to Facebook.

Please read over the application and information carefully, and prayerfully consider how God might be calling you to serve on particular staff(s).

Please be patient as we work to choose the staff:

  1. Co/Rec applicants will be screened and Co/Rec chosen by Sunday, December 2.
  2. New Co/Rec will review apps and choose Staff Heads by Friday, December 7.
  3. Staff Heads will notify staffs by Wednesday, December 12, noon.

Boiler Awakening is a retreat experience like none other, bringing you closer to Christ, your faith goals and the St. Thomas Aquinas community. Boiler Awakening is a 3 day event starting on Friday evening and continuing until Sunday morning. Boiler Awakening 17 will take place November 2-4, 2018. The retreat is hosted at Lafayette Central Catholic, just across the river from Purdue, and is an overnight prayerful and peace filled retreat experience (over Friday and Saturday night). Boiler Awakening is a great opportunity for new students to grad students alike and is truly a heart warming weekend that brings such a strong but loving reminder of God’s presence in our life. Please reach out to if you have any questions, retreat applications will open on October 1st at 12 am.

Boiler Awakening is a student-led, Catholic awakening retreat welcoming of college students seeking to strengthen their relationship with Christ. We strive to contribute our gifts and talents and to empower student leaders in order to assist participants in perpetually owning their faith and enflaming a life-long passion for involvement in the faith community.

Boiler Awakening is designed for all college-age students (undergraduate and graduate) from Purdue University and the surrounding area. The retreat begins Friday afternoon, at St. Tom’s and concludes Sunday afternoon. Boiler Awakening is held at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette. The weekend includes a variety of talks, activities and reflection designed to allow each retreater to be “awakened” to the Holy Spirit within him or her. The retreat concludes Sunday with the “source and summit” of our Catholic faith, the celebration of the Mass.

This retreat is held twice a year – once each in the Fall and Spring. There will be an “Application” week each semester. A link for online applications will be made available on this page. There is a small cost of $45 to participate in Boiler Awakening. This fee covers lodging, great meals, and an entire weekend of fun. If you need financial assistance, don’t hesitate to e-mail No student should miss out on Awakening due to financial strain.

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Meet our Boiler Awakening Coordinator and Rector!


Becca Zatkulak

Coordinator |

Major:  Special Education: Mild Intervention P-12

How I got involved at St. Tom’s:  I am very blessed that when I first came to Purdue, my older brother was a Junior here and encouraged me to get involved at Saint Tom’s right away. I was given the chance to attend Boiler Awakening during my very first semester and from there, I was able to go on two spring break mission trips (Pensacola, FL and Jonestown, Mississippi) and have enjoyed participating in IGNITE and attending Theology on Tap since then. All of these opportunities have allowed me to continue to grow in my faith during my time at Purdue and I credit that all to my Awakening experience.  

Favorite Bible Verse:  “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 

Fun Fact: I come from a family of 7 and none of us have a middle name.

Bio:  I was born and raised in Carmel, IN but have been given the wonderful opportunity to travel around the world. Back in the summer of 2014, I went on my first mission trip to Brazil, South America where I spent 3 summers working with at-risk youth and was able to travel on a study abroad trip to Tanzania, Africa in the summer of 2017. These two experiences plus growing up with four fabulous siblings have shaped me into the outgoing and Jesus loving person that I am today. I will be finishing up my time at Purdue after student teaching in the Spring of 2019 and cannot wait to see the plan that God has for my future, wherever that may be. I have loved getting to grow in my faith in the Saint Tom’s community and cannot wait to be the Coordinator for BA 17!! 


Adam Wehrman


Major: Interdisciplinary Agriculture, Minor: Crop Science

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: My first experience with St. Tom’s was attending mass with my BGR group on a Holy Day during the first week of classes of my freshman year, as well as going to Sunday night dinners. A few of those friends got me involved in an IGNITE group a year later for two semesters, before they convinced me to go on Boiler Awakening 13. After my first BA, I was hooked and continued to staff up to now. Through all of this, I’ve come to know St. Tom’s as a community where I can share my faith with others.

Favorite Bible Verse: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23

Fun Fact: I make in upwards of 50+ lbs of Peanut Brittle every year for friends and family using an old family recipe.

Bio: I was raised on a small farm in a German Catholic community in northwest Ohio. From a young age, I came to love the outdoors and farming (I spent a lot of time with my grandparents, who also lived on our farm). I later joined the Boy Scouts in 2006, became and Eagle Scout, and am a very active member to this day. I graduated from Minster High School in 2013, and came to Purdue that fall, expecting to major in Computer Engineering. After a few switches, I’ll be graduating in December in Agriculture, specializing in Agronomy and crop science. I hope to further my education in graduate school next spring. In my free time, I enjoy camping, cooking, farming, and spending time with my family and girlfriend. I’m incredibly excited to serve as Rector of BA 17, and to serve Christ in bringing the best possible experience to the retreatants of Boiler Awakening 17!