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Staff Applications are now open for BA #16!!

BA 16 will be March 23-25, 2017 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 21. These meetings are important and mandatory for all staff.

Applications will close on Friday, November 17 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). Be patient as we work to choose the staff:

  1. Co/Rec applicants will be screened and Co/Rec chosen Sunday, November 19.
  2. New Co/Rec will review apps and choose Staff Heads by Friday, Dec. 1.
  3. Staff Heads will notify staffs by Friday, Dec. 8, noon.

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!


Olivia Schindler

Coordinator |

Major: Elementary Education

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: Having been extremely involved in my home parish’s youth group throughout high school, I knew I wanted to become involved at St. Tom’s upon coming to Purdue. Through Mass, IGNITE, spring break mission trips, and of course, after attending Boiler Awakening my second semester of freshman year, I met some of the most incredible people and am so thankful to be surrounded by the indescribable community at St. Tom’s.

Favorite Bible Verse: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Fun Fact: I have had dinner with Taylor Swift and her family!!!

Bio: After living in the Washington D.C. area my entire life, I ended up all the way in Indiana to attend my amazing parent’s alma mater and couldn’t be happier. I have three world-changing siblings who are my best friends, and my family currently lives in Montreal, Quebec. I am a senior studying Elementary Education with a minor in Global Studies and cannot wait to be a teacher and change the world one student at a time.


Ryan Hester


Major: Accounting

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: Far from being involved with my faith when I entered Purdue, I was fortunate enough to be convinced to attend Boiler Awakening second semester freshman year. “BA” first and foremost opened my eyes to the beauty of the Catholic faith, and secondly showed me a glimpse of the unbelievable faith community at St Toms. Afterwards, I attended a Spring Break mission trip, where I met some of my favorite people at Purdue. Needless to say, I was hooked.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Fun Fact: I’ve spent time in Spain and Colombia and am fluent in Spanish.

Bio: I was born and raised by Boilermakers in a tiny Indiana town where the main attraction is the “Amish Store”. I have two incredibly
supportive parents, and equally supportive and loving sisters – one older and one younger – who are also Boilermakers (ILovePurdueALot). I plan to graduate this coming May, and to pursue a career in business. Nothing makes me happier than helping others grow in knowledge or understanding of the Catholic faith, so please reach out to me if I can help in some way!