Boiler Awakening

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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 18 will take place March 22-24, 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 heartwarming 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 January 28th at 9 pm.

Update – Female registration has reached capacity and is now closed!

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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!


Jack Semler


Major: Finance and Management

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I was encouraged by family and friends to get involved at St. Toms while at Purdue. I was blessed to be able to go on Boiler Awakening my first semester sophomore year. That experience has helped myself grow in my faith and involvement with St. Toms. I have staffed Boiler Awakening ever since and have been staff head twice. I have also gotten involved in other ministries, including IGNITE. Being involved at St. Toms has truly been a great experience during my time at Purdue. It has allowed me to deepen my faith, sharpen my leaderships skills and foster relationship with other amazing Purdue Catholic students

Favorite Bible Verse: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Pslam 27:1

Fun Fact: I have been to all 50 states.

Bio: I was born and raised in Carmel, Indiana. I am the oldest of six children. I come from a large loving family, where I have over 50 cousins. My favorite thing in the world is spending time with all of my family. Growing up, I attended catholic schools, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Theodore Guerin Catholic High School. This experience laid the foundation of my faith as I was actively involved with the youth groups and the Knights of the Holy Temple. I develop my love for sports and outdoors as well as I played football and wrestled and became and Eagle Scout. Purdue has always been my dream school. Following the footsteps over 30 family members. I am proud to able graduate in May 2019 with a degree in Finance and Management. Beside being involved at St. Toms, I am a part of Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji), Gimlet Leadership Honorary, Purdue Alumni Association, and the Financial Management Association.


Amy Paluch


Major: Multidisciplinary Engineering concentration in Theater Engineering, Minor: Anthropology

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I had stopped going to mass prior to coming to Purdue. A few months into our freshman year, my best friend asked me if I wanted to go to mass with her. There was a bit of a miscommunication, because once I arrived, she abandoned me to go sing in the choir. This turned out to be a blessing as I attended mass alone in the congregation for about a year relearning how to appreciate catholic mass. After going on BA13 she recruited me to play flute for the choir, and I truly formed a community at St. Tom’s. Now, when I am in the congregation, I sit with friends that I’ve met through Music Ministry, Sunday Night Dinners, and Boiler Awakening.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time” Revelations 12:12

Fun Fact: I unintentionally stared in a college play by “playing” a Styrofoam Helicopter. Thankfully my stardom ends there – I prefer to be behind the scenes.

Bio: I’ve lived in Houston, Texas my entire life except for my time at Purdue, hence my tendency to say “Y’all.” I’ve been volunteering since before I can remember, building sets since the 4th grade, and loving dogs since birth. I grew up fostering Newfoundlands (a large dog breed weighing 120-160 lbs on average) with my family. Coming to Purdue in fall of 2015, I didn’t really have a faith life, but God put some amazing people into my life and I got confirmed in the Catholic faith in spring of 2017!! I am happy to say that my life has changed for the better and I am now an active member of the St. Tom’s community. You can catch me playing flute at 7pm mass on Sundays and helping lead Boiler Awakening as BA18’s Rector. I am so excited to serve my community in this role and hope to see y’all there!