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Ignite groups are small faith communities which meet weekly on and off campus. After reading the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel, we discuss, reflect on and apply the Word of God to our daily lives. Ignite provides a medium for people of all levels of faith to find support, challenge themselves, and bring one another closer to Christ.

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Weekly Meetings

Starbucks (3rd Street) – Tuesday at 5:00pm
Rachel Barnes and Rachel Tat

Honors South Lounge- Monday at 5:30pm
Phillip Harter

Earhart/Shreve – Wednesday at 7:30pm
Julia Kuhn and Kate Henry

Owen – Tuesday at 7:30pm
Marcus Lyons

Acres / Alpha Chi Omega – Monday at 7:30
Megan Geraghty and Madison McMahon

McCutcheon / Hillenbrand / Harrison – Wednesday at 7:30pm
Morgan McMahon and Grace Anne Dimmitt

Jackie’s Apartment – Wednesday at 7:45pm
Jackie Myers

Meredith – Tuesday at 7:00pm
Lauren Miller and Julie Frazzeta

Bilingual at St. Tom’s – Sunday at 3:30pm
Isabella Motta and Elena Almendares

Krannert – Tuesday at 7:30pm
Will Feeks

St. Toms
Katie Nagy and Naveen Breen

Cary Quad – Monday at 7:00pm
Will Oberndorfer and Jack Haddad

St. Toms – Thursday at 8:00pm
Claire Sale, Steven Null, and Van Poole

Hawkins – Wednesday at 6:30pm
Thomas Southam and Nick Riedel

Corec – Tuesday at 7:30pm
Caleb King and Austin Bauman

Gina’s Aptartment – Time and Day TBA
Maryanne Gillen and Gina Solomito

Windsor – Tuesday at 7:30pm
Rachel Wood and Becca Fillip

Wiley – Monday at 6:30pm
Alicia Verde and Tori Givens

Brother’s – Tuesday at 8:00pm
Madison Trout and James Shaw

Tarkington – Monday at 7:00pm
Pietro Stroik and Rich Lopez

Maria’s Apartment – Monday at 8:00pm
Maria Stiens and Paul Fuchs


May I join an Ignite group partway through the semester?
Of course! Anyone is welcome at any time, and newcomers are always appreciated. Discussion is based on the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel, so each week is a new experience.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend Ignite?
Of course not! The beauty of the Gospels is that they speak to everyone across time. We’d love to hear your interpretation of God’s Word.

If I cannot make it to the Ignite in my dorm, may I attend another group?
Of course! Ignites meet at varying times and locations in order for everyone to attend the group which best fits his or her schedule and circumstances.

What is the structure of a typical Ignite?
Every meeting starts with prayer and the reading of the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel. The leader(s) will facilitate the discussion with questions based on the reading. At the end of the hour, the meeting closes with prayer and fellowship.


Meet our Ignite Coordinators!


Madison Trout

Ignite Coordinator | trout2@purdue.edu

Major: Actuarial Science and Applied Statistics

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I was heavily involved in my high school’s youth group, and wanted to continue that in college. I started by going to the Ignite group that met in Shreve, and realized these were the people I wanted to be around. I went on the New Student Overnighter, came to Sunday Night Dinners, and attended Boiler Awakening fall of my freshman year. I got roped in to the many wonderful ministries and people St. Tom’s has, and haven’t looked back since.

Favorite Bible Verse: Mark 1:7 “And this is what he proclaimed: ‘One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.'”

Fun Fact: I have 3 screws in my right leg and I set off airport metal detectors.

Bio: I was raised as a cradle Catholic in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Cleveland (the best city to ever exist even though Lebron left) when I was 13. I did gymnastics for 15 years, and was very involved in my parish’s Lifeteen program, where I learned about Catholicism and what makes it so unique. I came to Purdue and began to intentionally live my faith. God carries me through the ups and downs of every day, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the people in my life He has blessed me with. Also I’m in love with coffee, elite gymnastics, and crocheting, so if you ever want to talk about those things (or quite literally anything else), I’d love to chat!


William Feeks

Ignite Coordinator | wfeeks@purdue.edu

Major: Management & Marketing, Krannert 2021

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I wasn’t terribly involved at St Tom’s my freshman year. I started attending daily mass as frequently as I could as part of my Lenten practice second semester of that year, but that was about the extent of my involvement. In the fall of my sophomore year, one of the leaders of Purdue Catholic Men introduced himself to me and invited me to come to some of their events. I started attending these events and began to make some more friends at St Toms. In the spring, I got involved with an Ignite group and fell in love with St Toms and the Christ-centered friendships I was developing. I now spend about 80% of my time on campus at St Toms, whether it’s attending daily mass, adoration, or pretending to study in the basement where I’m usually found to be distracting others and myself from schoolwork.

Favorite Bible Verse: Luke 23:42-43, Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’

Bio: I am from South Bend, IN (technically Mishawaka, but most people have never heard of Mishawaka, so I found it easier to say South Bend). I have five older siblings and five nieces and nephews (so far). I have always been Catholic and I always said it was something very important to my identity, but my actions (or lack thereof) were speaking louder than those words. I was what I like to call a “drive-through Catholic”. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I really started to take ownership and responsibility of my faith, in large part to the community and anchorage I found at St Toms. Fun facts: Big Notre Dame football guy, love country music, and in eighth grade my basketball coach motivated me to get more rebounds by offering to buy me steak. I got 19 rebounds that game despite averaging about 5 in every other game.


Becca Fillip

Ignite Coordinator | rfillip@purdue.edu

Major: Marketing

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: At the beginning of my freshman year, a friend invited me to come to the Windsor Ignite. I quickly became friends with that group of amazing girls, and our weekly meetings and long chats became the highlight of my week! That Ignite group really made me feel like home, and it opened me up to many other opportunities at St. Toms like Boiler Awakening, adoration, and more! I am so grateful for all the amazing friends I’ve met through St. Toms!

Favorite Bible Verse: John 13:1 – “He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.”

Fun Fact: I have a twin brother!

Bio: I grew up in Westfield, Indiana and spent most of my time playing sports, specifically, basketball and lacrosse. I attended Guerin Catholic High School, and I was so blessed to be a part of a community that encouraged me to dive deeper into my faith. I’m currently a junior at Purdue, and in addition to being an Ignite Coordinator, I’m in Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity. After I graduate, I hope to work for a non-profit doing marketing and development. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about St. Toms, Purdue, or if you’d just like to chat!


Marcus Lyons

Ignite Coordinator | lyons61@purdue.edu

Major: Civil Engineering

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I went on Boiler Awakening 17, then joined an Ignite group.

Favorite Bible Verse: Job 9:4 – “God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;
who has withstood him and remained whole?”

Bio: I was raised Christian in beautiful Tulsa, Oklahoma. I enjoy long runs, reading, making and listening to music, and, most of all, living out a Catholic life alongside my friends at St. Tom’s. I became Catholic my senior year of high school, and I haven’t looked back. Ignite has been one of the most important parts of my faith formation during my time at Purdue, and I know it can – and will – become an important part of yours also.