Parish Council


The Parish Pastoral Council of St. Thomas Aquinas is a group of 6 resident parishioners and 6 student parishioners, whom represent the whole parish community. They help in the decisions that must be made by the pastor in regards to liturgy, education, social service, evangelization, social justice, mission activity, family life, communications, ecumenism and administration in compliance with the universal church law, diocesan statues, and civil law. To learn more about the Parish Pastoral Council, look over the By-Laws or review the Strategic Plan. Also, feel free to contact the Parish Pastoral Council at ppc@boilercatholics.org.

Bob Konkel

Resident Parishioner
President | bobkonkel@yahoo.com

Hello, my name is Bob Konkel. I attended Purdue University and was a student parishioner at St. Tom’s the 70’s. After graduating, I worked in a variety of positions in Indianapolis, Wichita, KS, Columbus, OH Batesville, IN and Cary, NC and I was a part of some great parishes. Five years ago I moved back to the Lafayette area and I am currently employed as a manager at Donaldson in Rensselaer, IN. I have spent the last twenty years as a member of the Knights of Columbus and I have been the Grand Knight at two councils. As a District Deputy for the Indiana Knights of Columbus, I helped establish the college council here at St. Tom’s and my son Nick is the 2013 Grand Knight. I am married to Rozanna Redmond and have three children and two grandchildren.

I look forward to leading the Pastoral Parish Council. Please feel free to contact me about any concerns you have about St. Tom’s parish.

Sarah Kramer

Student Parishioner
Vice-President | kramer5@purdue.edu

I am a junior in Civil Engineering, emphasizing in structural engineering. I am from the small town of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, near the Greater Cincinnati area. In high school, I helped organized youth retreats because I enjoyed sharing my faith with those around me. I have been a student parishioner at St. Tom’s for 3 years and loved every minute of it! One of the things that I love most about St. Tom’s is how much student involvement it allows. I volunteer in teaching religious education on Sundays through LifeGuides and help staff the Boiler Awakening retreats, which are both student led. St. Tom’s has also given me the opportunity of traveling to Haiti for my first mission trip. Through St. Tom’s, I have been given so many opportunities to broaden my faith that I feel it is only necessary to give back to it. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, feel free to contact me anytime.

Randy Studt

Resident Parishioner
Secretary | gnwmann@aol.com

Randy is single, lives in Lafayette and teaches German at West Lafayette High School. He converted to Catholicism in 1987 and was very active in his first parish, St. Joe’s in Reynolds, Indiana serving as CCD teacher, DRE, Parish council member, Secretary and in the ministries of lector and Eucharistic Minister. He started teaching at North White High School in Monon, and has been at WLHS for the past nine years. He is active in many community and statewide organizations including Civic Theatre, the Lafayette Human Relations Commission and his professional organization, ISTA and WLEA.

He joined St. Tom’s in 1998, when he moved to Lafayette. In the past few years, he has served as altar server, lector and extraordinary minister, and has volunteered in many capacities. As a resident parishioner who is also involved in student ministries, he has a unique perspective. In his precious spare time, he enjoys heated political discussion, biking and hanging out with friends. You can find him at his office away from home – Grey House.

Guadalupe E. Acosta-Roberts

Resident Parishioner
lupitaroberts@gmail.com

I was born in Lafayette and soon thereafter my family and I moved back to Mexico where my father returned to teach at his alma mater in Saltillo, Coahuila. I lived with my parents, but we visited West Lafayette several times a year while my older siblings were attending Purdue. Growing up, we lived in Mexico, Nigeria, Uganda, Thailand and Columbia. So much time living abroad instilled me with a love of learning about new cultures and to appreciate all of God’s diverse glory.

In 1993, I attended Purdue and after completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Women’s Studies, I moved to Chicago to pursue graduate school. I lived in Chicago from 1998 – 2003 and completed the Social Service Administration Master’s program at the University of Chicago in 2000. I enjoyed working as Social Services Director for a Legal Aid office in Evanston and then working with wards of the state within the Chicago Public Schools through Youth Guidance.

Education and Social Justice have always been a passion of mine and I continue that work at Purdue now as a staff member. I have been with the College of Liberal Arts since 2004 where I advised students until 2010 when I transitioned to Student Diversity Initiatives Director; supporting recruitment and retention efforts of underrepresented and first generation students within the College.

I joined St. Thomas when I returned to the area in 2003 and my husband Stephen and I have been parishioners since then. We have been blessed with three beautiful children. They have been enriched by the Sunday school program and look forward to it every week. Our oldest Coco started school at St. Mary’s this past fall and loves it!

I look forward to serving God and our parish as a member of the PPC. Please feel free to contact me.

“Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.” – St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Marie Catherine Dubé

Student Parishioner
mdube@purdue.edu

I am a senior undergoing my second year in the Industrial Design program. Originally from Quebec, Canada, I grew up primarily in Coldwater, Michigan. Home outside of West Lafayette is now Goose Creek, South Carolina (near Charleston). I began my faith journey at St. Tom’s with St. Tom’s Outreach when I was a freshman, along with a PCE retreat. I couldn’t get enough, and now four years later I am now a St. Tom’s Outreach leader and have staffed every Boiler Awakening retreat. Outside of St. Tom’s activities, design and art are my absolute passion, and God is my life! I love everything about St. Tom’s and am humbled to deepen my involvement by having been chosen to be on Parish Council!

Lauri Mitchell

Resident Parishioner
lamitchell424@gmail.com

I graduated from Purdue in May 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education and now am a fifth grade teacher at Klondike Elementary School. I grew up in the Lafayette area and went to McCutcheon High School, and I became involved at St. Tom’s at the end of my sophomore year at Purdue. When I began attending Campus Renew and Fourth Day each week, I truly started to take ownership of my faith for the first time in my life; I have completely fallen in love with my family at St. Tom’s and have learned more about myself and Catholicism through my involvement here than I ever could have imagined. During my time at Purdue, I became involved in several ministries and missions, including Campus Renew leadership, Boiler Awakening staff, coordinating Fourth Day, LUM tutoring, religious education, spring break and Haiti missions, ESTEEM, and staring the freshman retreat.

Currently, I am involved in Parish Council and Haiti Committee and am enjoying having opportunities to get to know more resident parishioners and finding ways to serve others. I feel very blessed to have a job so close to home that has allowed me to continue to learn and grow through St. Tom’s.

Jordan Leising

Hi! I’m Jordan Leising and a Junior in Industrial Engineering here at Purdue. I’m from the small town of Bluffton, IN, just south of Ft. Wayne, IN. I’ve been involved with St. Tom’s for most of my time here at Purdue in an array of ministries. I have been a part of ministries such as MARK tutoring, Lifeguides, New Student Overnighter, PCS Sports, and Boiler Awakening. Outside of the church, I serve on the Purdue Student Government Senate, Educational Policy Committee, Engineering Student Council, Engineering President’s Council, IE Ambassadors, and Institute of Industrial Engineering. In my free time, I love to root on the Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Reds, and the Brooklyn Nets. I love serving on the Parish Council and would love to talk to others in the St. Tom’s community, so don’t hesitate to contact me!

Joel Lugo

Resident Parishioner
jlugo07@hotmail.com

I graduated from Purdue in May of 2012 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. I was fortunate enough to find a job here in West Lafayette where I could be close to my home of Noblesville, IN but still continue my involvement with St. Tom’s. I first became involved with St. Tom’s my freshman year at Purdue when I went on a spring break mission trip to New Orleans. I fell in love with the service and fellowship I experienced on that trip and spent the rest of my spring breaks participating on mission trips; New Orleans again; Nazareth Farm, West Virginia; and Pensacola, Florida. I was privileged my senior year to be able to go on the winter break trip to Baudin, Haiti. Since graduation I have found a home with CALL 20/30 and enjoy the companionship and spirituality the group has to share. St. Tom’s fostered my spiritual and personal growth as an undergraduate. I hope as a member of the Parish Council I am able to continue that fostering for future student parishioners as well as develop my relationship with the resident parishioners of the church.

Katie Canarecci

Hello and welcome to St Toms. My name is Katie Canarecci, and I am a resident parishioner representative for the Parish Council. I am a native of Lafayette, Indiana, but left the area to go to university and begin my teaching career in northern Kentucky. I have a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in English from the University of Evansville and a Masters of Library Science from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. Currently, I am teaching American Literature and Public Speaking at Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School. When I returned to Lafayette to begin teaching at CC, I made the decision to attend St. Toms for two important reasons. First is my dedication to the ministry of college aged Catholics. While attending university, the Newman Centers played a really important role in my faith formation. It was my home away from home, a security blanket of friends and fun, and a safe place to grow and challenge my faith. I would not be who I am as a teacher or Catholic if it was not for those experiences. The second reason is St. Tom’s take on liturgy. Why would I want to attend a church with minimal decorations, bare walls and a concrete floor? You see, our “church” decorates the church. Singing and praying as a community transforms the bare space. Come to a Mass and find out!