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Welcome Purdue Catholic Students!

Empowered by the Spirit, Purdue Catholic Students strives to promote an active Catholic lifestyle for students at Purdue University.

By actively living the gospel, Purdue Catholic Students is committed to building our faith community, sharing our faith, strengthening our Christian conscience, working for justice and facilitating the personal development of leaders for the future.

In order to fulfill our mission we strive to:

  • Foster a sense of fellowship by encouraging participation in ministry and activities
  • Provide opportunities for spiritual growth and deepening the understanding of God’s word, including its application through social justice
  • Provide a link between Purdue student parishioners and resident parishioners
  • Offer opportunities for community service
  • And facilitate an on-going integration of faith in our daily life

We call our membership to carry out its commitment in a respectful and joyful manner, consistent with the Gospel, seeking to be a visible, active and welcoming organization for all students.

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Meet our PCS Officers


Morgan Hierlmaier

President of Purdue Catholic Students | mhierlma@purdue.edu

Major: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

How I got involved at St. Tom’s:
My freshman year I attended an Ignite group and got to know some awesome seniors who gave me the motivation to really pursue my faith. I started attending Wednesday night mass, daily masses, and adoration frequently. I’ve served PCS as an ignite leader, and as the secretary of PCS. Now, you can find me at St. Tom’s most days.

Favorite Bible Verse: Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25

I’m from Apple Valley Minnesota (you betcha) and I’m an avid Wild hockey fan. I have three younger siblings who I love spending time with. I’m in Air Force ROTC and I’m looking forward to commissioning as an officer when I graduate. I love playing all sports especially soccer. I enjoy spending time with the St. Tom’s community, and most of all I love talking about the real stuff in life.


David Bergsma

Vice President and Treasurer of Purdue Catholic Students | dbergsma@purdue.edu

Major: Doctor of Pharmacy program

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I went on NSO my freshman year and met a lot of wonderful people in the St. Tom’s community. I was encouraged by many people to attend Boiler Awakening that fall, and decided to go. Boiler Awakening 9: Transformed by His Love was just the thing I needed to kickstart my spiritual life in college, and I’ve been a staff member on every awakening since!

Favorite Bible Verse: “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I lack. In green pastures you let me graze, to safe waters you lead me; you restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name. Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage.” Psalm 23:1-4

Bio: I was was born in Lansing, Michigan on a Wednesday in May. I spent about 7 years of my life in Connecticut, where the autumns are beautiful and the tobacco industry is a mainstay of the economy. I’ve lived in Carmel, Indiana since 2012 and I, for one, am a huge fan of the roundabouts there.

More about me, you ask? Well, I love electronic music and I’ve been a DJ for about 4 years now. I dislike most rap but the beats are aight. I’m a huge cinephile when it comes to select movies and movie franchises. The LOTR trilogy is the greatest cinematic feat of all time and I challenge anyone to change my mind. Music is my forte – I’ve been singing since I was a kid and have played a wide assortment of instruments over the years, but I’m not proficient with any in particular. I’m half Chinese (it’s my left half) and my eyes are the color of murky pond water. I love all games: board games, video games, sports, you name it. I could go on about my passions, but I don’t have enough room to write here, so why don’t YOU come and talk to me? I love to have conversations with people and I’m excited for this year!


Laura DiPietro

Secretary of Purdue Catholic Students | ldipietr@purdue.edu

Major: Public Horticulture; Philosophy

How I got involved at St. Tom’s:
My first semester of college, I was primarily only involved through the Sacraments. I participated frequently in mass, reconciliation, and adoration, but didn’t really know anyone! I attended the New Student Overnighter and Boiler Awakening retreats, but didn’t really begin to forge friendships here until I decided to delve neck-deep into the ministries here! Going on retreats was a great way for me to get connected with people and learn about new ministries, but until I started to offer more of myself for the benefit of the community, I was never fully immersed in it. Women’s Group and Ignite were some of the first ministries I got involved in, and eventually St. Tom’s became a second home to me (Literally. I lived here as a Church Mouse over the summer).

Favorite Bible Verse:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”~James 1:2-4

I hail from the sunny land of Los Angeles, California. More specifically I’m from Pasadangerous (otherwise known as Pasadena), home to the Rose Bowl, Caltech, and more importantly (!!) Huntington Gardens (one of the most nationally renowned botanical gardens). To anticipate some of the usual “Los Angeles” questions I get: No, I do not go surfing everyday; yes, I do run into celebrities on a semi-frequent basis; and yes it is true that my home is always a pleasant temperature–75ºF, low humidity, gentle breezes, and sunny rays dripping down most days. I’m the youngest of 8 siblings, am passionate about coffee, am even more passionate (some might even say “crazy”) about plants, and I love to read! What’s more, is I love sharing all these passions with friends, and I want YOU to be the next friend I make 🙂 So hit me up! We can chat about life, grab a cup o’ joe, and share in each other’s faith journeys. Because, after all, there is no better friend than one to share in your burdens, triumphs, and faith!