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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


Jonathan Benoit

President of Purdue Catholic Students | jbenoit@purdue.edu

Major: Chemical Engineering

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: My first two years, I was really only a Sunday Mass kind of guy at St. Tom’s. I got a book recommendation from a friend, The Lamb’s Supper. Upon reading it, I fell in love with the Mass, and began coming to Mass daily and Adoration more often. My friend got me to attend Boiler Awakening 12 in the spring of my sophomore year, which really accelerated my participation in the ministries at St. Tom’s. Now, I can’t get enough of this place!

Favorite Bible Verse: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

Bio: I was born and raised in a Catholic family in Farmington HIlls, Michigan. I was the youngest of 4 siblings, with 2 older sisters and an older brother. Upon completion of 8th grade, I took my talents and worship to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I attended Bishop Dwenger High School. Here, I met some of the most devout, loving, and holy people I’ve met in my entire life. It is because of them that I have a full appreciation for the Church and all of its teachings and truth. I love to play most sports, particularly basketball, and I have what some might describe as a dysfunctional love for mathematics. I avidly look forward to meeting all of the students of PCS, so please do not hesitate introduce yourself if I’ve never met you!


Mike Sokol

Vice President and Treasurer of Purdue Catholic Students | sokol0@purdue.edu

Major: Accounting

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: Luke Felabom invited me to a Wednesday night Mass. Then he got me to go on Boiler Awakening 9 which changed my life. Then I got involved in Owen Ignite with Sean O’dea and Nora Sego as our leaders. Our whole ignite group went on a mission trip to New Orleans. So much happened freshman year and God worked in so many amazing ways that it was too hard to leave. St. Tom’s means the world to me.

Favorite Bible Verse: John 15:5 “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.”

Bio: I grew up in a Catholic family in Indianapolis, IN. I went to St Matthew and Bishop Chatard High School. I have one younger brother John, who is a freshman at Purdue this year and a yellow lab named Coco who is the best dog ever. When I came to Purdue, I thought I’d be the biggest Purdue basketball fan and sit in the first row of the Paint Crew every game, but St. Tom’s really surprised me and welcomed me into their loving family. They have changed my life. Building my foundation on Christ has been the most fun and important part of my college experience. I LOVE sports! Golf is my favorite sports, but I’ll watch just about anything. People are my favorite part about life because we are all God’s children, so I want to meet you all and get to know how Christ is working in your life.


Morgan Hierlmaier

Secretary 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 upper classmen who gave me the tools to really pursue my faith. I started attending Wednesday night mass, daily masses, and adoration. Last year I was an ignite leader and I staffed Boiler Awakening 14! I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone better this coming year!

Favorite Bible Verse: “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” Isaiah 55:6

Bio: 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 involved in Air Force ROTC and I’m looking forward to commissioning as an officer when I graduate. I love playing all sports especially soccer, and my favorite TV show is 30 Rock. Most of all I love spending time with the St. Tom’s community!