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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.
Meet our PCS Officers
PCS President | firstname.lastname@example.org
Major: Chemistry and Secondary Education, Sophomore
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I went to a few of the callouts at the beginning of the year and ended up teaching Religious Education as well as playing on some PCS Sports teams. Since then I’ve also been a church mouse and have been involved in NSO and Boiler Awakening.
Favorite Bible Verse: “Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord is your strength!” Nehemiah 8:10
Bio: I hail from a small town called Batesville, IN, where many people know me for distance running, my involvement in musicals and my impeccable sense of humor (just kidding, more likely for involvement at my home parish!). At Purdue, I have stuck with the trend of sports as I love to play intramural sports and go on runs in my free time, and I stay in touch with my musical side by playing acoustic guitar or belting songs in the shower (and to keep my witty humor fresh, I write bios like these!). In the summer, I go by the alter-ego of “WOWZA” at a Catholic summer camp in Texas, where I get to do some of my favorite things in the world: hike in nature, play sand volleyball, hang out in a hammock, and share my faith. I hope to do these with the Catholics of Purdue this year and am excited for what my time as PCS President will bring!
PCS Vice President and Treasurer | email@example.com
Major: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Fermentation Minors, Sophomore
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I heard about faith sharing/bible study groups called Ignite and started attending and there I met some friends who invited me to start coming to daily mass. From there it snowballed. I’m now involved in everything from PCS Sports to PCS Seminars.
Favorite Bible Verse: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
Bio: I was born in Eden Prairie, Minnesota which my family promptly left for Carmel, Indiana. It was then that my love for circular traffic structures blossomed. I attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, followed by Guerin Catholic High School where I was involved in 3 choirs, musicals, plays, soccer, swim, track, and pretty much anything else you can think of.
My interests include debating literally anything, reading a good book (any LoTR fans out there??), writing poetry, nerding out about chemistry, and hanging out with friends.
In short,if you’re looking for a friend to talk to/ hangout with or a recommendation of how to synthesize some lactones, I’m your guy!
PCS Secretary | firstname.lastname@example.org
Major: Chemical Engineering, Freshman
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I got involved here by going to Blockbuster weekend and New Student Overnighter. Between those, Mass, Sunday Night Dinner, PCS Sports, and Purdue Catholic Women I started to meet some amazing people here. St. Toms has really allowed me to start some awesome friendships and grow in faith in my short time here.
Favorite Bible Verse: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”
– Romans 12:2
Bio: I am from Lees Summit, MO which is a suburb of Kansas City. I know the Kansas City thing is confusing so to clear it up, yes there is a Kansas City, MO and a Kansas City, KS. The Missouri side is the original, existed before Kansas was even a state, and is where you can find pretty much anything you think of when you think Kansas City. The Kansas side copied off of us and overall is much smaller. As someone who hails from KCMO, I take my BBQ seriously and am a huge Royals fan. Some of my hobbies are horseback riding (I’m on the Western Equestrian team), reading (when I have the time), and talking way too much instead of doing my homework. I am one of three kids, stuck between an older and younger brother. My older brother is much older, married, has a daughter, and a son on the way (so yes I am an aunt!). Additionally, I am a huge ice cream fan. Ice cream and a good conversation make me very happy, so if you ever need someone to talk to and eat ice cream with let me know!
PCS Intern | email@example.com
Major: Virtual Product Integration, Web Programming, Religious Studies, Sophomore
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I got involved at St Toms during my freshman year towards the beginning of the year. I came to the opening Blockbuster Weekend events and attended the New Student Overnighter and began to make friends. I even went on Boiler Awakening 15 my first semester here. Once I began to place names to faces I started to understand the love that is shared here and how everyone deeply cares for you and wants to know you. I got involved with Purdue Catholic Men, Ignite, Chant Group, LifeGuides, and now the PCS Intern. I couldn’t ask for a better community to be a part of and I’m looking forward to serving it in this new role!
Favorite Bible Verse: “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’” (Luke 15:4-6)
Bio: I’m from Carmel, Indiana but actually attend St. Maria Goretti Church in Westfield. My life has been full of ups and downs but it has all led me here so I’ll do my best to summarize. My faith background is where it gets interesting so I’ll focus on that. My family is non-denominational Christian and I was baptized at 13 years old. Little did I know that I would be attending a Catholic school instead of the large public school in the following years. Being not the tallest I was too nervous to attend Carmel High School so decided instead on Guerin Catholic High School because it was far smaller and more my style. As I progressed in my high school years I began to come out of my shell and get involved with music, theatre, engineering, and tennis. Everything I did however had an aspect of Christ within it. As the years went by I found I was longing for something more and found it here in the Catholic Church. I’m glad to say that having earned a driver’s license I began to attend Mass and eventually joined the Church the April, 15th 2017 at the Easter Vigil Mass. It was the best thing I’ve ever done and I can’t wait to see where God takes me here at Purdue because of it.