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Welcome to Purdue Catholic Women

We are a group of women that meet weekly to discuss topics related to being a Catholic woman in our society, learn about our faith, pray together to grow in our relationship with Christ, and have fun growing closer to as a community.

Here are a few things that we have done/learned about in the past:

  • Mary and the saints
  • Contraception and Natural Family Planning
  • Easter Triduum
  • Discussions on courage, beauty, and emotional chastity
  • Lectio Divina with music
  • Baked cookies for office staff
  • Scriptural Rosary
  • Watched Saint movies
  • Mary’s Way of the Cross

Get in Touch

Weekly Meetings

Thursday nights at 8pm in Room 4

Mission Statement

Purdue Catholic Women at St. Tom’s is a close-knit group of women who want to grow closer in community as they grow in their relationship with Christ. Keeping Mother Mary as their role model, the women of Purdue Catholic Women strive toward authentic femininity through weekly meetings that include faith sharing, topic discussion, group prayer, and fellowship.


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Meet our PCW Coordinators!


Lancia Raja


Major: Computer and Information Technology

How I got involved at St. Tom’s:  Freshman year, I arrived three hours early to the PCS callout and made friends with everyone in the upper room, which then led to me exploring all the ministries they were involved in, and I ended up in Purdue Catholic Women as a start. From there I’ve gone on to be a part of Purdue Catholic Women, Boiler Awakening, Bridges of Hospitality and the Liturgy ministries, just to name a few!

Favorite Bible Verse: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39

Fun Fact: I can speak about four languages fluently, and three others sparingly, which makes just about any conversation with me occasionally questionable cause I’m often lost in translation!

Favorite Saint: St. Lucy

Bio:  Hello buddies, I’m Lancia. I am, as of writing, a junior in Computer and Information Technology with a minor in Psychology. I am from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I lived in the UAE for 14 years, then moved to Chennai, India before finally making the flight halfway across the world to Purdue for my undergraduate studies. Outside of St. Tom’s you can find me giving tours at Knoy as a Polytechnic Ambassador, or at meetings and events hosted by Women in Technology, or organizing events with my cultural organization Purdue Tamil Sangam, among various other campus activities. In my spare time I enjoy blogging, painting, dog-spotting, dancing, taking long walks at night and concocting schemes to be the comic relief people didn’t know they needed in their lives.


Megan Smith


How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I was pretty involved at St. Tom’s when I came to Purdue. I attended Mass and Sunday night dinners but it wasn’t until I went on Boiler Awakening 11 that I felt like St. Tom’s was MY community.

Favorite Saint Quote: “Start being brave about everything. Drive out darkness and spread light. Don’t look at your weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ crucified you can do everything”. – St. Catherine of Siena ,

Fun Fact: This summer I spent four weeks in Italy. Ask me about it!

Confirmation Saint: St. Rose of Lima

Bio: Hello! My name is Megan. I come from an amazing Catholic family. I have one older sister who also attended Purdue and was involved at St. Tom’s. I have a dog named Max. I am currently a senior studying speech language hearing sciences in hopes to become a speech pathologist. I am passionately pro life and have been an active member of Boilermakers for Life (the pro life club at Purdue) since I was a freshman. When I have free time (lol) I enjoy reading, sewing and watching Downton Abbey. I am currently teaching myself how to embroider and play the ukulele. Some of my favorite sacramentals are the chapel veil and the brown scapular. I absolutely LOVE St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Rose of Lima, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Lucy. My motto in life is, “I choose joy”.


Grace Ravenna


How I got involved at St. Tom’s: The first event that I participated in at St. Tom’s was NSO! It helped me get comfortable with the church as some place I would want to go and study or just chill, in addition to Mass.

Favorite Bible Verse: “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’ ‘Woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’” John 2:1-5 (The bolded part is truly my favorite, but the context helps)

Fun Fact: I played ice hockey for 8 years, and love skating with a passion!

Confirmation Saint: St. Teresa of Calcutta

Bio: Hey beautiful humans! My name is Grace and I am from Carmel, Indiana. I am a sophomore here at Purdue studying General Management with a minor in something (TBD). On campus I am involved in Boilermakers for life, and am looking to join some major-related clubs this (fall) semester. I love being outside and exploring the beauty of nature through hiking. When I have the time I love to rock climb, sew, or just hang out with my friends (I am always down to get coffee and chat). Oh and also, I am new to the Catholic Church and just got confirmed and took first communion in January!! It’s been a wild ride these first few months, but it’s been great!


Claire Anderson


Major: Aeronautical Engineering Technology

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: To be honest, I’m not really sure. I showed up once and it kinda snowballed from there…

Favorite Bible Verse: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.” Colossians 3:12-14

Fun Fact: I’m opening an Etsy shop and I write fantasy adventure novels!

Confirmation Saint: St. Cecilia

Bio: Hi friends! My name is Claire and I’m a senior (ahhh!!) this year studying Aeronautical Engineering Technology with a minor in Professional and Technical Writing. However, my real life goal is to be a saint someday. (I’d be the patroness of crazy hair). I’m from Brownsburg, Indiana and have two cats, Sophie and Cleo. I am passionate about authentic femininity, modesty, and women’s ministry which is why I LOVE PCW. I love watercolor painting, calligraphy, cooking, baking, ballet, and Agatha Christie novels and you’ve probably seen me around St. Tom’s singing because I’m also involved in the 7pm Sunday Choir and Wednesday Night Mass.


Samantha Puckett


Major: Nursing

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I got involved with PCW my freshman year and it helped me get to know some awesome people! Along with doing homework in the basement on lovesacs and Boiler Awakening 13, St. Tom’s quickly became my home!

Favorite Bible Verse: “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.” Psalm 139: 1-2 (I very highly encourage you to go read the whole verse- it really helped me at one of my low points in life to remember where I came from and why I was made)

Fun Fact: I learned how to throw a real boomerang from Aboriginals in Australia and I love playing the uke!

Confirmation Saint: St. Joan of Arc

Bio: I am from Evansville, IN and I am now a junior at Purdue in nursing! I fell in love with the Catholic faith during high school, and am still on my journey with Christ which I know will last a lifetime. I am all about anything to get my adrenaline going, and I love the great outdoors along with lots of adventure (I’m always up for a hike or day trip somewhere!). I sing songs of all types and am involved with Exalt on Fridays with St. Tom’s for adoration in song. I enjoy DIY things and dabble in painting. I am working at St. Tom’s front desk this year, and you can also catch me on the intramural field playing flag football or some ultimate! I’m striving to be the best version of myself possible and living life one day at a time.