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Purdue Catholic Men is a brotherhood rooted in faith, striving for physical, spiritual, intellectual, and psychological perfection with Christ as our model.

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Thursday nights at 8pm

Manly Resources

The Catholic Gentleman | www.catholicgentleman.net
More than ever, the Church needs men. Sadly, many Catholic men have believed the lie that being holy isn’t manly, and that the faith is boring. They leave religion to women and children and simply tune out. But holiness is for men. There is nothing more difficult, rewarding, or manly than becoming a saint. The spiritual life is full of combat, struggle, hardship, and adventure.

The Art of Manliness | www.artofmanliness.com
AoM is a blog about growing up well, aimed at men and their unique challenges and interests. We explore all things manly — from the serious and philosophical to the practical and fun.

Those Catholic Men | www.thosecatholicmen.com
Three years ago, a fraternity from Indiana set out to address an unspoken reality in the Catholic Church: the disconnect between the Church and Her men. This website is an online resource for Catholic men amidst the confusion of our post-Christian, secular age. We believe that Catholic men must make preparations for the struggles to come by prayer, asceticism, study and brotherhood.



Meet our Group Coordinators


Oliver Schroeder


Major: Industrial Engineering

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I first got involved at St. Tom’s Through Purdue Catholic Men and Sunday Night Dinner.

Favorite Bible Quote: “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, “What are we to do, my brothers?” Peter [said] to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2: 37-38

Fun Fact: One of my hobbies is rock climbing.

Bio: I am from Columbus, Ohio and lived there most of my life until coming to Purdue. Going up one of four children, I am always ready to socialize and meet knew people. Here at Purdue, I am a Junior in Industrial Engineering. My Freshman year I was in the EPICS program and worked on a project focused on Air Quality in western Kenya. At St. Tom’s I was the co-chair of the New Student Overnighter and am in my third year of leading PCM. My goal in life is to become a Saint by responding to the Lord’s daily call to holiness.


David Wood


Major: Computer Science

How I got involved in St. Tom’s: Attending Purdue Catholic Men and attending weekly mass.

Favorite Bible Verse: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

Fun Fact: I am an Eagle Scout and enjoy doing almost everything outdoors.

Bio: I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved several times before I was six before settling down in Wooster, Ohio. I am the second oldest of four children and am the first of anyone in my family to go to Purdue. I was a Boy Scout for 7 years and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, while also playing the piano for 12 years. I also played soccer and ran track in High School. At Purdue, I am studying Computer Science with a minor in Math. In addition to being a leader of Purdue Catholic, I am the webmaster of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and am involved with the Purdue CS Hackers club. I love to play all different types of intramural sports and enjoy spending time in nature. This is my second year leading PCM and I hope to help men grow in their pursuit of living every day as a true Catholic man.


Abram Gettelfinger


Major: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

How I got involved in St. Tom’s: I attended Purdue Catholic Men and studied at and hung around St. Tom’s.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Because you have the Lord for your refuge and have made the Most High your stronghold, no evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. For He commands His angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go.” Psalm 91:9-11

Fun Fact: I have 8 brothers and 3 sisters, and I enjoy almost any adventure or challenge, especially the outdoor ones.

Bio: I was born in Burlington, Vermont, moved to Research Triangle in North Carolina, and then to several places in central Kentucky, settling down in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky in the 4th grade. I am the eldest of 12 children. From 6th grade until high school graduation, I ran track and cross country. I was on the robotics team for all 4 years of high school. At Purdue, I am in Army ROTC, and I am heavily involved here at St. Tom’s. I have always enjoyed good challenges and adventures, going on several backpacking trips and have rock climbed in my free time, among other activities.


Ted Tobias


Major: Chemistry and Secondary Education

How I got involved in St. Tom’s: I started attending Purdue Catholic Men meetings and went on Boiler Awakening 16. Both of these things really got me involved in the great community here.

Favorite Bible Verse: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Fun Fact: I competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2013

Bio: I hail from a small town in Northwestern Indiana called Wheatfield and have lived there all my life alongside my three sisters. In high school, I was heavily involved in academic competitions, and even participated in Academic Decathlon for four years. Since coming to Purdue, I have gotten heavily involved in the awesome Catholic Center that is St. Thomas Aquinas. If you ever need me, you can find me out on the golf course, fine-tuning my game; I absolutely love to play, watch, read about, and talk about golf. I also go by the name “Jicama” due to some Catholic summer camp shenanigans. Through my involvement in PCM, I hope to help everyone I encounter in their journey with Christ.