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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!


Nicole Kirk


Major: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

How I got involved at St. Tom’s:  I started out at St. Tom’s knowing nothing about all the great opportunities I would encounter here at Purdue. Through NSO (New Student Overnighter) and Sunday Night Dinner, I made great friends and got to attend fun events like the Barn Dance. Later, I branched out further into Ignite, BA, and my favorite ministry, Purdue Catholic Women.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” John 20:21

Fun Fact: Since I grew up in Delaware, I know many useless, but interesting, facts about the second smallest state in the USA.

Favorite Marian Apparition: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Bio: Hi! My name is Nicole, and I’m excited to be leading PCW this year. I’m a sophomore in SLHS minoring in psychology with the hope of becoming an audiologist. I love listening to music, taking walks (when it’s warm out), reading, and spending time with friends. Though my life is busy, I try to make time for God every day and want to help other women reach their own spiritual goals through PCW.


Marisa Hughes


Major: Biomedical Engineering

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: At the beginning of college, I did not explore all the opportunities at St. Tom’s. In fact, it was a good week if I made it to mass on Sunday. I was a cradle catholic and didn’t own my faith until I realized that the things I was filling my time with were not making me truly happy. I made the leap to come to PCW meetings in the spring of my 3rd year to find a community and get back on the right track. Since then, my prayer life and passion for the church has grown immensely and I owe that to the support of Purdue Catholic Women.

Favorite Bible Verse: “It is the Lord who goes before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Siena, Italy for a summer!

Favorite Saint: St. Pope John Paul II

Bio: Hello, I’m Marisa! I am a senior studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Management. I’m from Brownsburg, IN and have lived there my whole life. I have 3 siblings, one older and two younger, and both of my parents are Purdue grads! I’m actually in my 5th year as a college student after going on a co-op for a year at an orthopedic company. I have been involved in a sorority (Alpha Xi Delta), Boiler Gold Rush, the Women in Engineering Program, and other clubs throughout my time at Purdue. In my free time I enjoy chatting with friends, reading, watching Gilmore Girls, and organizing anything and everything!


Emily Tricker


Major: Agronomy and Agricultural Education

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: When I started at Purdue last fall, I felt a strong desire to experience catholic community, as it was something previously lacking in my life. Through the ministry fair and Sunday Night Dinner, I connected with Purdue Catholic Women, where I found a beautiful, welcoming sisterhood. From there, I became more involved by attending NSO, joining an Ignite group, and participating in PCS Sports. This past spring I also had the opportunity to go on BA 18, which helped me feel even more at home at St. Tom’s.

Favorite Bible Verse: Mark 5:41, “He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha Koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” (Truthfully I simply adore all of Mark chapter 5, it is such a beautiful treasure trove)

Bio: Hi friends! My name is Emily Tricker and I am currently a sophomore double-majoring in Agronomy and Agricultural Education here at Purdue. My hometown is Ladoga, IN, and I come from a long line of Boilermakers, am the middle daughter of three girls in my family, and have two border collies that I absolutely love named Max and Charlie. Outside of St. Tom’s, I am involved in Agronomy Club, Agronomy Ambassadors, and am on the Purdue Crops Judging Team. I love spending time in God’s creation, playing soccer, and watching Parks and Recreation. I am striving to live with greater intention and grow in virtue one day at a time on this lifelong journey of faith.


Clare McNicholas


Major: Agricultural Engineering

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I started to get involved at St. Tom’s by going on NSO. This is when I first started to meet other people who went to church and I was able to make some friends. But it wasn’t till second semester that I really started to join ministries and get to know people and make friends.

Favorite Bible Verse: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of the heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

Fun Fact: I raise rabbits.

Favorite Saint: St. Mother Teresa

Bio: Hi friends! Hello! I’m a Sophomore in Agricultural Engineering, Machine Systems from Chesterton, IN. I am one of eight kids, I have five brothers and two sisters. I have a dog named Murphy who is supper adorable and loves to go on walks and play fetch. At Purdue I’m involved in Stem Power, Women in Engineering, Boiler Gold Rush, and Ignite. When I’m not doing homework or stuff with clubs, I like to spend my time running, reading books, hammocking, and growing in my love and relationship with Christ.