The application has closed for spring 2021 BA. Please join us for the fall session!

Boiler Awakening is a prayerful and peaceful retreat experience like none other, bringing you closer to Christ, your faith goals and the Purdue Catholic Students community. BA is a 3-day, 2-night event starting on Friday evening and continuing through 7pm Sunday Mass. Boiler Awakening 21 will take place March 26-28, 2021. The retreat is hosted at Lafayette Central Catholic, just across the river from Purdue. Please reach out to if you have any questions.

Boiler Awakening is a student-led, Catholic awakening retreat welcoming of all undergraduate and graduate students seeking to strengthen their relationship with Christ. Our student leaders strive to contribute their gifts and talents to empower participants in perpetually owning their faith and creating a life-long passion for involvement in the faith community. The weekend includes a variety of talks, activities and reflection designed to allow each retreatant to be “awakened” to the Holy Spirit within them. The retreat concludes on Sunday with the “source and summit” of our Catholic faith, the celebration of the Mass. BA is a truly heartwarming weekend that leaves us with a strong, but loving reminder of God’s presence in our lives.

This retreat is held twice a year – once each in the Fall and Spring. A link for online registration for the Spring 2021 retreat will be made available on this page on Monday, February 15th at 12pm. Register early as registration fills up quickly and there will not be space for everyone who completes this first step of registration to go on the retreat. There is a small cost of $45 to participate in Boiler Awakening. This fee covers lodging, 7 great meals, and an entire weekend of fun and reflection. If you need financial assistance, don’t hesitate to e-mail No student should miss out on Awakening due to financial strain.

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Meet our Boiler Awakening Coordinator and Rector!

Matthias Voglewede

BA Coordinator

Major: Biological Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 37:4 “Find your delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire.”

Bio: I was born in Lafayette, IN and am the second oldest of 6 kids. When I was in 6th grade, my family moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada due to my dad’s job. Then, in 2013, we moved back to Indiana but settled in Brownsburg, a suburb of Indianapolis. There, my family began to slowly acquire animals, and that is how I came to love chickens. Now that I am in college, I enjoy exploring the wonderful world of chemistry through my research and coursework. My two favorite forms of service are ministry to my peers and ministry to the elderly. In my free time, I enjoy playing strategy games with friends, experimenting with my newfound cooking skills, and watching sunsets at the top of parking garages. If you ever want a buddy to watch the sunset with, just let me know!! I look forward to serving you all through my role as BA Coordinator this year, and I hope that you consider attending an Awakening retreat while at Purdue!

Samantha Nobbe

BA Rector

Major: Materials Engineering

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I started going to mass at St. Tom’s my freshman year and went on Boiler Awakening 16 in the spring of my freshman year. Since then I have grown into leadership positions within BA and have loved attending daily masses.

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”

Bio: I am from Greensburg, Indiana, which is about an hour in-between Indianapolis and Cincinnati. I grew up the second of five children to two amazing parents. We live slightly in the country, with most of my extended family as my neighbors. You can always count on a competitive game of basketball, football, or board games to be happening when we are at home. Most of my days include baking, organizing, and doing schoolwork. My current passion is trying new recipes and perfecting them; you can always count on fresh baked goods at my apartment! I love road trips, especially when they are with friends and the destination includes boating. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and have been to be able to share my faith with many of my sorority sisters (I actually went on BA16 with the nudge from two of them!). If you see me around, please say stop me to say hello! I love meeting new people, forming new friendships, and listening to others. I am so excited and blessed to serve as Rector this year!