We seek to build bridges between international and domestic students by hosting a 3-week dinner series at St. Tom’s on Friday nights.

We hope to provide participating students, regardless of their religious and cultural backgrounds, with a welcoming, hospitable environment in which they can feel comfortable, appreciated, and heard. And, we eat some great food!

We take seriously the mission Pope Francis gives to us of creating a “culture of encounter.”

Get in Touch

If you are interested in becoming a student leader, or you would like to attend the dinners (international and domestic students welcome!), please contact:

Marie Armes
Victoria Vogel

“For me this word is very important. Encounter with others. Why? Because faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others. We live in a culture of conflict, a culture of fragmentation, a culture in which I throw away what is of no use to me, a culture of waste… we must go out to meet them, and with our faith we must create a “culture of encounter”, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently, as well as those who hold other beliefs, who do not have the same faith.”


Meet the Coordinators

Marie Armes


Major: Environmental Geoscience

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I first got involved at St. Tom’s by attending a St. Tom’s Ignite group freshman year. There I met some of the most genuine and faith-filled students, who encouraged me to go on the New Student Overnighter, which was an amazing and fun experience. From there, I have enjoyed being involved with multiple ministries and events.

Favorite Bible Verse: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” Psalm 118:24

Bio: I am from Seymour, IN, which is a small town 2 hours South of Purdue. I have a twin sister and one crazy cat, whom I adore. In my free time, I enjoy tennis, jogging, playing the piano, reading, and trying new things.

Victoria Vogel


Major: Human Development and Family Studies

How did you get involved at St. Tom’s: I got involved in St. Tom’s during my freshman year through encouragement of my friends to attend Boiler Awakening.

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Bio: I’m a senior from Mishawaka, Indiana which is very close to South Bend. I have three siblings and a big extended family consisting of more than 20 younger cousins. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to the lake, and meeting new people