Ignite groups are small faith communities which meet weekly on and off campus. After reading the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel, we discuss, reflect on and apply the Word of God to our daily lives. Ignite provides a medium for people of all levels of faith to find support, challenge themselves, and bring one another closer to Christ.
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All meetings this semester will be happening at St. Thomas Aquinas. We still recommend joining a group near where you live, so you can get to know your Catholic neighbors.
Memorial Mall – Thursday at 6:45pm
Union – Monday at 7:00 pm
Slayter Hill – Wednesday at 7:30 pm
3rd Street – Tuesday at 5:30 pm
Owen – Tuesday at 7:00 pm
Tark – Tuesday at 7:30 pm
St. Tom’s – Monday at 7:00 pm
Harrison – Wednesday, 7:00 pm @ St. Tom’s, Room 23
Starbucks PMU – Friday at 3:15 pm
Zoom – Thursday at 8:00 pm
St. Tom’s – Thursday, 8:00 pm, Room 24
Meredith/Windsor/Apartment – Thursday at 7:00 pm
Hilltop – Wednesday, 7:30 pm @ St. Tom’s, Room 24
Wiley – Friday, 5:30 pm @ St. Tom’s, Room 3
Memorial Mall – Tuesday at 8:00 pm
Honors (South) – Tuesday at 7:00 pm
Windsor – Tuesday, 6:30 pm @ St. Tom’s Room 23
Cary – Monday at 6:30 pm
Earhart – Tuesday, 7:45 pm @ St. Tom’s, Room 23 (starting 9/29)
Corec – Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Hawkins – Monday, 7:00 pm @ St. Tom’s Room 23
May I join an Ignite group partway through the semester?
Of course! Anyone is welcome at any time, and newcomers are always appreciated. Discussion is based on the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel, so each week is a new experience.
Do I have to be Catholic to attend Ignite?
Of course not! The beauty of the Gospels is that they speak to everyone across time. We’d love to hear your interpretation of God’s Word.
If I cannot make it to the Ignite in my dorm, may I attend another group?
Of course! Ignites meet at varying times and locations in order for everyone to attend the group which best fits his or her schedule and circumstances.
What is the structure of a typical Ignite?
Every meeting starts with prayer and the reading of the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel. The leader(s) will facilitate the discussion with questions based on the reading. At the end of the hour, the meeting closes with prayer and fellowship.
Meet our Ignite Coordinators!
Major: Nuclear Engineering
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I started attending weekly Ignite meetings at Harrison hall early my freshman year. I loved the mission of Ignite and the opportunity to grow in friendship with my fellow Catholic students from the start. Ignite was my gateway into the vibrant community that is Boiler Catholics, and I’m so grateful to be giving back in the way I am now.
Favorite Bible Verse: John 18:37 – Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Bio: I was born in New Jersey, but moved to Colorado when I was one. There’s nothing I enjoy more than winter sports in the mountains: hockey, skiing, and snowmobiling in particular. On a boring summer day, you’ll find me playing video games, reading a book, writing a story, or picking out the notes of a song on the piano. I love philosophical/theological conversations with friends and strangers, so let’s talk about it and learn from each other!
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: Before I moved into my dorm freshman year, my sister told me to take advantage of the Sacraments provided every day here at St. Toms. With that in mind mixed with seeing how everyone was so on fire for the Lord, I made the decision that I wanted to have that experience for myself. I started off by going to daily mass, Ignite, and Boiler Awakening. Ignite provided me with a community of people also in pursuit of Christ which made me more comfortable branching out into the different programs at St. Toms.
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 – “Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.”
Fun Fact: I can say my ABCs backwards! Feel free to find me to verify this for yourself 🙂
Bio: I was born and raised a cradle Catholic in Kokomo, Indiana. As the youngest of five, I grew up in a loving yet hectic household where we ate family dinners, always had football on the TV, and most importantly where Christ was the focus. My parents always made sure to incorporate our faith into our everyday lives through saying the Rosary or nightly prayers. Besides Catholicism and my family, I adore iced coffee, pretty sunsets, and my dog. If you want a new friend or ever need to talk, please feel free to reach out!
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: At the beginning of my freshman year, a friend invited me to come to the Windsor Ignite. I quickly became friends with that group of amazing girls, and our weekly meetings and long chats became the highlight of my week! That Ignite group really made me feel like home, and it opened me up to many other opportunities at St. Toms like Boiler Awakening, adoration, and more! I am so grateful for all the amazing friends I’ve met through St. Toms!
Favorite Bible Verse: John 13:1 – “He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.”
Fun Fact: I have a twin brother!
Bio: I grew up in Westfield, Indiana and spent most of my time playing sports, specifically, basketball and lacrosse. I attended Guerin Catholic High School, and I was so blessed to be a part of a community that encouraged me to dive deeper into my faith. I’m currently a junior at Purdue, and in addition to being an Ignite Coordinator, I’m in Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity. After I graduate, I hope to work for a non-profit doing marketing and development. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about St. Toms, Purdue, or if you’d just like to chat!
Major: Civil Engineering
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: I went on Boiler Awakening 17, then joined an Ignite group.
Favorite Bible Verse: Job 9:4 – “God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;
who has withstood him and remained whole?”
Bio: I was raised Christian in beautiful Tulsa, Oklahoma. I enjoy long runs, reading, making and listening to music, and, most of all, living out a Catholic life alongside my friends at St. Tom’s. I became Catholic my senior year of high school, and I haven’t looked back. Ignite has been one of the most important parts of my faith formation during my time at Purdue, and I know it can – and will – become an important part of yours also.
Major: Chemistry and Chemistry Education
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: My first week of Freshman year, I decided to hang around St. Tom’s until I heard about what was happening within the BoilerCatholics community. I ended up meeting a lot of people at Wednesday Night Mass and Sunday Night Dinner, who encouraged me to try a few ministries. I have since been involved in many different ministries and continue to consider St. Tom’s a second home on campus.
Favorite Bible Verse: “Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord is your strength!” Nehemiah 8:10
Fun Fact: I’ve never purchased a haircut, and have given several for free (100% satisfaction rate!)
Bio: I grew up in a small town in the Southeast corner of Indiana, where I first learned about the importance of faith and a good community through my family’s incredible example. I grew up loving sports, music and spontaneous adventures and can still be found enjoying one of these three hobbies during most of my free time. I’m incredibly extroverted (most of the time) and am always interested in learning new things about the world around me and the people in it, which is probably why I am so intrigued by science. Most importantly, I am a Catholic in love with Christ, with a desire to share the joy and peace of the gospel with the world.
How I got involved at St. Tom’s: Early in my freshman year I was invited to play Intramural soccer by Caleb Moster. I saw the lively community outside the walls of the church and was drawn more deeply to what was inside! I made some friends by showing up to Ignite, playing PCS intramurals, and at Sunday Night Dinner and POOF! I was involved.
Favorite Bible Verse: “No… I am your father” ….ohh wait… Matthew 18:3 “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”
Bio: Who am I? That’s a great question.
Alternate bio in case you want a real one: Born and raised in good old Indiana. I have a strong passion for everything this is corn. Some of my hobbies include corn shucking, corn roasting, and corn bobbing(like apple bobbing but better). My favorite foods are corn bread, corn on the cob, corn dip, canned corn, corn flakes, corn chips, corn tortillas, pop corn, and corn fritters. I like dad jokes but some people think they’re corny. But in all seriousness, If you ever would like to chat about anything I’ll be all ears.
Major: Developmental and Family Science
How I got involved at St. Toms: Towards the end of senior year in high school, I felt a longing for a deeper relationship with Christ and His followers. I knew I needed to jump right in when I came to Purdue. I went on NSO, loved it, but then didn’t come back for awhile. It wasn’t until Boiler Awakening 17 that it was clear to me that I needed to be here and around these people. I started going to Ignite (shoutout Megan G), Exalt, PCW, Women and Discernment, and anything else I could do to be here as much as possible and find those Christ-pursuing friends that I so deeply desired. I’m still hanging around, so so far so good.
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”
Fun Fact: I was baptized with Maryanne
Bio: I’m a townie!! I was born and raised right across the river in Lafayette. I’m a cradle Catholic and went to Catholic schools growing up (which you can see in person if you go on BA). I like long walks on the beach, sunrises and sunsets, reading, drinking coffee, and reading while drinking coffee on the beach during sunrise. When I’m not at Ignite, I’m probably anywhere else in the church doing homework, praying, or hanging out with friends, old and new! Come hang!
Maryanne Clare Gillen
Major: Developmental and Family Science
How I got involved at St. Toms: Second semester of my freshman year I knew I wanted to be involved at St. Tom’s but I had no idea how to do this. I went to Grant Freeman and asked him what to do. He told me about Ignite and about one group in particular he thought would be a good fit for me. A couple hours later I got a text from the leader of that group inviting me to join them and that got the ball rolling. The lovely people at St. Tom’s haven’t been able to get rid of me since.
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.”
Fun Fact: I was baptized with Grace Anne.
Bio: I was born and raised in Lafayette. I come from the kind of home that is never quiet. Ever. Across the river, in a cute little house, lives my wonderful parents, grandpa, my three younger sisters, two dogs, and a cat (whose name is Herman but is actually a girl). My family is such a big part of who I am, they are the people who rooted me in Catholicism. Growing up, I loved long distance running, drawing & painting, and showing my cows at the fair. If you’re ever looking for me, I’ll be in the basement of St. Tom’s probably napping.