The Parish Pastoral Council of St. Thomas Aquinas is a group of 6 resident parishioners and 6 student parishioners, whom represent the whole parish community. They help in the decisions that must be made by the pastor in regards to liturgy, education, social service, evangelization, social justice, mission activity, family life, communications, ecumenism and administration in compliance with the universal church law, diocesan statues, and civil law. To learn more about the Parish Pastoral Council, look over the By-Laws or review the Strategic Plan. Also, feel free to contact the Parish Pastoral Council at ppc@boilercatholics.org.

Alice Hession

  • Hometown: Lafayette, IN
  • Occupation: retired (was formerly the Executive Director of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools)
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? I was a member of St. Tom’s in the 1970’s and returned as a parishioner 3 years ago when I retired and moved back to Lafayette
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? Parish Council, the Chair of the Return to Worship Committee, a lector, and a Eucharistic Minister
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? I joined the Parish Council because Fr. Patrick asked me to do so. You don’t just say no when your pastor asks. It was an honor to be asked to serve such a vibrant parish community.

Louanne Holladay

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, but I have lived in Lafayette for 28 years (+4 while at Purdue)
  • Occupation: clerk in Purdue’s College of Education
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? 8 years
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? Jubilee Christmas, Blockbuster Weekend, Parish Picnic, Funeral Dinners, Prayers for Sick & Deceased, LUM, and whatever else I can help with
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? I was very happy to contribute to the Parish Council and the vibrant spirit of our parish when Fr. Patrick asked. Wonderful way to connect with various types of parishioners and feel a part of the community.

Randy Toleman

  • Hometown: Lafayette, IN
  • Occupation: retired from the Indiana Packers Corporation
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? Since 1992
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? Parish Council member, Lecturer, Commentator, Eucharistic Minister, and a member of our Knights of Columbus
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? To get more involved with our church, pastors, students, and parishioners!

Ollie Moser

  • Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
  • Major: Construction Management Technology
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? 14 years
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? Life Guides, Boiler Catholics Officers, Boiler Awakening
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? As part of my leadership with Boiler Catholics, I was invited to join the council!

Jack Haddad

  • Hometown: Carmel, IN
  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? 3 years
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? Ignite Coordinator/leader and Boiler Catholics Ambassador
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? I joined St. Tom’s for the dynamic, uplifting community seeking Christ.

Caleb Moster

  • Hometown: Batesville, IN
  • Major: Chemistry and Chemistry Education
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? I’ve been a member of St. Tom’s for 3 years now (wow, I feel old)
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? Parish Council, Ignite Boiler Awakening, Liturgical Minister, and Boiler Catholic Sports
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? I chose to join Parish Council because I wanted to learn more about what it takes to run a parish, so I can be better equipped to serve the priests that will lead the other parishes I am a part of in the future. I feel that I can make an impact on the community through this involvement, and I have learned much during my time on the council.

Tom Andrew

  • Hometown: Lafayette, IN
  • Occupation: Self Employed
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? Early 1980’s
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? Bible Studies, involved on the Parish Council., and open to helping how I can
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? Fr. Patrick asked me to, and I wanted to help. I have four kids in Religious Education and live a few miles from the Church. This was something God put in front of me and it worked out.

Will Feeks

  • Hometown: Mishawaka, IN
  • Major: Management & Marketing
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? This is my fourth year coming to St. Tom’s
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? I am the President of Boiler Catholics, an Ignite leader, and former Ignite Coordinator.
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? Being elected as the Boiler Catholics President gave me an automatic seat on the council. Being on the council gives me a better understanding of what the parish is thinking about, what directors we want to move in, and what initiatives we are considering. It’s very helpful to know what is going on behind the scenes at the parish in order to keep our Boiler Catholics’ mission alive within and outside the walls of St. Tom’s.

Bea Rodgers

  • Hometown: Rossville, IN
  • Occupation: Paralegal
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? I began attending St. Tom’s in about the summer of 1996, and through RCIA, became a member in 2009.
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? Eucharistic Minister, Family Promise Volunteer (and Board Member), assist with luncheon for couples preparing for marriage, greeter for special/holiday masses, helping with funeral dinners, host for Jubilee Christmas, and Uniting in Heart team member.
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? First, because I was asked. I am glad for the opportunity not only to support our Pastor, but also to serve the student and resident parishioners as a voice on the Parish Council.

Phil Meyer

  • Hometown: Born in Wanamc, IN, but now call Lafayette, IN my home
  • Occupation: Engineer at Caterpillar
  • How long have you been a member of St. Tom’s? 19 years
  • What are your involvements/ministry interests at St. Tom’s? Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion/leading assistance wherever I can
  • Why did you choose to join the St. Tom’s Parish Council? Fr. Patrick asked and I could not say no.