Welcome to Boiler Catholic Women

We are a group that meets weekly to discuss topics related to being a Catholic woman in our society, learn about our faith, pray together, have fun, and grow in our relationship with Christ and one another.

Here are a few things that we have done/learned about in the past:


  • Mary and the saints
  • How to deal with stress
  • Easter Triduum and Lent
  • Courage, beauty, and emotional chastity
  • True friendship
  • Lectio Divina with music
  • How to develop a habit of prayer
  • College Life
  • Scriptural Rosary
  • Mary’s Way of the Cross


  • Boiler Catholic Women retreat
  • Learned a group dance
  • Baked cookies for office staff
  • Watched movies
  • Ice cream outing
  • Thanksgiving in the dining courts
  • Talks about Mary and visits from nuns

Get in Touch:

Weekly Meetings

Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. in the Sienna Rooms

Mission Statement

Boiler Catholic Women strives to cultivate friendship while pursuing authentic, God-centered femininity. Women at any stage of faith gather to foster relationships with Christ through faith sharing, discussion, prayer, and fellowship.


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Meet our Boiler Catholic Women Leaders!

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: Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1Peter 4:8

Fun Fact: When I get stressed, my taste buds fall off.

Favorite Saint: Mother Teresa

Bio: Hi friends! I’m a Junior 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 super adorable and loves to go on walks and play fetch. At Purdue, I’m involved in Purdue Utilities Project, Women in Engineering, 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.

Emily Tricker


Major: Agricultural Education with a minor in Crop Science

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: When I began as a Freshman at Purdue, 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 Boiler Catholic Women, where I found a beautiful, welcoming sisterhood. From there, I became more involved at St. Tom’s by attending NSO, joining an Ignite group, and participating in PCS Sports. The spring semester of my freshman year, I had the opportunity to go on Boiler Awakening 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!”

Fun Fact: I eat ketchup on my baked potatoes!

Favorite Saint: St. Therese of Lisieux 

Bio: Hi friends! My name is Emily Tricker and I am currently a junior majoring in Agricultural Education with a minor in Crop Science here at Purdue. My hometown is Ladoga, IN, and I come from a long line of Boilermakers. I am the middle daughter of three girls in my family, and have two border collies that are the loves of my life named Max and Charlie. Outside of St. Tom’s, I am involved in Agronomy Club, IAAE, and am on the Purdue Crops Judging Team. I love spending time in God’s creation hiking, 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.

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 the 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, Boiler Awakening, and my favorite ministry, Boiler Catholic Women. 

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

Fun Fact:  I will only eat green bananas.   

Favorite Saint: Mary! Especially through her different apparitions like Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of All Nations

Bio: Hi! My name is Nicole, and I’m excited to be leading Boiler Catholic Women this year. I’m a junior 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 Boiler Catholic Women.

Josie Haydock


Major: Industrial Management and Mathematics

How I got involved at St. Tom’s: Coming to Purdue, I was eager to get involved at St. Toms from the start because I really wanted to have a God-centered college experience. My freshman year at Purdue, I was blessed with many catholic girls who lived on my floor and are now my besties! We started going to mass and brunch together each week, and we also had fun attending various PCS social events like the barn dance and ice skating. I took advantage of many of the ministries at St. Toms right away: New Student Overnighter, Boiler Catholic Women, Ignite, Music Ministry, PCS Sports, and Boiler Awakening. During the spring semester of my freshman year, I signed up to staff BA 2020 and also enrolled in a scripture course through St. Tom’s partnership with Christendom College

Favorite Bible Verse: “Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.” Matthew 6:28

Fun Fact: I run an Etsy business!

Favorite Saint: St. Clare of Assisi

Bio: Hey sisters in Christ! My name is Josie Haydock, and I’m a sophomore studying Industrial Management and Math. I was born and raised in Zionsville, IN with two loving sisters and one brother (also a proud Boilermaker alumnus). I’m involved in lots of activities on campus, but my favorite of these is music. I play flute and piccolo in the Bands & Orchestras, and I also love to sing and play piano. This is my first year being a leader for Boiler Catholic Women, and I’m super excited for it! I strive to make God the center of my life in every way possible, and having a community of faith-filled women in my life makes that a hundred times easier.