In response to this week's news about COVID-19 and Purdue's historic decisions to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church members held a candlelight Eucharistic procession late Wednesday night on campus. The Rev. Brent Bowen said he led the group to "reassure and bring hope to the campus." Catholics believe that bread and wine consecrated at Mass – also known as Eucharist – become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

The procession started at the church and traveled down State Street, along University Street, past Wilmeth Active Learning Center to the church. During the ceremony, the group sang hymns. Bowen encouraged students to take adequate measures to stay healthy. The church has stopped giving out consecrated wine during Mass, in line with many Catholic churches throughout the United States.