Position at Ablaze: Spring Intern
Hometown: Defiance, MO
Education: Earning a B.S. in Child & Family Development: Family Studies from Missouri State University, Class of 2020
Nearing the end of my freshman year of college, I answered the call to serve as a Totus Tuus teacher for the Archdiocese of St. Louis for the summer of 2017. I returned in 2018 for a second summer to serve as a Team Lead, and I had the opportunity to travel with my team to serve youth and their families on the military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. My experience with Totus Tuus sparked my desire to pursue ministry full-time and create catechetical resources for families after college.
During my time in college, I have been involved with Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) on Missouri State University’s campus, where I participated in small groups, our annual Awakening retreat, fundraising events, faith and leadership formation training, and received the Sacraments regularly.
Currently, I am the Youth Ministry Intern for Ablaze in the St. Louis region, where I contribute to the planning and execution of both middle school and high school programming. As part of my internship project, I am also working to create resources specific to parents and families.
Passions and Interests: I love spending time with the amazing community that God has brought into my life, participating in just about any outdoorsy activity, spending time in prayer, writing, painting, and consuming peanut butter as its own food group!
How did you become involved with Ablaze/why are you involved?
I first learned about Ablaze when I went on SEEK 2017, but I didn’t give this wonderful Texas-based ministry much thought after I took the free sticker and information pamphlet at their booth and walked away. Almost three years later, as I was searching for an internship to complete my college degree, I learned that Ablaze had recently started a youth program in the St. Louis area. Trusting in God’s will and timing, I prayerfully applied for the Youth Ministry Intern position!
I am involved with Ablaze now because I believe the Lord will always provide better opportunities for us to serve Him than we could ever dream up for ourselves. I aim to worship and serve the Lord in all areas of my life, and just having the chance to share God’s radical love with middle schoolers and high schoolers week in and week out brings me insurmountable joy!
Favorite Quotes/Bible Verses:
“Not my will, but yours be done.” – Luke 22:42
“Don’t wait until you are old to start becoming a saint. Begin right now.” – Saint Josemaria Escriva
“It is Jesus you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.” – Pope Saint John Paul II