MCKENZIE DAO

Hometown: Lindsay, TX

Ministry at Ablaze: Recruiting

Contact: mckenzie@ablaze.us, 979-200-2888 ext. 705

Education: B.S. in Zoology with minor in Neuroscience from Texas A&M University

Ministry Background: In college I became involved in many organizations through St. Mary’s Catholic Church in College Station, and served as the small group leader for them. I staffed many Awakenings, adopting roles of leading the those attending, serving them, or just lifting them up. In SMYRT (Saint Mary’s Youth Retreat Team) I staffed a confirmation retreat for high schoolers, leading small group discussions, performing skits, and making them feel welcome.

After graduation in 2016, I was hired by Ablaze as the Outreach Missionary at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan. In my role, I helped the middle school youth minister with their youth nights and ran the Rites of Christian Initiation for teens who had not yet received First Communion and/or Baptism. Near the end of my first year of ministry, I became the middle school youth minister and served in that role until May 2018. Currently I reside in Austin, TX and encourage people to consider joining our wonderful staff as missionaries!

Passions and interests: I love reading, learning more about the Catholic faith, wishing I had a dog, and trying new food places with my husband Joey. 

How did you become involved with Ablaze/why are you involved? After staffing a confirmation retreat for high school youth through Saint Mary’s Youth Retreat Team, I became aware of how much I enjoyed working with people and sharing my faith. I realized that I did want to work with youth in some way, and I began to look at ministry positions. I wanted to learn more about my faith and teach others about it. After I got married I moved to Austin and had to leave youth ministry, but I am so blessed that I get to still serve Ablaze as the recruiter! 

Favorite quotes and Bible Verses:

“The Lord himself will fight for you; you only have to keep still.”
-Exodus 14:14

“The ways of the Lord are not comfortable, but we were not created for comfort, but for greatness, for good.”
-Pope Benedict XVI

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
-C.S. Lewis