Hometown: Pearland, Texas
Ministry Position: Intern
Education: Currently a student at Texas A&M University studying Child Professional Services with a double minor in Sociology and Creative Studies
Ministry Background: In high school, I was highly active in my youth ministry program. After my confirmation in 2016, I returned as an assistant youth catechist. During this time, I had the privilege of leading small groups, being an emcee, leading praise and worship, and staffing retreats. I didn’t quite understand why I was doing this all of this until I attended Brave the Wilderness, a summer camp for my deanery, after my senior year of high school. There, I encountered the Lord’s love and mercy in a totally different way. It was there that I learned everything I do is to praise and glorify the Lord. Coming into Texas A&M University, understanding this truth, I sought to serve within ministry in this beautiful way and began with music ministry at St. Mary’s Catholic Center. I am currently diving deeper into music ministry and serving as the Ablaze intern at St. Joseph’s.
Passions and Interests: I love to sing and play guitar, piano, drums, really anything I can get my hands on! Impromptu jam sessions with my roommates and friends are always such a joy. I enjoy spending time outdoors, taking walks, running, hiking, sitting, napping, or really doing anything outdoors. I love to play almost every sport that involves running around, especially Ultimate Frisbee. What I love most about all of these things is that I get to appreciate the gift of beauty that God has given to us so abundantly in endless unique ways.
How did you become involved with Ablaze/Why are you involved? Entering college, I was still very interested in being involved in youth ministry in some way, so I looked around and I found Ablaze. Jalyn Gonzales, the youth minister at St. Mary’s in Brenham, invited me out to help with praise and worship at a few of their youth nights and from there I began my journey with Ablaze. A few months later, I received an unexpected invitation from a friend to come to St. Joseph’s and help with their youth night and as I was in small group, I realized there was something special. Something significant was present within the youth. They each had an uncorrupted pure love for those around them. I knew this was important and something that I wanted to protect and to teach them to preserve and share. This love they have is very good and they can share this with those around them. Because of this, I have been a part of St. Joseph’s team since!
Favorite Quotes & Bible Verse
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30
“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!”
– St. Catherine of Siena
“To live without a Faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for Truth, that is not living, but existing.”
– Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati