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Our Founding

Ablaze Mission was founded in 2021 on October 22 to coincide with the feast day of St. John Paul II. He is the pope who turned the eyes of the Church toward young adults through instituting World Youth Day (for ages 16-35). WYD Denver in 1993 prompted the U.S. Bishops to write a pastoral plan for ministry with young adults.

Saint John Paul II with young adults

Our Name

"Ablaze" comes from a popular quotation of St. Catherine of Siena: “If you are who you are meant to be, you will set the world ablaze!” We strive to set the hearts of young adults ablaze with the Holy Spirit, who sends them out to set the world on fire as missionary disciples.

"Mission" inherently takes place outside the walls of our churches among the people. Lay Christians are uniquely called to witness and proclaim the Gospel out in the world at our workplace, home, and wherever else we find ourselves. The term "mission" best describes the purpose of this apostolate – going out to young adults – since the majority of them are not coming to our churches.

Our Catholicity

We are committed to carrying out our mission in accord with the teaching of the Catholic Church. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend endorses this organization as a Catholic entity and we are listed in the Official Catholic Directory.

Read this wonderful article about Ablaze Mission in Today's Catholic, the newspaper for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

“If you are who you are meant to be, you will set the world ablaze!”

St. Catherine of Siena

Bishop with Young Adults

“I am convinced that Ablaze Mission has much potential to inspire our young people to embrace a life of discipleship and be missionaries, agents of evangelization, among their peers and beyond.”

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

St. John Paul II, pray for us!

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