The history of Ablaze Ministries starts with an organization named Collaborative Catholic Formation Ministries (CCFM). Matt Rice, with the support of family, friends, and fellow youth ministers, began CCFM in August of 2011. It was created to support those working in Catholic youth ministry while developing youth programs that sustain change and effectively catechize the youth and volunteers involved.
CCFM began by facilitating the middle school formation program at St. Joseph’s Church in Bryan, Texas. By July of 2012, it had expanded to St. Mary’s Church in Caldwell, Texas, taking over both middle school & high school formation programs. CCFM also created the Ignite program to cover middle school formation, as well as the Journey program for high school formation.
In 2013, CCFM launched the first Revive Youth Rally in addition to the first Enlisted event. By the end of 2016, CCFM had expanded to eight programs in four churches and one Catholic school near the Brazos Valley.
In March 2016, Collaborative Catholics Formation Ministries was re-named as Ablaze Ministries to truly represent the spirit at work within the staff.
I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!