Ministry Matters – Blaze

Ava Kaloustian is a recent Bishop Eustace High School graduate and an alumnus of Christ the King Regional School. In August she is heading off to study nursing at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. When BLAZE was introduced to CTK two years ago, Ava was an integral part of the ministry’s success. I recently had the chance to interview Ava on her experience. -Veronica Spilker

What prompted you to ask about BLAZE starting at our parish? – Bishop Eustace assists all students to integrate service into their education, and seniors have the privilege of choosing where to serve. After discussing WWP with my mom and learning that WWP also has a group for younger girls, I was excited to serve girls younger than myself.

What was the process of bringing BLAZE to Christ the King? – With my mom’s guidance, it was a simple and positive experience. We met with Mrs. Hartman, the principal of Christ the King School, and Father Jon, and gratefully, they agreed that it was a great idea!

What has been one of your favorite parts of being involved as a high school leader for BLAZE? – Seeing the girls’ level of engagement in each aspect of the meetings and witnessing their enjoyment of the program. Most notable was their ability to ask thoughtful questions and watch their involvement in a competitive game!

In what ways did you grow in your faith while being involved in BLAZE? – It was a good reminder that my faith is a part of me and that God is always beside me. No matter what I might go through, a stressful day, or something more trying, I can always look to God.

What encouragement would you give to a middle schooler considering joining BLAZE? – It is a lot of fun! BLAZE helped me grow in my faith, develop my confidence, and appreciate my self-worth. Everyone involved in Blaze is friendly and is there for you if you need anything!

BLAZE returns to CTK on Friday November 10, 2023 at 3PM in Morgan Hall. For more information, email