CLARE

My name’s Clare and I’m a 1st-year Christ in the City missionary from Norristown, PA.

What brought me to Christ in the City

I first came to Christ in the City for a mission trip my freshman year of college. That week changed everything for me because seeing Catholic young adults who were Christ-centered, faithful, and also wanted to serve those in need made me want that radical love in my own life. I knew the Lord was inviting me to grow in humility and generosity this upcoming year, and every day is an opportunity for that as a CIC missionary.

How Christ in the City has helped me grow

I have seen myself grow in self-knowledge of my own poverty, and in recognizing my need to depend on the Lord for everything. If I try to know, love, and serve the poor with my own strength, I am quickly depleted and even angry with my own limitations. However, I am growing in trust that the Lord is the one who will sustain me, and He always generously teaches me to love with a better heart–His Sacred Heart. I have also grown in leaning on my community by letting them know me and serve me. Vulnerability has borne fruit into beautiful friendship, and has helped me navigate these new depths of love conformed to the love of Christ.

A bit about me

I am a people-person, so I have always loved spending my time playing team sports, game nights, and getting together with friends. Volleyball was my biggest passion growing up, but in recent years it has been replaced with travel and Jesus, both of which led me to study abroad twice in college. I also love to read, write, and to learn about different topics covering an interesting range from theology to international relations to Swahili. You can catch me most days in my natural habitat: throwing together an ad-lib dinner for my friends while taking notes on the podcast I’m playing at double speed.