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My name’s Jay and I’m a 1st year Christ in the City missionary from Long Island, NY.

What brought you to Christ in the City?

What brought me to Christ in the City is the way of life, which I experienced first-hand after spending 3 weeks with Christ in the City in Boston. It was a life-changing experience, and I never knew one could form such deep relationships, and come so much closer to God in only 3 weeks. The life of prayer, community, and service are all what attracts me so strongly to life at CIC. One easily recognizes the foundation that a life of prayer provides, the beauty and growth that lies within community, and the complete giving over of yourself to Christ when serving and loving others.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m so excited for the growth that will come out of all of it, in giving more of myself, growing closer to God, and getting to know and form bonds with those whom I’ll be serving Christ with. I have made this remark often, but I see a year at Christ in the City as a treasure trove full of growth, and I cannot wait to begin discovering all of the treasure!

A bit about me

I’m 19 years old, born and raised in New York in a loud and loving Dominican household. Right now I’m discerning a call to religious life, so this opportunity to serve will also be an opportunity for me to discern the calling to religious life that I have felt tugging at my heart. I really enjoy sports, especially basketball and baseball, but it’s always best when it’s with other people (and besides, how can you even play baseball alone?); I also love taking time to read and to write, it’s always a refreshing way for me to rest.


everyone deserves
to be known & loved

If you join me in the mission as a monthly supporter, you will also become part of Known & Loved, Christ in the City’s monthly giving community! We are so grateful for our monthly supporters and their consistent generosity which makes it possible for us missionaries to be formed and reach out the homeless all year-long.

Watch Zach’s testimony below to hear what it means to him to be Known & Loved.