Hi, I'm America

I’m a 2nd year missionary from Belton, Texas.

What brought you to Christ in the City?

I fell in love with the poor, especially the homeless, volunteering at a local soup kitchen during college. After a couple of missionaries visited my Newman center and introduced us to the Christ in the City program and the spirituality of sitting with Mary and John at the foot of the Cross, my heart was stirred and I applied for Summer of Service (SOS). The joy and freedom I found living in intentional community and encountering Christ on the street during Boston SOS in 2022 led me to apply to a Year of Service.

How has Christ in the City helped you grow?

Christ in the City has been a space of both challenge and safety, providing an environment for me to learn to embrace my weaknesses as I begin to rest in the gaze of a loving God. Through my experiences of street ministry, prayer and the sacramental life, and the love and care of my brothers and sisters in community, I have received a hope that frees, a security in the Lord’s faithfulness that moves me to boldness and increases my capacity to love with an unselfish love.

A little about me…

I love greeting people with “Howdy!”, jamming out alternative rock, and the beaches of South Texas. I’m creative and enjoy painting and songwriting in my free time. My favorite part-time job was serving coffee and conversation at my Newman Center as a “Coffee Evangelist”. My favorite saint quote is from St. Joan of Arc: “It is better to be alone with God. His friendship will not fail me, nor His counsel, nor His love. In His strength, I will dare and dare and dare until I die.”