I’m a 1st year missionary from Chesterfield, MO.
What brought you to Christ in the City?
I first heard about Christ in the City from a friend at college less than a year ago, and right away it struck a deep chord in my heart. I was drawn by a desire to bring the love of Christ to those who are most unloved and neglected in our society- the poor and the homeless. After going on a spring break mission trip, I fell in love with the homeless and discovered how tangibly we can encounter Christ through them. They can teach us all so much about simplicity of heart and our own need for love. Since I desired an opportunity to give myself in service to God after graduation and live in a community seeking holiness, Christ in the City seemed like a good fit for me. I am also discerning religious life, so Christ in the City is a good opportunity for me to continue to grow in knowledge of myself and who God is calling me to be.
What are you looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to all the new relationships I will develop in the coming year, both with my fellow missionaries and with those I meet on the street. I am excited to live a life in community, rooted in prayer, the liturgy and the Eucharist, living every moment out of love for God and my brothers and sisters. I am also looking forward to getting to know and love the city of Philadelphia.
A bit about me
I am 22 years old, and my hometown is Chesterfield, MO, a suburb of St Louis (let’s go Cardinals!!). I come from a big Catholic family with 9 older siblings (6 brothers, 3 sisters). I love spending time with them and my nieces and nephews. I recently graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in Philosophy. During my time there, I was blessed to study abroad in Europe for a semester and visit many shrines and holy places. One of my favorites was Assisi, home of St Francis, because it is incredibly peaceful and beautiful. In my free time, I love playing guitar, singing, playing board games, and reading just about anything I can get my hands on, but especially the lives of the saints. I enjoy playing sports and yard games with friends, such as basketball, pickleball, and spikeball. I also like cooking and baking, and have a passion for chocolate chip cookies!