Hi, I'm Brian

I’m a first year missionary from Houston, TX.

What brought you to Christ in the City?

The desire to build a foundation for a life of service to God, my family, and my community. During the fall of my senior year of college, I decided that I wanted to take a year to serve the poor before I went to law school. I asked around my Catholic community on campus for mission organizations and was told about Christ in the City. I visited in January, and that was it for me: I believed in Christ in the City’s unique approach to serving the poorest in our midst, and I believed in its ability to help me grow into the kind of man that I want to be before embarking upon the rest of my life.

What are you looking forward to?

Becoming a better man. I look forward to growing in the virtues of charity and humility, to deepening my prayer life, and to walking more closely with God for the rest of my days.

A bit about me

Covid wiped out the spring of my senior year of high school and then my entire freshman year of college (couldn’t have picked a worst time to move to the San Francisco Bay Area). During high school, I had little if any relationship with God; however, while quarantined at home, I came to increasingly believe in His existence and to increasingly desire to live in accordance with His will. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn particularly touched me during this time. I started going to church that summer and practiced as a Protestant for about a year and a half before I decided to become Catholic, and I was confirmed in the Church at the Easter Vigil in 2023. I’m planning on going to law school, and I eventually want to start a real estate development company that builds beautiful places for people to live in communion with others and imbue their lives with a greater sense of meaning.