Hi, I'm Irene

I’m a first year missionary from San Jose, Costa Rica.

What brought you to Christ in the City?

A few years ago, I met a former CIC missionary and was struck by her inner peace and confidence in God, but even more so by the way she talked about the poor as friends. Fast forward to the 2024 Seek conference, where I got to know a few other CIC staff members. This time, I thought there was something authentic and attractive about their joy and sense of friendship. These witnesses sparked my curiosity, and for the first time, I asked myself, “What if the Lord asked me to do a year of service?” After praying about it, I decided to apply. It wasn’t until I visited CIC that I understood that the reverence for the poor, peace, joy, and friendship that had originally impressed me were not accidental, but the result of the CIC way of life. During those few days, a phrase from the Catechism kept coming to mind: “Those who are oppressed by poverty are the object of a preferential love on the part of the Church.” Offering this preferential love to the poor is my hope for this year. 

What are you looking forward to?

I am looking forward to serving the poor in a radical way, living simply, praying more and enjoying some blue Denver skies.

A bit about me

I come from Costa Rica and am the oldest of three sisters. I studied Industrial Engineering, but for the past three and a half years, I have been working as a financial analyst. In my free time, I enjoy training for open water swimming, hiking and exploring Costa Rica, and learning to shoot film. Besides churches, art museums are my favorite places to visit and some of the most transformative experiences of my life have occurred in front of a piece of art. I love Sundays, folklore in all its forms, basic pop music, stories of redemption, and my friends.