Hi, I'm Mason

I’m a 1st year missionary from Baton Rouge, Louisiana!

What brought you to Christ in the City?

I first heard about Christ in the City from a friend and former CIC missionary during my freshman year of college. He started a street ministry at LSU and the first time I went I truly encountered Christ in the poor. And there was just this desire to keep encountering Christ in the poor. I would keep being involved with street ministry throughout all of my time in college. During my sophomore year, on a mission trip, a priest recommended me to do a summer with CIC.  So, I did a three-week summer of service with Christ in the City in Dayton, Ohio in the summer of 2023. I would describe those three weeks as simply life-giving. It is a mission about relationships. First growing in relationship with God, growing in relationships with the community of CIC missionaries, and growing in relationships with those who have experience a poverty of friendship, the poor. I loved it so much I applied for another summer in Dallas right when the applications opened. Throughout this past year, I had a strong desire to give more of myself to the Lord through the mission of Christ in the City. To learn how to love him and the human person more. So, I took a leap of faith and applied for a year of service with Christ in the City. 

What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to the community aspect of CIC. During my two summers with CIC, I really loved how much time we spent with the other missionaries. We do everything together. You have the opportunity to really get to know the other people in your community and grow in friendship, and that is such a gift. I’m also really excited to do street ministry. With the street ministry at LSU, we went out on the streets once a week on Sundays. To have the opportunity to go out on the streets several times a week with CIC, allows me to build deeper friendships with those I encounter on the streets in Philidelphia. I’m also really excited to live in the “city of brotherly love” this year. 

A little bit about me…

I am the son of two loving parents. I have two awesome brothers as well. I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I love to spend time with friends, read, and play sports, especially basketball! I graduated at Catholic Highschool in Baton, Rouge (Go Bears!) and I wrestled during my time there. I have been in college the past three years at LSU, and lived in a Catholic fraternity house for two of those years called the St. John Paul II house. The Lord has blessed with so many friends and what I would call brothers from living in that house. My confirmation saint is Saint John the Beloved! I also have a very distinct chuckle as a laugh and have an awkward humor 🙂