Christ in the City is a Catholic non-profit dedicated to forming missionaries, volunteers and communities in
KNOWING, LOVING and SERVING the poor.
Christ in the City began its work with Denver’s poorest in the summer of 2010. The organization began under the auspices of Catholic Charities in Denver as a way to form young people to be life-long missionaries.
In the 2011, CIC was adopted by the Christian Life Movement (CLM) as the service arm of their mission in the United States. Missionaries are spiritually guided by the priests and lay men and women of the Christian Life Movement, whose community plays a vital role in the spiritual formation of Christ in the City.
Our Four Pillars of Formation
“God has placed in the heart a desire to know truth.”
Missionaries participate in accredited masters and college level courses through partnerships with University of Mary and the Augustine Institute. Education in the truths of the Catholic faith and it’s social justice teachings allow us to better apply faith and reason to our daily work and lives. Thank you to Our Sunday Visitor for helping make this possible.
“You cannot give what you do not have.”
In order to bring the love of Christ to others, we must first experience Him ourselves. Missionaries deepen their relationship with Christ every day through prayer, Mass, Liturgy of the Hours and personal prayer time. In addition, missionaries have weekly group dialogues, are offered spiritual direction and are guided by members of the Christian Life Movement.
“Community life is the greatest school of Love.”
The most important of our four pillars. In human formation we develop the human qualities and character of each missionary. Community life allows us to grow in self-knowledge and to learn how to be holy in the practical demands of human life.
“You cannot love what you do not know.”
The homeless are often served materially by people yet go unknown by anyone and therefore unloved. Our ministry is unique in that we specialize in not only serving the poor but in knowing, loving and serving the poor. We have found authentic friendship can transform a life and often affect the following types of change in a person, namely: Freedom from addiction, meaningful work, housing and reconciliation with God.
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.