Steward of Saint Peter Mark Bauman and Archbishop Nelson Perez

While the Foundation works to serve the most vulnerable around the world, many Stewards of Saint Peter do amazing, beautiful work here in the United States to help the poor as well. One such Steward is Mark Bauman.

Mark is President of the Board of Christ in the City, and over the last eleven years this Denver-based apostolate has sought to bring Jesus’ healing love to the homeless, and at the same time, to form young people to be missionaries in today’s world.

In working with the homeless on the streets of Denver, Christ in the City has focused on showing each person that they matter, and that the path to healing happens through healthy relationships with other people. In this way, Christ in the City is addressing poverty at its core by inviting the homeless into a community where they are seen, known, and loved. You can learn more about Mark’s involvement with Christ in the City and the great work of the apostolate by watching this video below:

Mark traveled to the City of Brotherly Love recently with Christ in the City Founder Jonathan Reyes and Executive Director Eduardo Regal because Christ in the City is expanding beyond Denver for the first time and is now set to serve the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Christ in the City’s 13 missionaries have taken up residence at St. John Cantius Parish in Northeast Philly, and are beginning their year of service program, to go out and encounter those who live on the streets of Philadelphia.

I recently had the opportunity to meet Mark, Jonathan and Eduardo, their Philly staff and the impressive roster of young adult missionaries, as I learned more about the apostolate at a beautiful open house and dinner held on November 3.

Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson Perez, along with other great Church leaders, including Catholic Leadership Institute founder Tim Flanagan, Becket Fund COO and EWTN host Montse Alvarado, and Dr. John Haas, president emeritus of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, were on hand to welcome Christ in the City for their Philly kick-off.

Archbishop Nelson Perez with the Christ in the City Missionaries

Archbishop Perez with CIC Missionaries, Montse Alvarado and Eduardo Regal

Archbishop Perez and one of the Missionaries, were excited about Game 5 of the World Series, the same night as the Open House.

Having listened to Mark, Jonathan and Eduardo speak about the impact their ministry is having, as well as to have heard the testimonials of the young women and men who are dedicating the next year of their lives to accompanying the homeless, it’s clear what a beautiful gift it is to have Christ in the City not only in Denver, but now in the Foundation’s home town. We will be able to witness first-hand how the missionaries show their own special brand of Brotherly – and Sisterly – Love!