DAVID CITY (SNR/AHS) – Blake Brouillette, a missionary with Christ in the City, visited Aquinas Catholic Middle and High School April 18.
Christ in the City is a Catholic non-profit dedicated to knowing, loving and serving the poor of Denver. Brouillette has served as a Christ in the City Missionary for almost two years.
Brouillette attended St. Cecilia High School in Hastings and was a member of two state championship football teams and was a state champion in pole vaulting.
“I defined myself by my accomplishments,” Brouillette told Aquinas students. He said this belief is common among today’s youth, but it is not applicable in the real world.
Championships do not complete a person, he explained, only God can do that.
During his senior year, Brouillette attended a Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) retreat sponsored by the Diocese of Lincoln.
“I didn’t know that God actually loved me” Brouillette said, “until TEC.” The TEC retreat is specially designed for high school juniors and seniors, to encourage a personal relationship with Christ.
With his newfound relationship with Christ, Blake’s plans of majoring in pre-med, getting married, having a family, and having a happy life, were no longer good enough.
“God has bigger plans than I thought possible,” he explained. He went on a week-long mission trip with Christ in the City, then a summer, then a year, then another.
Christ in the City Missionaries provide consistency to chronically homeless who have given up hope.
“We give the one thing that can’t be paid back, time.” Brouillette explained. “We waste time with the homeless.”
Brouillette shared a heartbreaking story that one homeless person went three months before hearing anyone say his name. Another person told Brouillette she never had a true friend who didn’t expect something in return.
Loneliness is not only in the homeless, he reminded the students, explaining that if one can erase someone’s loneliness, it changes their life.
“You can begin that at Aquinas,” he said
Father Benjamin Holdren, a teacher at Aquinas, will take a group of Aquinas seniors this summer to serve on a week-long mission trip with Christ in the City. This will be the second time Aquinas has gone to Denver to help serve the poor.