Welcome Martina Ricca, Amate House Fellow Outreach Coordinator - Aug. 2021

Howdy everyone! My name is Martina Ricca, and I am from Fort Worth, Texas. I grew up attending Catholic school, and was actively involved in service groups at church and school. In May, I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Psychology. Through my studies, I discovered a passion for the intricate workings of the brain and mental and emotional health. I am a huge sports fan, I love chasing sunsets, and I could talk your ear off about all things “Texas.” I recently moved to Chicago as a member of the Amate House program which places young adults in intentional living communities to allow them to work with different non-profit establishments to serve the greater Chicago area. I am equally excited and blessed to be serving your beloved community this year as the Coordinator of Community Outreach. The decision to come to Chicago was rooted mostly in the desire to serve a diversely different population from the one I have been exposed to for the majority of my life. I look forward to learning about the city, the parish, and the surrounding community!

Growing up in Texas instilled in me the values of hospitality and kindness. Through lessons at school, the Church, and my home, I came to realize that each person has the desire to be seen, to be known, and to be loved. These desires, along with the failure to meet them, shape the way one treats others. Unfortunately, many in and around our community have been failed by others when it comes to meeting those needs and other more logistic needs like hunger, shelter, and healthcare. It is my hope, on personal and communal levels, that this parish community is open to encountering these individuals, with a genuine desire to see, know, and love them. Through our joint efforts, we can ensure that Saint Clement is acting out of charity and working towards justice for these individuals who are not privileged in the same ways as we are. My intention is to build upon the programs the parish currently has in place, and hopefully implement new programs to reach larger populations.

Looking at the parish mission statement, I am confident in the commitment this parish has to stand in solidarity and subsidiarity with the inhabitants of Chicago. In seeking a wider scope of service, we open the doors to a greater communion within this parish and outside of the parish, thus resulting in a deeper holiness for all. With a greater understanding of and love for service, I truly believe this parish will change the world. Thank you very much for accepting me and including me as we journey together. I look forward to meeting you all and learning the unique beauty and grace that makes Saint Clement your home.