During these thirty years that Roberto Costa has led Hogar de Cristo, he has been called “the lucky one.” He is considered “fortunate” because God took out of his country and away from his family to place him in his true destiny: to work with the poor, excluded and vulnerable in Ecuador.
Here he found the precious gem and hidden treasure. The poor evangelized him and in every one of them he saw Christ himself. There is no doubt that these three decades of service have been the happiest of his life while at the same time making others happy. It was a high risk adventure working closely with God, the successes of which are hundreds of thousands in number.
Roberto is very humble, recognizing that he has only been an instrument in God’s hands. He thinks it would have been difficult for him to serve so many families without the wonderful human resources team that has supported him. Roberto has dedicated his several awards to his team and the public with affection and gratitude, including his recent Isabel la Católica of the King of Spain award.
As a true child of God, he has succeeded in giving way to a new fellow Jesuit to take the baton and continue this monumental work. He is now going back to his homeland to, from there, continue to support the work of Viviendas del Hogar de Cristo. The task is not easy because it must “draw water from dry swells,” as he points out, but we know his heart still goes out to the poor of Ecuador.
If Roberto is considered “lucky” we too have been “lucky” and thank God that he spent three decades in Ecuador, having worked with him and sharing dreams and occupations. The greatest legacy he leaves is his teachings and experiences of love and service.
Roberto, we wish you success in your new mission. May the Lord be with you always and know you are in our prayers. We cannot thank you enough for all you have done.
-Department of Human Resources, Hogar de Cristo