Cardinal William Keeler: Patron of Charity in Word and Deed

30. March 2017 Uncategorized 0
Cardinal William Henry Keeler, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore, died on March 23rd 2017.  In that moment, Cross Catholic Outreach gained a new intercessor in heaven for its work here on earth, for at the beginning of the history of its foundation, it was Cardinal Keeler who envisioned the possibilities of what great work could be ...

Haitians Eating Dirt to Fill Their Bellies

01. February 2017 Haiti 4
I had heard about hungry Haitian children eating mud cookies to fill their empty bellies but I had never actually seen mud cookies with my own eyes — until I traveled to the slums of Ouanaminthe, located on Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic. I was on a mission trip, walking the streets in this ...

Going to Battle for Our Partners

18. January 2017 Haiti, Hurricane Relief 0
As Cross Catholic Outreach’s Haiti Project  Manager – and someone who has lived in Haiti for six years – it’s impossible for me to be objective about the impact of Hurricane Matthew. It’s been three months since the killer storm battered Haiti’s southern peninsula, and yet I feel the raw pain of the people as ...

Christ the Hope of the Rich and Poor

27. December 2016 Uncategorized 0
It felt wrong to reach for my water bottle. The thirst was a perpetual itch just beyond hand’s reach. Throughout the week, we’d been traveling from one remote village to the next — each a nearly identical sprawl of thatched-roof houses, dirt paths and sun-scorched farmland. We were here to meet families in urgent need ...

Living Water for the People of Lodwar

16. December 2016 Africa, poverty, water, women 0
On my recent visit to Kenya, I was blessed to go to the Diocese of Lodwar, home of the Turkana people, to attend a blessing ceremony of a well. Lodwar is in northwestern Kenya, and the climate there is hot and extremely arid.  The Turkana people are seminomadic pastoralists who travel from place to place ...

Pray for Haiti

In September – literally two days before Hurricane Matthew devastated the southern peninsula of Haiti – I was in the country for the dedication of two schools. Sadly, one of those missions was damaged by the storm. Just two months have passed since Matthew made landfall, and already the news media has moved on.  This ...

Heaven’s Heroes

28. October 2016 Uncategorized 0
Our culture is obsessed with the superhero narrative, and to be honest, I too have wished that Superman, Batman, or Captain America would get involved in some of our current events. Even though Superman does not soar into our lives to save us from burning buildings, I’m convinced we live among different heroes. These are ...

Love that Heals

11. October 2016 Uncategorized 0
On my recent visit to Meru, Kenya, I met Father Francis, a diocesan priest who has been called by God to rescue hundreds of orphans and street children. After spending only a few minutes with Fr. Francis, it was easy to see what made him successful.  Behind a wide smile and gregarious personality, I discovered ...

Labor and Delivery in Chamilala

On a recent Cross Catholic Outreach trip, I had the opportunity to share time with 20 incredibly brave mothers in the diocese’s impoverished Chamilala Valley area, where childbirth is a fearful, often tragic experience.   It struck me as ironic, coming from the U.S., where the sanctity of life in the womb is so often questioned.  ...