An Unsung Hero: Bernard “Bingo” Philo-Jacques

06. August 2018 Haiti 0
In past blogs, I have focused a lot of attention on mission leaders. But I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to call out the unsung heroes I meet in my travels – the dedicated servants of Christ who you don’t often hear about, but who are known and loved by all ...

Good News: Clean Water for the Village of Catanamatias!

Cross Catholic Outreach just received this photo from our ministry partner FUNDASEP in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to gifts from our generous supporters, Bishop Jose Grullón Estrella recently dedicated this water system in the village of Catanamatias. Before the system was installed, poor villagers walked miles in mountainous terrain to collect contaminated water. Because of ...

Nomads No More

Project: Baraka Catholic Kindergarten Location: Kenya In Kenya’s Rift Valley, the Maasai tribe has been living a nomadic lifestyle for generations. Father John Fortune is evangelizing the Maasai through education and spiritual formation in the village of Ewuaso Kedong. Because of the school, both children and adults have been baptized into the Catholic faith. Thanks ...

They Used to Pray for Food

Project: Casa Hogar Copainala Home For Girls Location: Mexico There was a time when the Salesian Sisters running Casa Hogar Copainala Home for Girls in Mexico were desperate because they had difficulty finding resources to purchase food for the children in their care. With no money to buy groceries, the nuns would gather the girls ...

Decoding Pentecost

Pentecost is one of those words that sounds very religious – for a good reason. Pentecost is a feast day celebrated 50 days after Easter. The word “pentecost” is rooted in Greek for “fiftieth“. You might observe the similarity in a word like “pentagon” which is a five-sided shape. So much of our sacred language ...

One Priest. One Faith. 31 Congregations.

Once a month, Father Juan Reyes celebrates Mass at this makeshift chapel in Batey #2.  The Batey is one of many communities formed by poor Haitian immigrants who have migrated to the Dominican Republic in search of gainful employment in the sugar cane fields. Fr. Juan travels to an astonishing 30 remote locations like this ...

A Country of Contrast

Nicaragua is a nation of contrasts, fittingly earning its reputation as “the land of fire and water” (a reference to its many volcanoes and lakes).  But contrasts of a more serious kind are also part of the picture. Nicaragua possesses great beauty… as well as great poverty. On a recent trip to visit this complex ...