Our Patron Saint

People wonder sometimes about the icon hanging on the wall of our conference room.  Its presence can be traced to our beginnings in 2001 when we started the custom of taking the first hour of the day for prayer and Bible study.  Soon there were ten of us gathered in the conference room every morning. ...

Tears of Joy in South Sudan

One of our directors, Mark Mosely, just returned from South Sudan. Mark oversees our procurement of donated goods and is involved in managing hundreds of overseas shipments each year, and he arrived back in the U.S. with great news about our recent emergency medical deliveries! But first, some background: The civil unrest that has shaken ...

Reliving Earthquake Traumas

When the devastating 7.0-magnitute earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, I was in the southern city of Les Cayes visiting a Cross project. There was a slight swaying of buildings and I remember wondering if it was worse elsewhere in the country. I’m a reluctant earthquake veteran – I’ve experienced several major quakes since I was ...

A Blessed Transformation in Haiti

14. April 2016 education, Haiti 0
  Just in the last decade, teacher Camineta Guillame has witnessed a transformation in the way Haitian students act.   Sometimes God’s revelations occur at the most unexpected times. I experienced one of those transformative moments on a recent mission trip in the Central Plains of Haiti. It was one of those rainy days, so ...

Heroes in Zone 18

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. – John 1:5 On my recent trip to Guatemala City, I learned firsthand what life is like for poor children from the toughest parts of town. Gang activity, domestic violence and extreme poverty are daily realities in the infamous area known as ...

You Are Loved

08. March 2016 women 0
As women, the challenge began with a serpent’s seemingly innocent question: “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden?’” Translation: “Eve, if God really loved you, why would he withhold something good from you? Do you have any real value to God?” While secular culture has doubled down on its ...

St. Valentine

14. February 2016 Saint 0
Valentine is a favorite saint, receiving recognition well beyond the influence of the Catholic Church because of his association with love and lovers. Hallmark Cards, florists, restaurants and chocolate makers all capitalize on the day dedicated to the memory of this saint. Surprisingly, very little is actually known about the man. There are two traditional ...

Creating change one student at a time

Creating change one student at a time
I recently met up with the Cross Catholic Outreach-sponsored students at the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), a university scholarship program for impoverished, high-achieving students throughout Haiti, and wow – this group is impressive. These committed students are all working toward their medical degrees at the University of Notre Dame (UNDH), the country’s only ...

St. Blaise

03. February 2016 Saint 0
St. Blaise
In the early fourth century, a physician named Blaise became the Bishop of Sebastea in Armenia (known today as Silvas, Turkey). “The Acts of St. Blaise” gives us a rare biographical sketch of the man, and it attributes many healings and miracles to him — both during his life and through his intercession after his ...

Amigos for Christ

01. February 2016 Uncategorized 0
During recent Sunday morning breakfast, my mother said there were “some things” we needed to discuss. I put down my cereal spoon and sighed loudly. As she’s gotten older, the phrase “some things to discuss” has become a euphemism for “estate planning.” Seeing my lack of enthusiasm, my Mom quoted Ecclesiastes 7:11 – a tactic ...