New Chairman, Same Mission

09. May 2013 thank you 0
Please give a warm welcome to our new chairman of the board, Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi! As you may know, Archbishop Rodi has a long history with Cross Catholic Outreach as a trusted and faithful member of our board of directors – and he brings an impressive resume. Since his ordination to the priesthood in ...

Thank You, Bishop Jacobs!

After more than a decade of faithful service with our ministry, and nearly 50 years in the priesthood, Bishop Sam Jacobs, chairman and founding board member of Cross Catholic Outreach, has announced his retirement. We are deeply grateful for the compassionate servant-leadership Bishop Jacobs has provided for us while also fulfilling his responsibilities in the ...

Honorable Mentions in Haiti

18. April 2013 Haiti 0
Evens, Senat, Lifaite and Ecclesias are still living in the Village, but no longer just as receivers of goodwill. They are also givers. They’ve been reaching out to poor children in a small community near Camp-Perrin with food, fun and guidance. Most of the children they’re working with have illiterate parents and, unless someone intervenes, ...

Rescuing Girls in Kenya

16. April 2013 Africa, children 0
There’s a long-running debate in the mission field about when to embrace local customs and when to resist them. How do we draw the line between mere cultural differences and a serious ethical rift? Sometimes, though, we come across a tradition so antithetical to Christ’s love that there is no gray area. One such practice ...

He is Risen!

28. March 2013 Easter 0
We’re at an interesting point in the religious calendar, sandwiched between the Annunciation and Easter – the beginning and end of the Gospel story – within a week of each other. The proximity drives home the point that what makes Monday’s Annunciation so glorious is Friday’s crucifixion and Sunday’s resurrection. We care about a Jewish ...

Message from Ethiopia

26. March 2013 charity, women 0
Sister Brikti Tesfay of the Daughters of Charity sends us thanks from Ethiopia, where Cross Catholic Outreach is funding a project to help vulnerable women attain financial stability. Sr. Brikti writes: Working with the poor is morally empowering. Every day I listen to their stories. When I let them narrate their stories, I see on ...

Thoughts for St. Joseph’s Day

19. March 2013 Faith, Feast Day, Saint 0
Little is known about the life of St. Joseph. Back in the 1st century, there were no paparazzi to spy on the daily activities of all of Jesus’ family members. But the basic facts are impressive enough: a simple Jewish carpenter, a “righteous man,” appointed with the responsibility of raising God’s own Son. I’m not ...