The Church in the jungle

05. July 2011 children, education 0
Fr. Montalvo is a recent arrival to the Santa Rosa Mission in Guyana. Originally from Peru, he tells us he is thrilled to be working in Guyana, and he stresses the continuing importance of the Cross Catholic-funded school feeding program he helps manage. “Fifteen years ago I said I wanted to work in Guyana. Now ...

What Makes This Nun Tick

09. June 2011 children, orphanage 0
When I talk to nuns and priests overseas who spend their lives ministering to the poor, I often wonder what makes them tick. I especially wondered that about Sr. Mary Peter. She runs St. Ann’s Home in Georgetown Guyana, which used to be a traditional orphanage for girls but is now a home mostly for ...

“My burden is light”

Have you ever tried to carry a bundle of firewood on your head? Or balance a bucket of water? I get a headache just from wearing a snug baseball cap, let alone using my skull as a transportation device! But you’d be surprised what a person can do when there are no other options. And ...

God’s beautiful children

19. May 2011 Asia, children 0
The handicapped Filipino girl glowed as she was brought out on stage in a little white dress and pink bow. People often talk about getting their “fifteen minutes of fame,” and this was hers. With some help (well, maybe a lot of help) from two adult dancers, the girl participated in a piece of performance ...

A Big Impact for the Poor

When Sister Irene Duval of the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor first arrived in the village of Viloux, Haiti, she wanted to serve children—but she couldn’t exactly figure out how, until she discovered a need she could meet with support from Cross Catholic. “When I came here, it was a quiet little town and ...

A royal flush

Why am I posting a photo of the little boys’ and little girls’ rooms at La Buena Esperanza school? Because in the slums of Peru, indoor plumbing is as rare as an ipod in an Amish chapel. After passing over dirt roads, breathing in dry, dusty air, and seeing the rows of simple wood shanties ...

What a Difference a Meal Makes

Since education paves a path out of poverty, we’re glad to help poor children make the most of their time in school. Especially when just getting to school is half the battle. Take the kids in rural Aripiaco, Guyana, for instance. Fr. Javier Correa recently took a few of us up river by speedboat to ...

Reacting to Injustice

The recent conflicts in countries throughout the Middle East offer a glimpse of what can happen when people feel they’ve been treated unjustly. The result of perceived injustice can range from peaceful protests that bring about change to dangerous riots or clashes between citizens and the government. As it does on so many topics, the ...

From Hurting to Healing

“I wish my mother was alive today to see this house.” That’s what David Massinga said through his tears when he and his sisters first moved into a new home given to them by Cross International Catholic Outreach and its generous benefactors through one of our ministry partners in Mozambique. The Massinga children were hurting ...