Christ the Hope of the Rich and Poor

27. December 2016 From the Field 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 From the Field 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

29. November 2016 From the Field 0
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 ...

Divine Appointments

30. October 2016 From the Field 0
On my first trip to the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima, I had no idea what God had in store for me. My simple intent was to learn more about a disaster relief project we’d collaborated on with the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. But God was working behind the scenes to accomplish something much ...

Into the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

25. October 2016 From the Field 0
Cross Catholic Outreach’s Haiti disaster response team is currently hard at work delivering meals and other crucially needed aid to survivors of Hurricane Matthew.   During its travels, the team has listened to firsthand accounts of that terrifying experience. One couple told how their house began to fall apart in the middle of the night. ...

Labor and Delivery in Chamilala

26. August 2016 From the Field 0
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.  ...

CROSS CATHOLIC OUTREACH RESPONDS TO BELIZE HURRICANE

12. August 2016 From the Field 0
Floods and high winds impacted ministry partners and left many poor families in need of aid Immediately after Hurricane Earl swept across Belize on August 4, our staff mobilized to help, working with our in-country parish partners to target aid to those in greatest need.  Our mission team flew to key areas and reported flooded ...

Freedom from Poverty in Jamaica

    “You don’t know how good you have it!” my mother would say when I refused finish the piece of chicken on my plate. It was an argument we had throughout my childhood. Once I saw a vein or accidentally ate a piece of fat, I threw a fit.  Dinner was over. She commanded ...

A Place to be Loved: St. Ann’s Orphanage

I recently returned from Guyana, where I visited Sr. Leonie and the spunky group of girls living at St. Ann’s Orphanage in the capitol city of Georgetown. At the home, orphaned, abandoned or displaced girls are educated, cared for, and raised in the Catholic faith. At the orphanage, girls who have experienced pain and rejection ...

Best Friends

13. July 2016 From the Field 0
When we dropped in on the children eating lunch at the Misioneros del Camino orphanage in Guatemala, we captured a precious moment: a 1-and-half year old in a highchair reaching for the hand of the child in the highchair beside her. The child on the left is Azucena, a girl who was brought to the ...