What a difference a nun makes

13. November 2012 Haiti, Priests & Nuns 0
Through support from Cross Catholic Outreach, Sr. Irene Claire Duval, of the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, has been able to provide food, clothing and other necessities to Enit’s impoverished family. I asked Enit to describe the changes this dynamic nun has made in their rural village of Viloux, Haiti. I expected to hear ...

Freedom through Prison Ministry

06. November 2012 Haiti, Saint 0
It is fitting that today is the feast day of St. Leonard, the patron saint of imprisoned people. St. Leonard is remembered for his compassion and active belief in the Lord’s redemption of prisoners. He always offered an outstretched arm, giving former prisoners honest work upon their release—an invaluable opportunity to start life afresh. His ...

The Kingdom of God

Today’s Gospel reading is from Luke 13, which asks: “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it with?” Christ responded by saying: “It is like a mustard seed which a man took and threw into his garden: it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air sheltered in ...

Class of 2012

18. October 2012 education, Haiti 0
In Les Cayes, Haiti, Fr. Marc Boisvert recently held a graduation ceremony for his vocational school class of 2012. What an awesome sight to see these young men and women – who first came to the Cross Catholic Outreach supported Espwa Village as poor, hungry, ragged orphans and vulnerable children – now dressed in caps ...

Called to Serve the Poor

09. October 2012 Haiti 0
When Sr. Irene Claire Duval went to Haiti at the behest of her Mother Superior of the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, she showed up in Viloux – a poor village recommended by the bishop — and basically said, “I’m here! How can I serve you?” Since then, through support from Cross Catholic Outreach, ...

Joy in Haiti

05. September 2012 Haiti 0
I recently got back from a whirlwind trip to Haiti. There were so many people I talked to, but one man really stands out in my mind. I’d like to introduce you to my new friend Estorius Gabriel. Estorius doesn’t know exactly how old he is, but figures somewhere in his mid-80s. When you ask ...

“Too many of our women are dying in childbirth!”

17. August 2012 Haiti, women 0
I just got back from central Haiti, an area with the country’s highest rates of malnutrition, poverty, fertility, and child & infant mortality. When our ministry partner there, Project Medishare, polled community members to gauge the greatest health problems, it was the men who said, “Too many of our women are dying in childbirth!” Why ...