The Eternal Rock

25. October 2011 Haiti, housing 0
It’s not a good sign when the community you live in is called Laroche, or “The Rocks.” The Haitian community of Laroche outside of Les Cayes can be difficult to access because of—you guessed it—the rocks that permeate the terrain. While driving to visit several families who received a new home through our ministry partner ...

Food for Life

“Without this help, life would be very difficult,” 82-year-old Gustave Destave told me on my recent visit to Kobonal, Haiti. “I don’t have any money to buy something to eat, so this food makes me well and strong.” After her husband died and her children moved away, Gustave has found it difficult to survive day-to-day. ...

A Peaceful Oasis for At-Risk Girls

18. October 2011 children, Haiti 0
During my recent trip to Haiti, I had the privilege of spending a breezy morning at Bethsaide Children’s Center in the seaside town of Jacmel. At Bethsaide, the love of Christ is palpable. This Cross Catholic-supported project provides a temporary home for seven girls from troubled, desperately poor families. In an area decimated by rising ...

Oregon Teen Helps Cross Catholic Build a Home in Haiti

16. August 2011 Haiti, housing 0
Caroline Newman of Coquille, Oregon may be young, but her Christ-like actions are making a huge difference for a family in Haiti. The 14-year-old Girl Scout was deeply impacted after a priest visited her local church. He told her congregation that though it’s been a year and a half since the earthquake, many Haitian families ...

Under Construction

11. August 2011 Haiti, health care 0
Cross Catholic President Jim Cavnar recently traveled to Croix-de-Bouquets, Haiti, where he met with Monsignor Jean Pierre of the Archdiocese of Miami to have a look at the ongoing construction of a new Cross Catholic-supported health clinic. An earthquake-proof security wall and seven-room guesthouse are already finished, and construction crews are now laying cement blocks ...

Christmas in July

It’s not Christmas yet, but children in Haiti received a shiny little gift last week thanks to loving Catholics who participated in Cross Catholic’s cross necklace campaign. During my visit to Haiti last week, Cross Catholic President Jim Cavnar handed out a special “cadeau” (Creole for ‘gift’) to the children after their meal, which I ...

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 ...

Political Change in Haiti

“Tet Kale” is a Creole phrase with a double meaning: “shaved head” and “all the way.” But as the campaign slogan of Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly, Haiti’s president-elect, it also implies a third meaning – change. A preliminary vote count this week handed Martelly a clear 68 percent majority, setting him on course to become ...

Divine Plan for Recovery

Haitians went to the election polls March 20 for the second round of the country’s presidential runoff. Though there was no significant violence or protests, as there was late last year in the first round of voting, the earthquake-shattered country’s future remains uncertain as the people select their new leader. We at Cross Catholic have ...