An Astonishing Thing to Behold

09. September 2015 Priests & Nuns 0
It was one of those images you never forget – a lone priest riding a donkey, traveling from house to house to carry out the Lord’s work. I was in the Dominican Republic, helping our Goods-In-Kind partner, Fundación Ciento Por Uno, deliver food to the poor in the remote Azua province – a long 3-hour ...

A wish that is fulfilling for us all…

People send me news articles all the time. The rarely touch my heart as this piece did. It’s about a seriously ill 11-year-old boy, Brett Haubrich, whose lifelong wish came true. But Brett’s wish didn’t involve a dream vacation or meeting a famous celebrity. No – his wish involved being a priest for a day. ...

Full of Praise

In this puppet show, the students sing: “how big is God’s love? IT’S HUGE! So big you can’t be above it, so wide you can’t be beside it!” Up in the Nicaraguan highlands, there’s a little school in Estellí that’s achieving gigantic results for poor, at-risk kids. At Father Fabretto Children’s Foundation, more than 450 ...

The Beauty of a Consecrated Life

Nine years ago, 19-year-old Ester Paau arrived at the Convent at Nazareth near Punta Gorda, Belize to complete her high school education. Growing up in a remote indigenous village, she had no opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a preschool teacher. Then the Pallottine Sisters visited to evangelize her village. They offered her an opportunity ...

Guyana documentary

20. October 2014 children, Priests & Nuns 0
Some of our dedicated Guyanese ministry partners were recently featured in a documentary about Catholics serving the poor and vulnerable in this beautiful but economically challenged country. Watch the video below to meet the girls at St. Ann’s Orphanage in Georgetown and to join Fr. Humberto Villa on a boat ride into the impoverished tropical ...

A “Founding Father” We Remember and Honor

Msgr. Michael Patrick Aloysius Flanagan was the first Outreach Priest to join Cross Catholic Outreach in 2002. As one of the “Founding Fathers” in the ministry, he preached with great passion for the poorest of the poor, always making his appeals personal and deeply moving for those who heard him. He was incardinated into the ...

“New Mission, New Hope”

24. October 2013 prayer, Priests & Nuns 0
Several years ago, as I walked with Sr. Gina through the streets of Manila, she was leading a motley crew of street kids to a classroom, where she lovingly taught them. She’d borrowed the classroom from a local school; she’d obtained the curriculum from the Philippines government — and she’d recruited her students straight from ...

Partner Spotlight: Sr. Irene Claire Duval

I had only known Sister Irene Claire Duval for 5 minutes when she told me about one of her biggest goals.  “I want to wipe out high blood pressure and anemia in Viloux!” That’s when I knew this wasn’t going to be a typical interview. Sr. Irene is a member of the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters ...

Divine Calling

18. July 2013 Priests & Nuns 0
After seven years as a nurse in the Philippines, Myrna did not feel fulfilled. Something was missing.  She asked the Lord for direction. Should she get married and start a family? Or should she become a nun?  She asked that if God wanted her to become a nun, he would send someone to encourage her. ...

Healthy Child, Happy Nun

Sr. Marge loves to see little children enjoying their lunch at the Lady of the Star Nursery in the Philippines. These children come from extremely destitute families and begin preschool gravely malnourished.  Throughout the year, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary not only provide early education and a hearty meal, but they also treat many of ...