New Chairman, Same Mission

09. May 2013 thank you 0
Please give a warm welcome to our new chairman of the board, Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi! As you may know, Archbishop Rodi has a long history with Cross Catholic Outreach as a trusted and faithful member of our board of directors – and he brings an impressive resume. Since his ordination to the priesthood in ...

Thank You, Bishop Jacobs!

After more than a decade of faithful service with our ministry, and nearly 50 years in the priesthood, Bishop Sam Jacobs, chairman and founding board member of Cross Catholic Outreach, has announced his retirement. We are deeply grateful for the compassionate servant-leadership Bishop Jacobs has provided for us while also fulfilling his responsibilities in the ...

Photo Blog: Water to the Village of Rancho Pando

21. February 2013 thank you, water 0
We just received this update from Alvaro Ubilla, project manager for our ministry partner Amigos for Christ. With the help of Cross Catholic Outreach, thousands of people living in 14 rural Nicaraguan villages now have access to safe water. I came to work for Amigos for Christ because I loved the ministry. … God has ...

Lives of Charity

19. February 2013 thank you, The Pope 0
Last week Pope Benedict XVI announced his plans to resign due to failing strength—and during this morning’s daily readings I cannot help but reflect on his years of fruitful service. Isaiah 55:10-11 says: “For, as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and do not return before having watered the earth, fertilizing ...

Thank You from the Philippines

10. January 2012 thank you 0
Cross Catholic has been working with Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines to transform the slums of metro Manila into thriving communities. The difference is like night and day, and you can see the change not only in the landscape but also in the hearts and minds of the families who now have so much hope. ...

Merry Christmas to Christ’s Disciples

This Christmas, many lay missionaries—and many of our ministry partners—will be spending Christmas out in the field, ministering to the poor they serve. These disciples of Christ might be serving hot meals, visiting the elderly, or doing other meaningful work on behalf of the poor on Christmas Day in addition to celebrating Christ’s birth. Here’s ...

Black Friday in Nicaragua

13. December 2011 thank you, water 0
I don’t need to tell you about the Black Friday mayhem of crazed shoppers, big bargains, long check-out lines, and subsequent buyer’s remorse (or in my case, a quiet day at home putting up Christmas decorations). But there’s another Black Friday story you may not know. A story of Nicaraguan villagers turning on their water ...

True Gratitude

The Gospel reading at Sunday’s Mass hit home to those of us who work at Cross International Catholic Outreach. That’s because Matthew 25:31-46 is a foundational scripture for us—a reminder to see Jesus in every hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, imprisoned, or impoverished person we serve. The poor in developing countries often give us a fresh ...

Praise Report from Mozambique

Yesterday morning, Cross Catholic staff listened as International Projects Officer Tara McKinney shared photos and stories from the recent vision trip she led to Mozambique. One of her co-travelers, Cross Catholic staff member Maria Aleman, joined her in person while the other, Monsignor Lambert Luna from St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, joined ...

Counting our Blessings

As New Year’s Eve approaches, we are amazed at how God has blessed us this year, and we are thankful for the sacrifices our donors have made while facing economic hardships at home. In his annual Christmas speech, Cross Catholic President Jim Cavnar praised the incredible generosity of our supporters. While many Americans are giving ...