God’s Presence in the Prison

17. February 2018 Uncategorized 0
I was apprehensive about tagging along with the Cap-Haitien Prison Ministry in Haiti. I had heard stories about prisons in developing countries, but I had never seen one for myself. Would it be shocking?  Would the suffering be overwhelming?  Was I prepared for what I would see? It turned out to be one of the ...

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas was the youngest of nine children born to noble parents in the Kingdom of Sicily.  Following the tradition of the times, five-year-old Thomas was sent to the Abbey of Monte Cassino to train among Benedictine monks.  He continued his studies with the Benedictine at the University of Naples but became interested in serving with ...

Merry Christmas from Reencontro!

On a recent visit to one of our ministry partners in Mozambique, Reencontro, our Africa Projects Officer received a letter of thanks that seemed very fitting to share with you during this Advent season. It’s from 17-year-old Carolina, a girl caring for her siblings after their parents passed away. Carolina’s life was dramatically transformed because ...

Which Man Are You?

01. November 2011 Uncategorized 0
“I want to share a story with you,” Pastor Carlos Vargas said yesterday on his visit with our staff. A long-time partner of Cross Catholic, Pastor Vargas is the founder of Esperanza de Vida (“Hope for Life”), a holistic ministry bringing food, medical care, and the hope of Christ to rural, mountain communities in northeastern ...

The underbelly of paradise

03. June 2011 Uncategorized 0
As your plane approaches the airstrip in St. Maarten – a small island 186 miles east of Puerto Rico – you get a clear view of luxury hotels with outdoor pools and gazebos overlooking the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. St. Maarten is a tourist attraction known for its hundreds of gourmet restaurants. But ...

Love is a verb

Why is it that every February 14, forgetful husbands rush to the store to buy flowers, chocolates, jewelry, stuffed animals, and anatomically incorrect hearts for their wives? Wouldn’t it be easier to just say, “Sorry, I forgot. But you know I still love you”? Their wives won’t care if they skip one Valentine’s Day. Right? ...

Rich Lesson Learned from the Poor

It is amazing to witness the incredible generosity of our Catholic brothers and sisters in developing countries. For example, Jim Kline, our Africa Projects Officer, recently returned from Ethiopia with a beautifully-woven basket. A very poor, single mom had given it to him. It was one of the very few things she owned, and she’d ...

From the Field: The day after the quake

Our Projects Officer Mike Henry, who has been updating us from the field since the earthquake shook Haiti Tuesday, sent us more news this afternoon. Below is an excerpt from his notes from the day after the earthquake: I woke up at dawn on Wednesday morning to the sound of helicopters flying over and thought, ...