“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 ...

St. Francis and the Leper

When Francis of Assisi lay dying on October 3rd, 1226, his final act of faith was focused on an act of humility.  He commanded his friars to strip him naked and lay him on the bare earth so that he might return to God as he came into the world. In effect, this was the ...

St. Vincent de Paul

This feast day of St. Vincent de Paul offers us a perfect opportunity to consider the topic of poverty and our role in bringing comfort and hope to those who suffer. St. Vincent de Paul lived in eighteenth century France and saw all about him the needs of the poor and marginalized.  His desire was ...

The Holy Father’s Reflection on the Great Commission

27. August 2013 The Pope, Youth 0
In his closing Mass for World Youth Day Rio, Pope Francis commissioned not only the Catholic youth of the world, but every Catholic.  He called each of us to be a missionary without borders. He referenced the Great Commission, when Jesus called us to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and explained that “this ...

Pope Francis and the Globalization of Indifference

13. August 2013 poverty, The Pope 0
Immigration is a hot topic in Europe, just as it is here in the US.  I recently read about a case there that touched me.  The small Italian island of Lampedusa is just 70 miles from Tunisia in North Africa.  This tiny island has attracted impoverished Africans seeking access into Europe where they hope to ...

Legacy of Hope

25. July 2013 education, Haiti 0
Rosita Bernard is a teacher at Kobonal Haiti Mission’s school in Haiti’s Central Plateau. She is also a former student. In fact, many of the Mission’s 62 teachers were previous students. Rosita arrives early to school every morning to read the Bible and pray with her fellow teachers. This fellowship keeps her focused on the ...

Helping Others

23. July 2013 Haiti, medical 0
We just received an inspiring story from our ministry partners at the Haitian Education & Leadership Program (H.E.L.P.) Cross Catholic sponsors H.E.L.P. students as they work toward their degrees at the University of Notre Dame, Haiti’s only Catholic university. One of those students is 27-year-old Lourdwige Felizor, who will be graduating next year with a ...

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 ...