Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

Each year the church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles,  remembered for his dramatic conversion documented in The Acts of The Apostles. As a young man, Paul led the persecution of Christians.  He was a staunch Pharisee who didn’t want Judaism torn apart by the “new sect” ...

New Beginnings

08. January 2015 children, Latin America 0
I was walking the halls of Casa Alianza, a Cross Catholic-sponsored shelter for teen moms in Nicaragua, when I heard a story that literally stopped me in my tracks. It involved a 14-year-old girl who knocked on the front door of the home, saying, “I am told I am pregnant. What does that mean?” As ...

The needy in our backyard

17. December 2014 Food 0
If you eat a tomato during the winter months, it’s very likely it was picked by an immigrant farmer in Immokalee, Florida. This rural area, located about a two-hour drive north of our Florida headquarters, is known as the tomato capital of America. Sadly, it’s also famous (or infamous) for its checkered history of worker ...

A joyful moment

09. December 2014 housing, Latin America 0
Last month’s inaugural ceremony for the newly constructed homes in the village of Las Palmas attracted a Nicaraguan TV news crew. This was a happy moment for all involved, as each family was presented with a Bible and the keys to their sturdy new home, provided by Rainbow Network with funding from Cross Catholic. The ...

St. Francis Xavier

In a recent address to Italy’s National Missionary Congress, Pope Francis stated that all Christians and “not just the few” are called to intensify their missionary spirit and go out to proclaim the joy of the Gospel. For some of us, the Holy Father’s comment may beg the question – how exactly do we achieve ...

Working for Better Nutrition

20. November 2014 children, Food 0
Cross Catholic Outreach’s Vitafood shipments can’t come too soon for Sr. Irma Davila. She and her fellow Sisters of the Little Apostles of Redemption are being stretched to feed 1,000 poor people per day, six days a week, in Mixco, Guatemala. She’s already distributed a supply of dried fruits received from Cross, and now she’s ...

St. Martin de Porres

The feast day of St. Martin de Porres is a reminder to all who work on behalf of the poor that man’s ways are not God’s ways. Rather than choose powerful and dynamic leaders to be his hands and feet on earth, our Lord often draws out saints from humble places and shapes them through ...

I heard an incredible story…

On my recent visit to the Working Boys’ Center in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito, I heard an incredible story about a spiritual encounter that happened 50 years ago.  It forever changed a life and continues to impact the ministry to this day. The story begins with a poor shoeshine boy named Carlos Gomez.  On ...

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 ...

St. Francis of Assisi

The life of Francis of Assisi reminds us that people of holiness and greatness are not born that way. They become holy and great because they choose to act when God asks them to change the world, making his “kingdom come” on earth as it is in heaven. Francis began life as a spoiled rich ...