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Our Outreach Priests

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There is no substitute for a good substitute


You’ve had a family emergency and must leave your parish immediately. Your bishop requires your presence at an urgent meeting. You have been asked to make an important presentation at a Catholic conference hundreds of miles away. Or perhaps you’d just like to get away for that longoverdue vacation — at last! Finding a substitute to fulfill your parish duties for these and similar situations can be a challenge. One safe and reliable solution for you is to host a Cross Catholic Outreach Priest to handle your responsibilities during your absence. Outreach Priests are ordained Roman Catholic priests in good standing who are qualified to celebrate Mass, hear confessions and administer all other sacraments. They are Virtus/Child Protection certified, and many are bilingual. They are selected by Cross Catholic Outreach for their skills as homilists, fluent English speakers, and they are always careful to accommodate parish customs and preferences during their visits. They preach on the readings of the given Sunday as well as about the ministry. Perhaps most appealing of all, they do not charge a fee or take a second collection.

Cross Catholic Outreach


Outreach Priests are sponsored by Cross Catholic Outreach, an official Catholic non-profit [501(c)(3)] relief and development organization that in its 11 years of existence has given more than $1 billion to help “the poorest of the poor” in more than two dozen developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the
Caribbean and other parts of the world. Cross Catholic Outreach also collaborates on aid projects with the Pontifical Council Cor Unum in Rome. Cardinal Robert Sarah, president, Pontifical Council Cor Unum, recently visited the Cross Catholic offi ces in Florida and Cross Catholic President James J. Cavnar visited Cardinal Sarah and met with the Pope at the Vatican to discuss their partnership. To help the poor, Cross Catholic partners with parishes and Catholic ministries in developing countries where priests, nuns and lay leaders have committed their lives to helping families in need. Their service produces wonderful benefits for impoverished communities, including food, water, medical care, homes, educational opportunities and programs that help people generate their own income and lift themselves out of poverty. In the process, these families experience the sustaining power of Christ’s love. Since these faithful Catholic servants work with humility in remote locations, their stories are rarely heard. Thus, few American Catholics know about their positive and inspiring outreach. Outreach Priests can share these stories with your parishioners while covering your parish during an absence. Of course, one of their goals is to motivate greater generosity toward the poor and greater support of the priests, nuns and Catholic ministries serving impoverished families overseas. To that end, they teach from the pulpit about charitable work, and they distribute informational brochures for parishioners to take home. In this way, parishes learn more about the global outreach of the Church and gain opportunities to engage with that mission.

Cross Catholic Outreach

2700 N. Military Trail, Suite 240

PO Box 273908

Boca Raton, Florida 33427-3908

800-914-2420

Cross Catholic Outreach is a 501c3

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