About Us

Cross Catholic Outreach launched its ministry in 2001 to provide material and spiritual blessings to those in need around the world. Since then, thousands of lives and communities have been transformed by God working through its mission of mercy.


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We mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ.



All Catholics around the world united in overcoming material and spiritual poverty



  Obedience to God
  Catholic Identity
  Joyful Service

  Excellence in Stewardship
  Preference for the Poor
  Love of Others

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Our History

Cross International Catholic Outreach becomes a 501(c)(3) organization and begins providing safe housing.

The ministry expands into Africa and Southeast Asia.

Cross Catholic Outreach expands it’s ministry in South America

Cross International Catholic Outreach officially changes its name to Cross Catholic Outreach.

Box of Joy begins reaching thousands of poor children at Christmas.

Cross Catholic Outreach celebrates 20 years of blessing the poor.

Cross Catholic Outreach, a 501(c)(3), is an official Catholic ministry that partners with bishops, priests, religious and lay workers to provide food, water, housing, education, orphan support, medical care, microenterprise and disaster relief — and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ — to the poorest of the poor in more than 30 countries around the world. We collaborate with aid partners that employ a community-oriented aid strategy and that strive to increase the self-sufficiency of the poor.

For larger, advanced partners, we provide financial and material resources as well as handle the vital functions of financial monitoring, reporting and accountability. Our partners, in turn, provide the all-important grassroots connection to the community, which is absolutely vital to the provision of humanitarian aid.

For smaller-scale partners, such as needy, church-based ministries, we provide support through their existing programs. In this way, we can supply meaningful help where it is needed most, as they have the necessary community outreach to serve the poor.

In everything we do, we remain focused on the Lord, serving with humility, fervor and love, and we advance Catholic evangelization. We work in partnership with church-based ministries and other faith-based organizations, creating an ideal synergy for the greatest impact.

As an official Catholic organization, we are registered with the Diocese of Palm Beach in Florida, and we are listed in the Official Catholic Directory.

Our Programs

Since Cross Catholic Outreach’s inception, we have lifted up an entire generation and many communities in more than 85 countries.

Nourishing meals to feed people like children in Peru.

Clean, safe relief for people like Gerayli in Dominican Republic.

Safe homes to shelter people like Odila in Haiti.

Dignified care for people of all ages in the Philippines.

A path out of poverty for kids like Gelana in Ethiopia.

Small business support for people like Jicsagel in Nicaragua.

Tender care and loving homes for children like Santos in Ecuador.

Emergency aid to people like 2021 hurricane survivors in Honduras.

Training farmers to gain financial independence like Noé in Guatemala.


Since its inception, Cross Catholic Outreach has received the endorsement of more than 150 U.S. bishops, archbishops and cardinals.

Archbishop Rodi

Archdiocese of Mobile

“I commend each person at Cross Catholic, who in their various roles of supporting the ministry, are contributing to uplifting their brothers and sisters who live without access to the basic necessities of life.”

Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of St. Louis

Archbishop Rozanski

Archdiocese of St. Louis

“Your model of working through Catholic missionaries around the world and with the support of their local bishops shows great collaboration with the Universal Catholic Church. I join my brother bishops in support of your mission.”

Archbishop Cordileone

Archdiocese of San Francisco

“I pray that, as Cross Catholic enters its third decade of ministry, the Lord continue to bless you as you bring hope and the love of Christ to our brothers and sisters bound by the bondage of poverty.”

Pope Francis has imparted an Apostolic Blessing on Cross Catholic Outreach and its benefactors in recognition of the ministry’s 20-year commitment to global relief and development. An Apostolic Blessing — commonly called a papal blessing — is a special blessing from the Holy Father himself that marks a significant occasion or milestone.

Our Global Impact

We currently serve the poor in more than 30 countries around the world through partnerships with bishops, priests, and religious and lay workers.

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Fundraising & Administrative Expenses 5.97%
More than 94 percent of all organizational expenses, including donated goods, went directly to programs that help the poor.
Audited Financials FY2023

Financial Accountability

At Cross Catholic Outreach, we meticulously honor the intent of our donors. All proceeds are restricted for the specific project for which they are raised. In that rare event that more funds are received than are required for a specific project, the additional funds will be used to meet the most urgent needs.

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Change Even More Lives

Giving monthly is a small way to have a big impact. Your regular support empowers us to respond to urgent needs and fulfill our long-term projects across the world.

Become a Cross Mission Partner today and experience the joy of changing lives every month through your gift.