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.

2

decades
of service

85+

countries assisted

$3.3

billion in total aid

1

pathway
to christ

Our

Mission

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

Our

Vision

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

Core

Values

  Obedience to God
  Catholic Identity
  Empowering
  Joyful Service

  Excellence in Stewardship
  Preference for the Poor
  Love of Others

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Our History

Builds first home in Belize

Reaches Africa and Southeast Asia

Expands further into
Latin America

Launches Box of Joy ministry

20 years of blessing the poorest of 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.

Endorsements

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.”

Bishop
Strickland

Diocese of Tyler

“I offer my sincere congratulations on the 20th anniversary of the ministry …. Through His love, countless lives and entire communities can be transformed over the next 20 years!”

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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Our Finances & Accountabilty

At Cross Catholic Outreach, we meticulously honor the intent of our donors. All proceeds are restricted to the specific project for which they are raised. In the 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. LEARN MORE

Fundraising & Administrative Expenses 5.05%

More than 94% of all organizational expenses, including donated goods, went directly to programs that help the poor.

Audited Financials FY2020

Change Even More Lives

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Cross Catholic Outreach

Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.