After more than a decade of faithful service with our ministry, and nearly 50 years in the priesthood, Bishop Sam Jacobs, chairman and founding board member of Cross Catholic Outreach, has announced his retirement.
We are deeply grateful for the compassionate servant-leadership Bishop Jacobs has provided for us while also fulfilling his responsibilities in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. Under his leadership, Cross Catholic Outreach has effectively served the needs of the poorest of the poor. What began as a partnership with a handful of projects has become a global network, expanding throughout Latin America, Africa and East Asia, and distributing a total of more than $1.2 billion in aid across nearly 70 countries.
As chairman of board, Bishop Jacobs has demonstrated a deep enthusiasm for the “new evangelization” and has helped us maintain our focus on holistic ministries that seek to address the needs of mind, body and soul. In addition his involvement with Cross Catholic Outreach, he has served the Church in many capacities, including as chairman of the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal and as Diocesan Director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Lake Charles.
Moving forward, Bishop Jacobs will continue his involvement with Cross Catholic Outreach in a more informal capacity as a member of our bishops’ advisory board.
Thank you, Bishop Jacobs, for your service!