Please give a warm welcome to our new chairman of the board, Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi!
As you may know, Archbishop Rodi has a long history with Cross Catholic Outreach as a trusted and faithful member of our board of directors – and he brings an impressive resume. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 1978, he has served the Church as, among other things: judge for the Archdiocese of New Orleans Metropolitian Tribunal, professor of canon law at Notre Dame Seminary, executive director of the New Orleans Department of Pastoral Services, Bishop of Biloxi, and now Archbishop of Mobile. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, Tulane University Law School and Notre Dame Seminary.
We are grateful that Archbishop Rodi has stepped in to fill the vacancy left by Bishop Sam Jacobs of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, who has retired from the board after more than a decade of faithful service. We trust that Archbishop Rodi will further the legacy of faith-centered compassion that began under his predecessor. The Archbishop’s episcopal motto, “Caritas Christi Urget Nos” (the love of Christ compels us), reflects his concern for the poor and is a fitting call-to-arms for Cross Catholic Outreach and our compassionate ministry partners around the world.
Thank you, Archbishop Rodi, for your outstanding leadership. You have helped us impact the lives of the least, the last and the lost; and with your blessing, we hope to impact many thousands more.