Father Raul Monterroso
Cross Catholic Outreach is working alongside Father Raul Monterroso to transform impoverished rural communities in the Guatemalan Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima.

Our 2020 Vision for Guatemala

Cross Catholic Outreach believes a dramatic, positive transformation is possible in the lives of Guatemala’s most vulnerable children, families and communities. It will take a lot of prayer, a lot of support and a lot of local Catholic leaders working in partnership to achieve this goal, but we are confident we can bring real blessings to the country and restore hope through this mission.

Here is a quick look at the many inspiring and life-changing projects we’ve committed to funding in Guatemala through your generous support during our 2020 fiscal year.

You can bless the lives of the poor in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima by bringing holistic transformation that, in some cases, includes the construction of safe new homes.

Holistic development — that is the operative phrase driving this socially active Catholic diocese, about a 90-minute drive from the Guatemala City airport. Or, as modern Catholic social teaching more often describes it, integral human development. The idea behind both terms is that the poor need more than full bellies, safe shelter or a basic education to truly thrive. The proponents of integral human development believe in equipping the poor fully so they can flourish economically, intellectually, physically, and spiritually.

Serving alongside Santa Rosa’s Father Rául Monterroso, we are working to reduce poverty and bring Christ-centered renewal to the most deeply impoverished corners of this Guatemalan diocese. This effort includes the provision of:

  •     ●  Safe housing
  •     ●  Clean water
  •     ●  Agriculture support
  •     ●  Children’s scholarships
  •     ●  Land and a new school building for a Catholic school
  •     ●  Construction of a new chapel in a poor, remote village
  •     ●  Support for the formation and reinforcement of small missionary communities
  •     ●  Operational support of the diocese’s Caritas organization

Hope of Life

Hope of Life
Help us rescue starving babies living in isolation in the mountains of Zacapa, Guatemala!

Cross Catholic Outreach is working with this ecumenical Christian ministry to reach some of the most destitute, isolated families in Guatemala — families whose incredible suffering might otherwise go unseen as their children languish from severe hunger.

This year, you can help us fund:

  •     ●  An emergency child rescue program that nurses severely malnourished children back to complete health in a modern medical facility under the care of doctors and nutritionists.
  •     ●  A house construction project that replaces the flimsy dirt-floor shacks of the poor with safe, sturdy new homes.

Related: A Missionary’s Reflection on Tragedy in Guatemala

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Dios con Nosotras

With your support, Guatemalan victims of domestic violence can have a safe place to stay while they rebuild their lives.

Guatemalan women victimized by domestic violence often have nowhere to turn for a way out. You can extend a helping hand to these women and their children by supporting Dios con Nosotras, a safe shelter run in a discreet location under the auspices of Emmanuel Catholic Church in Guatemala City. This program gives women the chance to rehabilitate, gain financial independence and begin new lives so they will no longer need to fear for their safety or the safety of their children.

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Other Guatemala Projects

Other Guatemala Projects
Cross Catholic Outreach is partnering with priests, sisters and Catholic lay workers throughout Guatemala to serve and empower the poor and share Christ’s love.

Our 2020 commitments also include:

  •     ●  Caminando por la Paz — a Catholic after-school program founded by the late Maryknoll Father, Thomas Goekler, focusing on nutrition and educational support for at-risk students.
  •     ●  Hogar de la Nina Santa Rosa de Lima — a girls’ orphanage run by the Sisters of the Small Apostles of the Redemption in Cuilapa.
  •     ●  Casa de Fe — a surgery recovery guesthouse for poor hospital patients and their families who travel far away from home for free treatment at a Franciscan hospital in Antigua and have no money for food or lodging.
  •     ●  Apla’s Catholic school computers — our newest effort to improve the quality of education for Guatemala’s disadvantaged children, so they can pursue their dreams of a better life.

With your generous support, 2020 is going to be a year of met needs, answered prayers and changed lives in Guatemala!

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Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.