An Interview With Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, Chairman of Cross Catholic Outreach

Recently, our Clergy and Diocesan Relations department (CDR) had the opportunity to speak with Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, the Archbishop of Mobile, who also serves as Chairman of Cross Catholic Outreach’s Board of Directors. He shared with us his thoughts on the importance of helping the poor and how every gift we receive can make a difference in the lives of those suffering the bondage of poverty.

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CDR: Archbishop Rodi, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us today about Cross Catholic Outreach and the needs of the poor. Today, Catholic missionaries around the world are bringing the love of God to the poor through the generous support of donors. Can you give us your thoughts on the call of the Gospel to help the poor?

Archbishop: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to put our faith into action, to care about our neighbor… and Cross Catholic Outreach is outstanding in receiving donations from so many people that come together to make a difference… in the poorest countries in the world. Cross Catholic Outreach brings hope and brings the love of Christ and makes God’s love visible by helping with education, schools, job training, clean water, housing, medicine, making a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters.

CDR: Every donation makes a difference, right? No matter how small?

Archbishop: Because of our baptism, we’re called to do our best to help our brothers and sisters. Love of God, love of neighbor summarizes scripture according to the Lord Jesus. And our donation may seem insignificant with the great needs that are present around the world.

But a raindrop is insignificant…you put enough together and it makes a mighty river. And so if everyone would just do what they can and we put them into the hands of the Lord and let the Lord make a difference because of our efforts.

CDR: The ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach would not be possible without the support of our donors who love the poor. What would you like to say to those who answer the cry of the poor?

Archbishop: I would just like to thank our donors for their generosity and their commitment of faith. Cross Catholic Outreach, because of our donors, changes hearts, changes lives and transforms communities. You are a blessing to so many. I pray that God blesses you.

CDR: Archbishop Rodi, thank you so much for your time.

Archbishop: You’re welcome.