Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, chairman of our board of directors, recently announced that His Eminence Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington is the new Patron of Cross Catholic Outreach. Bishop Gainer confirmed the news on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, pointing out that the board unanimously approved Cardinal Gregory’s selection. Cardinal Gregory becomes the ministry’s third Patron, succeeding His Eminence Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master Emeritus of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, who recently retired. The ministry’s first Patron was His Eminence Cardinal William Keeler of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Upon hearing the news, Jim Cavnar, Cross Catholic Outreach president, commented, “2021 is a very special year for Cross Catholic Outreach as we are commemorating our 20th anniversary. Cardinal Gregory’s love for the poor and willingness to serve as our Patron makes this milestone year even more special.