For two decades, Cross Catholic Outreach has been ﬁghting global poverty through integral human development, an approach that addresses both material and spiritual needs. This strategy has been incredibly successful and has helped Catholic missions worldwide transform lives, families and communities.
One of the countries beneﬁting from this approach is Guatemala, where one in four people earns less than $3.20 per day and nearly 60% of families have fallen below the country’s poverty line. In the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima, for example, even the homes children grow up in perpetuate poverty, because the living conditions are unsafe, unsanitary and rob families of hope. Visit the area and you will ﬁnd entire communities of broken-down dwellings cobbled together with sticks, scrap metal and bits of plastic. Virtually all of these houses have leaky roofs, and when it rains, beds are soaked and the ﬂoors turn to mud.
Facing these challenges, poor families can feel like they are in a struggle for survival.
Thankfully, Fr. Raúl is on a mission to transform lives and shepherd their souls to heaven. His life-changing Caritas Santa Rosa ministry works tirelessly to bless children and families with physical and spiritual sustenance, delivering Christ’s mercy and love to the most impoverished corners of the diocese. Through his ministry’s partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, Fr. Raúl has already made a profound impact, but he knows there is much more to do to lift up the poor. Commenting on how the Lord is moving U.S. Catholics to transform lives in Guatemala, Fr. Raúl said, “For me, faith and hope represent believing in something much more beautiful — in a God who will never abandon us, a God who is always by our side and who changes our hearts.”
This Advent season, Cross Catholic Outreach is partnering with U.S. parishes to sponsor the construction of 107 homes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima. Learn more about this mission at CrossCatholic.org/Advent.