Artist rendition of Mary’s Assumption to Heaven.
This beautiful painting of the Assumption of Mary by Alfred Oduya was created in Kenya and reflects the wonderful Catholic traditions of that African nation.

Meet the Artist for Day of Prayer

Learn More About the Day of Prayer Artwork of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

At Cross Catholic Outreach, we believe Mary is our mother and our advocate. She continually intercedes for us before God as we serve the world’s poor for the glory of her son, Jesus Christ.

That’s why the Day of Prayer is so important to us!

Cross Catholic Outreach’s Day of Prayer is held annually on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church, our staff, ministry partners and donors unite in prayer under the loving care of Jesus’ mother.

During our Day of Prayer, the staff of Cross Catholic Outreach prays throughout the day for the specific intentions of friends of our ministry. This year, we’re partnering with His Eminence Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Papal Almoner, to have these intentions delivered to the Vatican for a special Mass offered by the cardinal himself. This Mass is specifically celebrated on behalf of our donors’ prayer intentions. We are committed to praying for the needs of our donors!

Meet Alfred Oduya

When you submit your intentions online, you will receive a free digital Mass card featuring the artwork of the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into heaven. Alfred Oduya created this beautiful painting for Cross Catholic Outreach’s Day of Prayer. It reflects the Catholic traditions of Kenya, his home country.

We were introduced to Alfred through our trusted ministry partner in Kitale, Kenya, St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center, where Alfred has volunteered as an art teacher. St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center rescues and prevents children from living on the streets of Kitale. The ministry aims to help vulnerable children become responsible, educated adults who are able to lead their families out of poverty.

That’s why the influence of caring adults like Alfred is significant. He has trained children in candle making and mural painting. Under his mentorship, one of the students paints signs and murals in Kitale, providing a stable source of income.

Alfred recently painted a mural at the center depicting Jesus feeding the multitudes. It is a beautiful reminder to the children that God cares for their daily needs.

A man hugging his son.
Alfred Oduya and his son, Jacob.

Learn More About St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center

In northern Kenya, drought, hunger and tribal conflicts have driven poor families to seek safety in squatter camps on the outskirts of the city of Kitale. There, children resort to begging on the streets to survive, and few of them attend school because of the cost of books and uniforms.

Catholic missionaries in Kitale are dedicated to changing those troubling circumstances Irish missionary priests of the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society founded the St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center in 1992 to give displaced children a pathway to a brighter future. A Maryknoll Lay Missioner from America has been involved in the administration of the project since 2004. The center relies on volunteers like Alfred to make this mission of mercy possible.

Cross Catholic Outreach’s generous donors help the center provide shelter, food, education and Catholic spiritual formation to children who need love and guidance.

The program at St. John Bosco follows three R’s when helping Kitale’s at-risk children:

  • Rescue: First, children are rescued from poverty and their harsh life on the streets. The team believes that early intervention is the key to future success.
  • Rehabilitation: Children are rehabilitated from their life on the streets. They go to an informal school at the center to catch up academically, live in a safe environment, and receive proper nutrition and Catholic spiritual formation.
  • Reintegration: If possible, the goal is for each child to be reintegrated into their family and placed in a formal school.

Dedicated missionaries at St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center follow God’s call to care for the poor and neglected. They also bear witness to an important spiritual truth — all people have intrinsic value and dignity. 

May We Pray for You? Submit a Prayer Intention

Would you like your prayer intentions included in our Day of Prayer’s Vatican Mass? Submit your specific intentions to let us know how we can pray for you. Feel free to share more than one! After you submit your prayer requests, you will be able to download a free digital Mass card.

We are honored to pray for faithful supporters like you who help us share God’s love with poor families around the world. Please submit your intentions by July 31 to ensure they arrive at the Vatican on time.