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.
Earlier this month, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco was voted onto the Board of Directors, succeeding the late Bishop Richard Garcia (Diocese of Monterey), who was a member of our board for eight years up until the time he passed away last year.
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.
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.
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.
Archbishop: You’re welcome.
Cross Catholic Outreach’s Clergy and Diocesan Relations department also recently sat down with our ministry partners from the Caribbean country of Grenada, including His Excellency Bishop Clyde Harvey of the Diocese of St. George’s.