Featured Interviews

An Interview With Bishop Earl K. Fernandes – Diocese of Columbus

Serving in the Diocese of Columbus and a Board Director at Cross Catholic Outreach, Bishop Earl K. Fernandes discusses what can we can learn from the lives of the saints, the impact of the Box of Joy® ministry and much more!

Read the transcript of the interview here.

Box of Joy is a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach. 

An Interview With Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller – Archdiocese of San Antonio

Join us as Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio, reflects on the life of St. Anthony of Padua and underscores the importance of serving the least among us.

An Interview With Bishop Wack – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Join Bishop William A. Wack in a captivating interview amid the expansive Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. At a Cross Catholic Outreach food packing event, he shares insights about his involvement in a mission to pack 50,000 meals for the needy across the developing world. His presence exemplifies the significance of community, faith, and service to the less fortunate. Dive into this enlightening conversation that embodies the essence of unity in faith and action.

An Interview With Bishop Vincke – Diocese of Salina

Bishop Vincke of the Diocese of Salina shares why, as a Missionary of Mercy himself, it is important to support the works of Cross Catholic Outreach in providing mercy to those living in extreme poverty around the world.

An Interview With Bishop Barbarito – Diocese of Palm Beach

Bishop Barbarito of the Diocese of Palm Beach, where Cross Catholic Outreach is located, discusses the rich history shared between both organizations and their positive impact on the lives of those in need.

An interview with Bishop Vann - Diocese of Orange

In our conversation with Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, we asked him to share his thoughts about the role of mercy in the life of the Church and asked him to reflect on the Vatican approval given to Cross Catholic Outreach in 2015. Bishop Vann previously served on the Board of Directors for Cross Catholic Outreach.

Interview with Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer, O.F.M. Conv — Archdiocese of Atlanta

Archbishop Hartmayer reflects on how the Franciscan charism aligns with the work of Cross Catholic Outreach to help the poorest of the poor.

Interview with In-country Ministry Partner, Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka of the Diocese of Karonga, Malawi, Africa

Through the years, Cross Catholic Outreach has collaborated with Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbka from the Diocese of Karonga, Malawi in Africa. During a recent trip to the U.S., Bishop Martin Mtumbka was gracious enough to sit down with Cross Catholic Outreach and share his thoughts on Integral Human Development. He recognizes how Cross Catholic Outreach embraces a very unique approach to addressing material well-being, but also the  spiritual well-being of others.

Interview with Bishop Ronald Gainer Ways Cross Catholic Outreach Transforms the Poor

From the beautiful Cathedral of St. Patrick in the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA, Cross Catholic Outreach was blessed to spend some time with the Chairman of the Board, Bishop Ronald Gainer.

After spending nearly seven years on the board, Bishop Gainer was elected board chairman in the Fall of 2021. In this interview, Bishop Gainer discusses the various aspects of the organization’s ministry, including the importance of integral human development, which is the methodology of addressing not just the immediate physical needs but the more profound, holistic needs that also addresses spirituality.

Interview with Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski — Archdiocese of St. Louis

Cross Catholic Outreach traveled to St. Louis to interview board member Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski. Due to renovations at the Cathedral of St. Louis, we had to move downtown and film the interview in the Basilica of King Louis of France, which is steps away from the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch. It was a beautiful worship space, and the archbishop spoke eloquently about the work of Cross Catholic Outreach. In particular, he reflected on how Cross Catholic Outreach reaches out to the poor in such a way that benefits them not only for the short term but for the long term as well.

Interview With Cross Catholic Outreach Patron, His Eminence Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

His Eminence Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., reflects on his role as patron of Cross Catholic Outreach and the importance of serving the poorest of the poor around the world.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco

In 2019, when Archbishop Cordileone joined the Cross Catholic Outreach board of directors, he commented, “I look forward to helping Cross Catholic in its collaboration with the Universal Catholic Church and it’s support of the charitable works of the Holy Father.” We were blessed to sit down with the archbishop at the beginning of 2022 to answer some more detailed questions about the mission of serving the poor around the world. Read the transcript here.

An Interview With Bishop Strickland

In 2018, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland joined the Cross Catholic Outreach board of directors. Today, he serves alongside six other U.S. Catholic bishops who provide oversight and guidance to our ministry. In January, we traveled to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the Diocese of Tyler to speak with Bishop Strickland about our mission of helping the poorest of the poor.

Cardinal Turkson Speaks About Cross Catholic Outreach

Speaking from the Vatican recently, His Eminence Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson commended Cross Catholic Outreach for being a dependable benefactor of projects that promote the development of peoples. As prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Turkson guides our ministry to support projects close to the heart of the Holy Father Pope Francis. In our interview, Cardinal Turkson spoke on Catholic social teaching and the significance of the Holy See’s endorsement of Cross Catholic Outreach in 2015.

Cardinal Ramazzini Visits Cross Catholic Outreach

Cross Catholic Outreach was recently blessed to receive a visit from His Eminence Álvaro Leonel Cardinal Ramazzini Imeri. Elevated to the College of Cardinals just a few months ago by Pope Francis because of his love for the poor, Cardinal Ramazzini led devotions at our office, met individually with our staff and concluded his visit with a Mass at St. Coleman’s Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, Florida. This year, Cross Catholic Outreach began providing food and medical supplies to the poor in Cardinal Ramazzini’s Diocese of Huehuetenago in Guatemala.

An Interview With Bishop Clyde Harvey of The Diocese Of St. George’s, Grenada

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.

Interview with Rev. Carlos Piedrahita, Diocese of Tyler and Outreach Priest for Cross Catholic Outreach

Cross Catholic Outreach was blessed to have Reverend Carlos Piedrahita share his thoughts on Cross Catholic Outreach’s mission to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ.