Part of the ministry of Cross is to assist others to consider what part of the solution they might be to the reality of extreme poverty in the world. While Outreach Priests attempt to do this among the People of God in the parishes to which they have been invited, the work of the office of Clergy Diocesan Relations also extends to the future leaders of these communities through visits to seminaries throughout the United States.
Outreach Priests from Cross Catholic Outreach personally visit theological seminaries throughout the United States in order to help them better understand how they themselves might be part of the effort of the universal effort of the Church in outreach to the poor. It is the hope that these future priests and pastoral leaders can learn early in their spiritual formation about the need to link their own parish communities with the larger Body of Christ throughout the world. The hope of such presentations is that there is a sense that each person – individually and collectively – can be a part of the solution to the conditions under which the poorest of the poor must live.
Seminarians learn of the work of Cross, its philosophy of partnerships, and the results of such work. Seminarians have the opportunity of signing up for copies of the newsletter and other means by which they may stay connected to the work of Cross. In this way Cross seeks to be part of their formation journey keeping them abreast of our ministry and extending this contact beyond the time of their ordination itself. The newsletter, CrossRoads is a publication of Cross which highlights the work of the ministry and the support we receive through parish projects and endorsements of the many Bishops in the US.
*Top photo: University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL