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OSV News

January 10, 2023 — When she was canonized by Pope St. John Paul in 2000, Josephine Bakhita immediately became the patron saint of survivors of human trafficking.

Diocese of Springfield, MA

December 17, 2022 — A simple shoe box packed with a toy, clothing, school supplies and hygiene items may be the only gift a child in a developing country gets this Christmas thanks to the Box of Joy program.

Seize the Day on SiriusXM Radio

December 13, 2022 — Jim talks about the history of Cross Catholic Outreach and then shines a spotlight on the Advent Initiative — Homes for Guatemala.

CFN Live – Catholic Faith Network

December 8, 2022 — Cross Catholic Outreach is building safe homes for families in Guatemala who are now living in small mud floor shelters, and this Advent you can help.

CFN Live – Catholic Faith Network

December 6, 2022 — I’m partnering with Cross Catholic Outreach to support the Saint Gabriel Health Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Community News Report – The Advocate

December 6, 2022 — So much about the joy of Christmas has become overly commercialized, but a project called Box of Joy has brought Christmas spirit and joy to the Catholic Daughters St. Rose de Lima Court 1194.

Briefs – Portland Press Herald

December 6, 2022 — Thanks to generous parishioners and community members from around York County, hundreds of children will receive presents at Christmas.

Myra Kahn Adams – Townhall

December 4, 2022 — My husband David is an executive with Cross Catholic Outreach, an international charity that begins every workday with a devotion.

Nikki Rajala – The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine of the Diocese of St. Cloud

December 4, 2022 — The Council of Catholic Women groups in the Eastern and Northwestern deaneries of the Diocese of St. Cloud have filled 679 “Box of Joy” Christmas gifts for children in Central America.

Joseph Pronechen – National Catholic Register

December 4, 2022 — Last year, 5-year-old Luz Marina Rodriguez was the first one awake on the day she was to receive her Box of Joy.

The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio

December 1, 2022 — Jim Cavnar tells us about a hopeful program that brings joy to those in poor communities – Box of Joy®. Listen in at the 35 minute mark.

Zoey Maraist – The Arlington Catholic Herald

November 30, 2022 — Weeks before Dec. 25, the hum of commercialism fills the air along with Christmas carols and wintry winds.

Cy Kellett – Catholic Answers Focus Podcast

November 23, 2022 — Living our Catholic faith in a way that makes a difference in the lives of other people is the topic for this podcast.

The Daily Nonpareil

November 23, 2022 — Catholic Daughters Court St. Anthony #330 of Council Bluffs, Iowa, filled seventeen shoe boxes with toys, coloring/activity books, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, hard candies, dolls, trucks, puzzles and other items to delight young children.

Catholic Mom

November 23, 2022 — This Advent, the global nonprofit Cross Catholic Outreach is providing parishes, families and others with an opportunity to help Guatemalan families in desperate need of safe, reliable homes through a special seasonal initiative called “Transforming Lives in Guatemala.”

Huron Daily Tribune

November 22, 2022 — Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic School is packing up boxes to be sent out to kids and families across the world with the help of Cross Catholic Outreach, an international charity organization.

Florida Catholic Media

November 18, 2022 — Box of Joy with Bishop Barbarito was featured on page 4 of the Diocese of Palm Beach Florida Catholic publication.

Busted Halo | Faith Shared Joyfully

November 14, 2022 — The season of giving is upon us! If you’re looking to add a little bit of Catholic goodness to your gift list, you’ve come to the right place.

The Dominion Post and Yahoo

November 12, 2022 — Last month, the West Virginia Knights of Columbus organization was joined by volunteers and students of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy to pack 62,000 meals to be distributed across West Virginia and in developing countries with the greatest need.

Catholic Connection on EWTN Radio and Ave Maria Radio

November 11, 2022 — Vanessa Denha Garmo filling in for Teresa Tomeo interviews Cross Catholic Outreach’s Jim Cavnar about the Safe Housing Advent Initiative.

Brother’s Brother Foundation

November 9, 2022 — Haitian sugarcane workers used to live in the Dominican Republic only during the work season, but tumultuous conditions in Haiti have caused many to seek refuge in the Dominican Republic year-round.

The Catholic Spirit – The Catholic Spirit – A Publication of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis

November 8, 2022 — The NCCW’s charitable concern and commitment to service was clear in other presentations that morning from several national and international organizations the council partners with to serve the poor and vulnerable, including Catholic Relief Services and Cross Catholic Outreach.

The Catholic Post – The Newspaper of the Diocese of Peoria, IL

November 6, 2022 — While Christmas brings to mind mornings filled with wonder and excitement as children open their gifts, that isn’t the case for many children around the world. Cross Catholic Outreach is working to change that and now is the time to take action with Box of Joy.

Guadalupe Radio

October 22, 2022 — Michele Sagarino was featured on the Interview of the Week on Guadalupe Radio with host Dave Palmer.

The Busted Halo Show

October 20, 2022 — On Thursday, October 20th, Sandi Pino was interviewed about Box of Joy by Fr. Dave Dwyer on the Busted Halo Show on The Catholic Channel, Sirius XM.

Catholic Connection on EWTN Radio and Ave Maria Radio

October 20, 2022 — Often times when we see all the suffering out there, we kind of want to pull the covers over our head and say — “I can’t handle it anymore! Calgon! Take me away!” — for those old enough to remember that commercial. But we should never give up and never give into the discouragement and we can always do something to make a difference. That’s why I appreciate the work of Cross Catholic Outreach and the Box of Joy Ministry.

Interview starts at about 34:51.

National Catholic Educators Association (NCEA)

October 18, 2022 — Through the years, Cross Catholic Outreach has partnered with the National Catholic Educators Association (NCEA). NCEA works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. Their membership includes nearly 140,000 administrators and educators serving 1.6 million students in Catholic education. The NCEA posted a blog about Box of Joy on their website.

Bangor Daily News

October 16, 2022 — SKOWHEGAN — Six years ago, Elyse Wilson of Christ the King Parish in Skowhegan read about a program that helped provide shoe boxes full of gifts to mission children in South America who had never received Christmas presents before.

Sun Journal

October 13, 2022 — The Box of Joy program, facilitated by Skowhegan and Western Maine Lakes churches, helps children in need.

Carroll Times Herald

October 6, 2022 — Siouxland Catholic Radio, 88.1 FM, has again collaborated with an international nonprofit organization, Cross Catholic Outreach, to bring Advent and Christmas joy to poverty-stricken children through the Box of Joy program.

WBOY (NBC) — 12 News Weekend at 6p

October 1, 2022 — Knights of Columbus members of West Virginia as well as Cross Catholic Outreach held a meal packing event called “Food for the poor is food for your soul” in the gymnasium of the Mountaineer Challenge Academy at Camp Dawson on Saturday.

DC News Now

October 1, 2022 — Knights of Columbus members of West Virginia as well as Cross Catholic Outreach held a meal packing event called “Food for the poor is food for your soul” in the gymnasium of the Mountaineer Challenge Academy at Camp Dawson on Saturday.

Channel 12 WBOY

October 1, 2022 — Knights of Columbus members of West Virginia as well as Cross Catholic Outreach held a meal packing event called “Food for the poor is food for your soul” in the gymnasium of the Mountaineer Challenge Academy at Camp Dawson on Saturday.

Buenos Dias Misioneros

September 30, 2022 — Tessie O’Dea was interviewed in Spanish about the Box of Joy ministry.

Buenos Dias Misioneros

September 29, 2022 — Tessie O’Dea was interviewed in Spanish about the Box of Joy ministry.

Catholic Mom

September 29, 2022 — The feeling of being forgotten, left out and alone is all too familiar for families and children in developing countries. Cross Catholic Outreach, a global relief and development ministry, is ready to show the world’s poorest children they are not alone through its Box of Joy ministry — and they’re inviting people across the U.S. to join the excitement.

Catholic Faith Network

September 27, 2022 — On Tuesday, September 27th, Jim Cavnar was interviewed on Catholic Faith Network’s CFN Live show.

Seize the Day on SiriusXM Radio

September 22, 2022 — Jim Cavnar is interviewed on the Seize the day Show with Greg Lloyd to discuss Box of Joy.

Seize the Day on SiriusXM Radio

September 22, 2022 — Jim Cavnar is interviewed on the Seize the day Show with Greg Lloyd to discuss Box of Joy.

The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio

September 22, 2022 — Jim Cavnar talks about the Box of Joy Project.

Son Rise Morning Show

September 20, 2022 — Jim Cavnar was a guest on Son Rise Morning Show airing on EWTN Radio and Sacred Heart Radio affiliate stations. During the 7-minute interview with Matt Swaim, Jim encouraged participation in the Box of Joy ministry as well as mentioned our support for the people in the wake of Hurricane Fiona.

CRUX

September 17, 2022 — Saying he wanted to promote even “stronger links” between the dioceses of Latin America and the Caribbean and the poorest people in their territories, Pope Francis ordered changes to the structure of a foundation established by St. John Paul II 30 years ago.

Our Sunday Visitor

September 16, 2022 — Saying he wanted to promote even “stronger links” between the dioceses of Latin America and the Caribbean and the poorest people in their territories, Pope Francis ordered changes to the structure of a foundation established by St. John Paul II 30 years ago.

The Catholic Virginian

September 16, 2022 — Saying he wanted to promote even “stronger links” between the dioceses of Latin America and the Caribbean and the poorest people in their territories, Pope Francis ordered changes to the structure of a foundation established by St. John Paul II 30 years ago.

World News Day

September 16, 2022 — Saying he wanted to promote even “stronger links” between the dioceses of Latin America and the Caribbean and the poorest people in their territories, Pope Francis ordered changes to the structure of a foundation established by St. John Paul II 30 years ago.

This Is the Day on CatholicTV

September 16, 2022 — Jim Cavnar of Cross Catholic Outreach joins us today to talk about their Box of Joy program. He shares how the program works and benefits children overseas, what to put in the boxes, and why they are starting this Christmas outreach in September.

Wake UP! Catholic Community Radio

September 12, 2022 — Jim Cavnar, President of Cross Catholic Outreach, was interviewed by Gaby Smith, Alicia Quebedeaux and Damian Calato about the Box of Joy ministry on Wake UP! Click the link below to hear him speak at about 6:28 minutes.

The Record

September 7, 2022 — From time to time it seems that many people, lost in the confusion, turbulence and complexities of modern life, fall into the trap of taking many good things for granted.

Townhall

August 28, 2022 — Over the course of writing 128 studies, occasionally, I have mentioned my husband, David — most notably in Vol. 42.

CRUX

August 25, 2022 — As Ukraine approached the 31st anniversary of its independence Aug. 24, it did so while embroiled in a bitter fight for that freedom, as it hit the six-month mark of defending itself against a Russian invasion.

Catholic Review

August 25, 2022 — As Ukraine approached the 31st anniversary of its independence Aug. 24, it did so while embroiled in a bitter fight for that freedom, as it hit the six-month mark of defending itself against a Russian invasion.

Detroit Catholic

August 24, 2022 — As Ukraine approached the 31st anniversary of its independence Aug. 24, it did so while embroiled in a bitter fight for that freedom, as it hit the six-month mark of defending itself against a Russian invasion.

Catholic365

August 24, 2022 — As Ukraine approached the 31st anniversary of its independence Aug. 24, it did so while embroiled in a bitter fight for that freedom, as it hit the six-month mark of defending itself against a Russian invasion.

Diocese of Scranton

August 24, 2022 — As Ukraine approached the 31st anniversary of its independence Aug. 24, it did so while embroiled in a bitter fight for that freedom, as it hit the six-month mark of defending itself against a Russian invasion.

ANGELUS

August 24, 2022 — As Ukraine approached the 31st anniversary of its independence Aug. 24, it did so while embroiled in a bitter fight for that freedom, as it hit the six-month mark of defending itself against a Russian invasion.

L.A. (Lower Alabama) Catholic Morning on Archangel Radio

August 23, 2022 — Jim Cavnar talks about the Box of Joy program.

National Catholic Register

August 23, 2022 — What do efforts to bring relational ministry to Catholic parishes, school choice to families in Georgia, and potable water to the people of Guatemala all have in common?

National Catholic Register

August 21, 2022 — The plight of millions of refugees affected by the war in Ukraine continues to be a humanitarian crisis, and relief efforts for the displaced Ukrainians, many seeking aid in neighboring Poland, continues.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 — WTAE ABC

June 11, 2022 — Well, 40,000 meals packed and ready in just a few hours! That was the goal today at St. Therese Church in Munhall, PA.

The Katie McGrady Show on The Catholic Channel/SiriusXM Radio

June 9, 2022 — Jim shares the story of the background of Cross Catholic Outreach.

Seize the Day on SiriusXM Radio

June 2, 2022 — Jim Cavnar, president of Cross Catholic Outreach (a Vatican endorsed Catholic non-profit that partners with Catholic religious and lay people to serve the poorest of the poor), says that the inspiration to start Cross Catholic Outreach started with studying and mediating on the scripture, Matthew 25 in particular. Listen to the entire interview about Cross’s over 20-year history and current projects.

The Catholic News Herald in the Diocese of Charlotte, NC

May 25, 2022 — Students at St. Michael School count the money raised during six weeks of “Penny Wars.”

WNGL Archangel Radio

May 24, 2022 — Jim Cavnar speaks about Cross Catholic Outreach’s Ukraine relief campaign on LA Catholic Morning with Todd Sylvester and Ellen Taylor. (begins at approximately 24:25)

Real Presence Radio

May 23, 2022 — Jim Cavnar talks about his path and general information about Cross Catholic Outreach followed by a description of Ukraine relief efforts.

Relevant Radio

May 20, 2022 — Jim Cavnar brings some updates on relief efforts in Ukraine. (begins at approximately 10:25)

Catholic Community Radio

May 18, 2022 — A live interview with Joseph Pearce, author, talks about his book Faith of Our Fathers, and Jim Cavnar, president of Cross Catholic Outreach, talks about Cross Catholic Outreach’s Ukrainian relief efforts, and Dr. Naomi Yavneh-Klos (close), chair of the Religion, Languages and Cultures Department at Loyola University New Orleans, talks about the exhibit In Quarantine with Anne Frank. Listen to the interview (begins at approximately 27:21).

The Catholic Morning Show

May 17, 2022 — interview with Jim Cavnar about Ukraine Campaign. Listen to the interview (begins at approximately 17:33)

EWTN Radio and Ave Maria Radio

May 16, 2022 — Listen to the interview (begins at approximately 32:57)

The East Tennessee Catholic

May 11, 2022 — With one boy’s offering of five loaves and two fish, Christ was able to feed the multitude of 5,000. With hundreds of donors and volunteers throughout the Diocese of Knoxville, Christ’s Church was able to feed 50,000.

Son Rise Morning Show

May 10, 2022 — Listen to the interview (begins approximately 1:19:58).

CFN Live

May 9, 2022 — Jim Cavnar tells us about Cross Catholic Outreach’s Ukraine Campaign efforts.

The Pilot

May 6, 2022 — In the hallways of St. Mary of the Annunciation School, it is not unusual to see middle school students exchange greetings with the children in preschool and kindergarten.

Miami Herald

Apr. 25, 2022 — What can get millennials and Gen Z-ers to pause Netflix and avoid Instagram?

WBOY-TV

Apr. 23, 2022 — The Knights of Columbus packed meals today at the Nathan Goff National Guard Armory in Clarksburg.

WDTV

Bridgeport, WV (WDTV) — Apr. 23, 2022 — West Virginia Knights of Columbus teamed up with Cross Catholic Outreach at the Nathan Goff Armory in Clarksburg to pack meals for families.

Vatican News

Apr. 23, 2022 — Around 300 Missionaries of Mercy from across the world are gathered in Rome for the Third international meeting of the Missionaries of Mercy, organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

CFN Live on the Catholic Faith Network

Mar. 30, 2022 — Michele Sagarino, Cross Catholic Outreach Vice President for Development, discusses Wells of Salvation and the Hallow App #Pray40 Lenten Challenge collaboration. This Lent, the popular Catholic app, Hallow, is teaming up with Cross Catholic Outreach to help build water wells for families in Ghana, Malawi and Zambia.

Wake Up!

Mar. 29, 2022 — Jeremiah Harrison talks about the Illustrated Liturgical Year Calendar: Easter Cycle. And Steve Ray, Catholic convert and speaker talks about St. Peter’s Basilica and all the meaning and symbolism. Jim Cavnar discusses Cross Catholic Outreach’s partnership with Hallow and the #Pray40 Challenge. Listen to the interview (begins approximately 37:35).

Ave Maria Radio

Mar. 19, 2022 — June Lawrence talks about Cross Catholic Outreach teaming up with St. Paul on the Lake School to pack 40,176 meals that will be shipped to poor children and families in dire need. Listen to the interview (begins approximately 33:04).

CFN Live

Mar. 14, 2022 — Jim Cavnar tells us about the Wells of Salvation program that helps bring clean drinking water to Africa.

Community – News for the Saint Leo University Community

Mar. 8, 2022 — On Saturday, March 5, more than 200 volunteers from the Saint Leo University community gathered for the Spring Fling Morning of Service.

The Florida Catholic

Mar. 3, 2022 — Students at St. John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton pack meals during a Cross Catholic Outreach event Feb. 26, 2022, in the school gymnasium.

Christian News Wire

Mar. 2, 2022 — Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in the hit TV series “The Chosen,” is helping Hallow, the No. 1 Catholic app in the world, guide Catholics to their best Lent yet, journeying through The Last 7 Words of Christ for Hallow’s #Pray40 challenge.

The Observer

Feb. 24, 2022 — In 2001, coworkers Jim Cavnar and Brian Schutt left their former employer and began Cross International Catholic Outreach, which became Cross Catholic Outreach in 2011.

Wake Up!

Feb. 23, 2022 — We’re live with Dan DeMatte author of Dream Bigger: A 21-Day Journey to Unlock God’s Dream for Your LifeJim Cavnar, president of Cross Catholic Outreach talks about Wells of Salvation campaign and Bridget Soileau talks about Baton Rouge 40 Days for Life campaign. Listen to the interview (begins approximately 28:00).

SiriusXM Radio

Feb. 22, 2022 — Listen to the interview.

Son Rise Morning Show

Feb. 22, 2022 — Listen to the interview (begins approximately 1:23:04).

Relevant Radio

Feb. 18, 2022 — Jim Cavnar tells us about the Wells of Salvation program that helps bring clean drinking water to Africa. Listen to the interview (begins at approximately 37:03).

Community

Feb. 17, 2022 — As a member of the Saint Leo community, we are all called to serve. This year, University Ministry is offering a new opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to join in the Spring Fling Morning of Service, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the Glen E. Greenfelder-Janet L. Denlinger Boardrooms in the Student Community Center.

The Florida Catholic

Feb. 10, 2022 — The Diocese of Palm Beach is blessed with faithful of all ages who give generously of their time, talent and treasure. For example, 200 Cardinal Newman High School students, parents, staff and alumni participated in a special event Feb. 5 to pack 60,000 meals for people in need.

Catholic Courier

Feb. 2, 2022 — Since its inception in 2016, the Box of Joy program through Cross Catholic Ministries has blessed increasing numbers of children in the Caribbean and Central America and allowed them to experience the joy of Christmas through simple shoebox gifts full of treasures.

Archdiocese of Miami

Jan. 26, 2022 — Cross Catholic Outreach, a Catholic global relief and development non-profit, has collected nearly 100,000 Boxes of Joy that will be shipped to poverty-stricken children in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Granada, Colombia and Guatemala.

Florida Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach

November 29, 2021 — In the poorest countries, mothers are turning to extreme measures because of the global hunger crisis. Some boil pots of rocks and water so their children can fall asleep imagining that they’ll have food in the morning.

The Catholic Witness — Diocese of Harrisburg

November 24, 2021 — Bishop Ronald Gainer blesses the nearly 2,000 Boxes of Joy, packed and ready to be shipped from the Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s project.

Florida Catholic Archdiocese of Miami

November 24, 2021 — Parents, parishes and schools are always looking for ways to teach children the importance of helping others. But there’s nothing like teaching by example.

Florida Catholic Archdiocese of Miami

November 24, 2021 — Parents, parishes and schools are always looking for ways to teach children the importance of helping others. But there’s nothing like teaching by example.

Angelus News a publication of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

November 15, 2021 — American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach on Saturday, Nov. 13, drew more than 500 volunteers to assemble and package about 120,000 dry meals that will be shipped to families in need in Guatemala.

Dominican Life USA

November 10, 2021 — The Barry University Health and Sports Center was alive with activity on November 8, 2021, as students and employees raced to prepare 40,000 food packs, most bound for Haiti, in only four hours.

ABC 7 News WSVN Miami

November 9, 2021 — Barry University put on a big effort to battle hunger.

NBC 6 Miami | South Florida

November 8, 2021 — Students at Barry University lent a helping hand to get food over to Haiti. NBC 6’s Marcine Joseph spoke to the students making a difference.

Detroit Catholic

October 11, 2021 — Over 110 students, 9 staff, and 2 faculty members from Madonna University participated in an engaging food packing event as part of the 4th Annual Franciscan Day of Service Day to perform the corporal work of mercy, feed the hungry. Together, about 40,000 meals were packed for those less fortunate brothers and sisters in Guatemala.

Ave Maria Radio

Oct. 5, 2021 — Teresa interviewed June Lawrence, Cross Catholic Outreach Parish Development officer, about the upcoming food-packing event with Madonna University on the campus of St. Priscilla Catholic Church. Interview begins at about the 17:00 mark.

Florida Catholic

May 31, 2021 — Some 111 volunteers met at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School in Delray Beach to pack 40,176 meals, which will be shipped to Cross Catholic Outreach partners in Guatemala and distributed to the hungry there.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

May 11, 2021 — Some 600 volunteers comprised of students, staff and volunteers met at Reckling Gymnasium to pack 100,000 meals, which will be shipped to Cross Catholic Outreach partners in Haiti and distributed to the hungry there.

Diocese of Palm Beach

February 16, 2021 — Thanks to the leadership of the parish’s Women’s Guild and the collaboration of various parish ministries, The Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in the Diocese of Palm Beach was able to bless 500 children in developing countries with Christmas gift boxes through the Box of Joy ministry at Cross Catholic Outreach.

The Diocese of Bridgeport

December 2020 — Amidst the worldwide pandemic, when building community and creating awareness of serving others seem to be more important than ever, many of the faithful from the Diocese of Bridgeport are reaching across the globe to provide what all children want at Christmas: special gifts and the knowledge that someone loves them.

The Superior Catholic Herald

December 25, 2020 — In preparation for Christmas, parishioners from Holy Rosary, Medford, picked up, filled and returned 129 Boxes of Joy.

The Arlington Catholic Herald

December 22, 2020 — Young people and families from parishes, schools and youth groups across the diocese helped spread Christmas joy this year with a hands-on project in which they learned about charity and the church’s humanitarian work overseas.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich

December 9, 2020 — Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. In Catholic elementary and high school, we decorated our classrooms, prepared for our Christmas pageant, and made Christmas cards for veterans and our elderly community.

St. Louis Review

October 30, 2020 — Troop’s project aims to share God’s love with others. High school freshman Lauren Morris picked the Box of Joy project for her American Heritage Girls troop at Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie, where she is project leader.

Our Sunday Visitor

October 28, 2020 — U.S. Catholic parishes, schools and groups have been collecting items since the fall to share Christmas joy in small packages for children in poverty-stricken nations and will deliver the gift boxes to local drop-off centers during Box of Joy Week, Nov. 7-15.

Bangor Daily News

Holy Spirit Parish (St. Martha Church, Kennebunk; St. Mary Church, Wells; All Saints Church, Ogunquit) will participate in a program that helps provide shoeboxes full of gifts to mission children in South America who have never received Christmas presents before.