Thank you for attending

We were blessed by your presence at the St. Louis Gathering. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to attend. We pray the evening was as much of a blessing to you, as you are a blessing to us.

Thank you to our incredible hosts, Jane and Pat Tracy, and to our inspirational speakers, James Cavnar and John Bland. Through their warmth, hospitality and informative updates we hope you saw firsthand just how you empower Cross Catholic Outreach and our in-country ministry partners to bless the poorest of the poor in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We would love to hear what you thought of the event!

What’s next?

There are many ways to get involved with Cross Catholic Outreach and our ministry to the poorest of the poor.

host a gathering

Gatherings are a unique opportunity to raise awareness and celebrate the incredible men and women, like John Bland, who have transformed communities with the help of generous donors. By hosting a gathering, you can help multiply the efforts of our ministry partners by raising support through your network. Contact us to learn more.

plan a vision or mission trip

There’s nothing quite like visiting the children, communities and mission partners that your gifts directly support. Once you visit our projects and see the impact of your gifts firsthand, we believe God can use you to be his hands and feet, to bring light to an often dark world.

Support the work of cross catholic and our ministry partners

This spring, Cross Catholic Outreach is teaming up with John Bland and Amigos for Christ to bring clean water and improved sanitation to Nicaraguan communities. With your support, we will construct three new water systems connecting to 201 homes, build new modern bathrooms for 201 families, and provide medical screenings and health education about bacteria, parasites and kidney disease.

Join us as we quench thirst, prevent illness and show Christ’s love.

Our Speakers

James Cavnar

President, Cross Catholic Outreach

James Cavnar and a small group of colleagues launched Cross Catholic Outreach to support parishes and ministries that directly serve the world’s poor in their own communities. Under his leadership, Cross Catholic Outreach grew from a fledgling enterprise to a Vatican-endorsed charity in dozens of countries.

John Bland

Founder, Amigos for Christ

John, a Cross Catholic Outreach Ministry Partner, shared how your gifts have helped his mission provide love and hope to the poor in rural Nicaragua.

John Bland saw things that forever changed his life: a little girl scavenging and eating rotten fruit peels from a garbage dump; a young boy sleeping in a dirty cardboard box to escape the heat and fumes of the trash heap while his mother waded through a sea of refuse looking for recyclables to sell. These experiences stirred something profound within his soul, turning his 1998 mission trip to the city dump in Chinandega into a turning point in his life.

Moved to action, he planned a second trip to the area a year later. He then quit his lucrative job in Georgia and launched Amigos for Christ — a mission devoted to serving some of the poorest families in Nicaragua.

A deep faith in Christ keeps the outreach moving. Faith is not just a source of power for the ministry. It is also Amigos for Christ’s gift to the poor. In the course of working with families, John quickly realized that it wasn’t enough to build homes for them outside the dump. They needed a path forward. Today he transforms villages by working alongside community members to provide services ranging from clean water to animal husbandry projects to the construction of sanitary kitchens — whatever it takes to bring the poor real hope for a brighter future.


Your continued support helps mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ.