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PR - 08.10.11

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Bishop Barbarito Dedicates and Blesses Cross Catholic Outreach Headquarters

Boca Raton, FL (Aug 10, 2011) — Tishop Gerald Barbarito of the Diocese of Palm Beach formally dedicated and blessed the new Florida headquarters of Cross Catholic Outreach on August 5.  The Catholic relief and development organization serves the poor in 40 countries by distributing food, medicines and other aid to needy families through the parishes and Catholic missionaries already in place overseas.

The bishop expressed appreciation for the significant aid Cross Catholic is providing worldwide. More than $881,821,982 in goods and $26,313,377 in cash grants have been made by the ministry during its 10-year history through the end of 2010, and its annual outreach is expected to increase again in 2011.

“Cross Catholic Outreach is reaching out to the poor. It’s ministering to the poor,” Bishop Barbarito said. “It’s the most important work of the Church.”

Cross Catholic opened the new headquarters in May 2011 at Fountain Square in Boca Raton as part of a planned expansion to grow its ministry efforts.

Cross Catholic President Jim Cavnar described the bishop’s formal blessing of the office and staff as “a true honor.”

“We are thankful for the ongoing support we’ve received from Bishop Barbarito for many years, and we are grateful for his visit to our new headquarters,” Cavnar said. “Cross Catholic is poised to begin a new chapter of expansion, and we wouldn’t want to move forward without his blessing.”

Cross Catholic Outreach is an official Catholic relief and development organization under the Diocese of Palm Beach. Virtually all of its work is accomplished through partnerships with existing Catholic parishes and clergy working overseas, which keeps administrative and fund-raising costs at an industry low. More than 96 percent of donations received by Cross Catholic is used for program services.

Bishop Barbarito said he and the Diocese of Palm Beach are grateful for the “outstanding work for the poor” done by Cross Catholic Outreach.

“We thank you for the work that you carry out for the least of our brothers and sisters,” Bishop Barbarito said.

For more information about Cross Catholic, visit or call 561-392-9212.



Cross Catholic Outreach

2700 N. Military Trail, Suite 240

PO Box 273908

Boca Raton, Florida 33427-3908


Cross Catholic Outreach is a 501c3

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