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March 28, 2016

Contact: Kate Wieland
Tel:  1-800-914-2420 Ext. 291

Cross Catholic Outreach Hosts 4th Annual Shine Your Light Gala to Support Haiti Mission 

Baton Rouge, La. (April 6, 2016) – Deacon Dan Borne will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the 4th Annual Shine Your Light Gala, a fun and elegant evening being held at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on April 6, 2016 to benefit the Kobonal Haiti Mission and its outreaches to poor.

Cross Catholic Outreach, a Catholic relief and development organization based in South Florida, is partnering with Abbeville Priest, Father Glenn Meaux of the Kobonal Haiti Mission to host the 4th Annual Shine Your Light Gala, which will also honor Ralph “’Bud” Lee, this year’s Cross Catholic Outreach “Hands of Light” Award winner.  The former lawyer and assistant district attorney is from New Iberia, Louisiana.

The Gala hopes to raise $175,000 in support of the Kobonal Haiti Mission, which provides sturdy concrete houses and other support for impoverished Haitian families. The event will also commemorate the Mission’s life-changing outreach in Haiti.

“When I arrived in Kobonal, it was known as ‘the darkest corner of the Diocese of Hinche.’ At that time, we found families enslaved by poverty, with little means to escape,” Fr. Meaux said.

In 2003, Fr. Meaux partnered with Cross Catholic Outreach. Together, they have been helping the poor ever since.

“Dreams are coming to be realized. Stability is being brought about. Being in partnership with Cross Catholic, having the faith community of Cross Catholic — we are a family. The poor will not be denied. They will have access to not only basic necessities, but also an understanding and belief in the power of God to meet their needs,” Fr. Meaux said.

The Shine Your Light Gala will have entertainment provided by Amanda Mena season 2, winner of LaVoz.  The event will include both a live and silent auction and is expected to draw more than 160 participants. The dinner menu is being crafted by internationally-known Chef John Folse – a Louisiana Chef “Hall of Fame” inductee.

For more information about the Shine Your Light Gala, contact Kate Wieland, Special Events Coordinator, at, or visit

Cross Catholic Outreach is a Catholic relief and development organization working in more than two dozen developing countries. In addition to providing material aid such as food, clothing, shelter and medicines, Cross Catholic supports ongoing programs that help the poor lift themselves out of poverty and thus break its vicious cycle. We ensure that the aid reaches those who need it the most by working together with local priests, missionaries and churches around the world as well as the Vatican’s relief agency, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. For more information, visit or call 561-392-9212.


PBG Lifestyle Magazine
Local ministry president to be panelist at Rome-based forum
By: Ilana Lifshitz Posted on: September 24, 2014 ilana-62

The president of a local Catholic relief and development ministry will sit on the panel of the International Vatican Forum in Rome this November.

Jim Cavnar, president of Cross Catholic Outreach in Boca Raton, said in an email that he was invited to be a panelist after conference planners recognized his significant relationship with Catholic ministries across the world. Cross Catholic Outreach, which is a member of Caritas in Veritate International, was founded in 2001 and has since provided $1.2 billion to the poor across 90 countries. In 2013 alone, CCO gave $240 million to more than 250 projects in almost 30 countries.

The International Vatican Forum is from Nov. 6-9 at a pontifical university. Lectures discussed will range from the social significance of Christianity to the relationship between culture and spirituality, Cavnar said. In addition to the lecture series, panel discussions about the relationship between faith and charitable works will also take place.

CIVI is co-hosting the event with CCO. Cavnar said he decided to co-host the forum because of CCO’s “interest in seeing Catholic charities learn how to make their services to the poor be more effective through their faith.” CIVI, founded in 2010, recognizes Catholic charities like CCO in an international association.

Accessing the proceedings of the forum while they’re in progress is not possible, but Cavnar expects them to be published in a book sometime after the forum’s conclusion. He said that anyone interested in obtaining a copy should contact him.

Cavnar said he is looking forward to sitting on the forum’s panel and is excited by the opportunity to meet international leaders of charity organizations.

“I have always found getting to know such people very inspiring,” he said. “Imagine walking into a room full of Mother Teresas and you’ll get the idea.”

Contact: Tom Panas
(646) 707-3829
Cross Catholic Outreach To Present International Vatican Forum
with Caritas in Veritate International (CiVI)
Cross Catholic President James J. Cavnar To Be Panelist

Boca Raton, Florida (Friday, September 05, 2014) —Cross Catholic Outreach, a Catholic relief and development organization based in South Florida ( ) in partnership with Caritas in Veritate International, will present an International Leaders Forum at the Universita’ Urbaniana at the Vatican from November 5-9, 2014. The forum themes will be “The Culture of Encounter” and Pope Francis’ “Evangelii Gaudium” (Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to find “Joy in the Gospel.”).

Cross Catholic Outreach recently became a member of CiVI. CiVI is a confederation of Catholic institutions, registered in Belgium, that recruits and mobilizes young volunteers to help others ( Cross Catholic Outreach was invited to join CiVI because it enthusiastically embraces CiVI’s efforts to implement the wishes of Pope Benedict XVI to give truth and charity to those in need.

One of several forum objectives is to involve Catholic institutions in the Church’s Mission of Charity as witnessed by Pope Francis and as called for in Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus Caritas est.” The Theology of Pope Francis will be presented and will include “reaching out to refugees, a call of Pope Francis to be heard.”

Cross Catholic President James J. Cavnar will be on the panel “Encountering Jesus in the Face of the Poor.” This topic reflects a core concept of Cross Catholic Outreach, which is dedicated to “helping the poorest of the poor” through its unique approach of holistic ministry.

James Cavnar explains. “Holistic ministry integrates the spiritual and the practical. Improving the living conditions of the poor is incomplete without sharing the Gospel with them. When we share the Gospel with those we are helping, we discover, as the Holy Father suggests, ‘joy in the gospel’ and truly see Jesus in the faces of the poor.”

Organizations from around the world will be represented at the forum. In addition to Cross Catholic Outreach, there will be Catholic Christian Outreach and Communita’ Magnificat Dominum (both members of CiVI), the City of Joy in China, Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, North American College, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and Answering the Cry of the Poor. The attached agenda provides complete information about organizations, topics and presenters, as well as a registration form.

Cross Catholic Outreach will be posting regular updates about the International Leaders Forum on its website,, Facebook, and Twitter,

About Cross Catholic Outreach
Cross Catholic Outreach,, a Catholic non-profit relief and development organization headquartered in Florida, has provided food, clothing, shelter, medicine and other aid to people in more than 40 countries worldwide. Cross accomplishes this by offering direct financial aid to Catholic ministries serving the poor and by distributing aid through the ministries’ programs. In addition to providing direct and often emergency aid, Cross also strives to break the cycle of poverty over the long-term by supporting education, microenterprise programs and community development.

Cross Catholic Outreach was formed in 2002 by Jim Cavnar and Brian Schutt. Jim Cavnar is currently president and Brian Schutt is senior vice president. Cross began by helping people suffering extreme poverty in Haiti and the Caribbean but has grown to include Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Since its inception, Cross program services to the poor have reached nearly two billion dollars.


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