People are at the heart of Catholic Extension's mission. While we provide the resources to meet the needs of our mission dioceses, it is Spirit-led Catholics in these areas who are unleashing the power of faith in their communities. Our team members travel across the country to meet these Catholics, whose lives and hearts have been touched by Catholic Extension support. They share with us the stories of their challenges and their successes first hand, and their abundant faith serves as an inspiring reminder of our work and our mission. When you give a gift, you become an integral part of these stories. Read on to discover the specific ways our donors are building faith, inspiring hope and igniting change in faith communities from Alaska to Virginia and discover the many ways that you, too, can make an impact.
Stories of Faith
A dedicated religious sister brings hope to one of America's poorest communities. - In 1994, Time magazine labeled Lake Providence, Louisiana, "The Poorest Place in America." Eighteen years later, the situation remains dire. Most of the buildings along the main street are burned out. Stores are shuttered.
Oklahoma State University students call each other by name - We arrived at St John the Evangelist University Parish and Newman Center, at Oklahoma State University, at 8 a.m. OSU has had a relationship with Catholic Extension since 1977. Our plan was to meet with Father Stuart Crevcoure and some of the college students...
Each year, Catholics in the Diocese of Stockton celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe by parading through the streets. - It's a centuries-old story close to the hearts of Hispanic Catholics: in 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian.
Sister Nancy Crafton hears and meets the needs of Colorado’s migrant workers - Recently, the Catholic Extension team visited El Centro de Los Pobres (meaning, “The Center for the Poor”), in the small town of Avondale, Colorado. For 29 years, Los Pobres has been the only charitable facility serving...
A thriving prison ministry provides a Catholic presence for long-term inmates. - Frank is not your typical Catholic. He is serving a life sentence at Clements Unit, a prison in Amarillo, Texas. Despite his separation from the rest of the world, Frank does not feel alone. He and approximately 1,500 inmates across seven prisons in the Diocese of Amarillo are ministered to by a team of five priests, eight deacons and eighteen lay volunteers who spend their time bringing the "outside" Church to the "inside."