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 mix of strong faith and sweat equity builds community—and a church—in Unionville, Missouri - Built in 1871, St. Mary Mission has been the only Catholic presence within 25 miles of rural Unionville, Missouri. For a long time, Catholics struggled to find their place within the local community.
A thriving parish celebrates its one-year anniversary - Each year, nearly 100 parishes in the United States receive Catholic Extension funding to build churches and make critical facility improvements. St. Mary Presentation Parish in Deer Park, Washington, recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their new church...
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.