What began as a unifying project for kids in Salinas, Calif., has helped make possible a weeklong summer camp for fellow children of migrant farmworkers in Hartville, Ohio, thanks to an unselfish act of generosity. It began when the Cristo Rey Youth Group (Diocese of Monterey, Calif.) submitted a video as part of Extension Day, an initiative of Catholic Extension, a national nonprofit committed to strengthening and building the Catholic faith in some of America’s poorest areas. The organization has a special relationship with young Catholics, providing more than $3 million annually in support of programs that engage youth and nurture future church leaders.
Marking the culmination of its inaugural Extension Day call to the youth of America, Catholic Extension announced today the top submissions and finalists who are now eligible for grants to benefit their ministry and carry their efforts forward.
To celebrate the March 13 anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, the youth of America, with the help of Catholic Extension, are giving him a unique gift: a close-up look at their efforts to extend beyond themselves and “make some noise.”
On Monday, March 31, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) will host “The Transformative Power of Faith: Responding to Pope Francis’ Call,” an event that will spotlight Catholics today in the U.S. who are models of Pope Francis’ desire for Catholics to be advocates for the poor and agents of change. The event will feature a panel discussion of Catholics who have been honored nationally by Catholic Extension for their ministry. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Robsham Theater on BC’s main campus in Chestnut Hill. The moderator will be STM Dean Mark Massa, S.J.
In response to Pope Francis' continual call since World Youth Day 2013 to “make some noise,” Catholic Extension is encouraging youth nationwide to extend to beyond themselves with a day of prayer, service or philanthropy, and to document their efforts with a short video. Extension Day offers top finalists the opportunity for their video to be viewed and recognized by Pope Francis.