Press Releases


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.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Father Jack Wall Catholic Extension

More than 200 Catholics from across Greater New York City gathered for a sold-out dinner event Tuesday October 22nd with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Welcomes Catholic Extension President to New York to Celebrate the National Organization's Role in Building the Faith and Church Leadership

On Tuesday, October 22, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will welcome Rev. John J. Wall, president, Catholic Extension, to New York to mark Catholic Extension’s ongoing efforts to develop future leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States. Father Wall will concelebrate the 7 a.m. Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with Cardinal Dolan. That evening, both will welcome guests at a Yale Club dinner highlighting the mission of Catholic Extension.

Award-Winning, Lay Couple Have Trained, Mentored and Inspired Thousands of Young Latinos and Migrant Workers

Catholic Extension, a national organization devoted to supporting poor Catholic communities, has given its highest annual award to José and Digna R. López of the Diocese of Stockton, a lay couple who, for more than 20 years, have trained, mentored and inspired thousands of Latino youth in the Stockton, Calif. area, deeply affected by both urban and migrant poverty.


Catholic Extension program is largest single investment in the Hispanic Lay community. As the first Pope from Latin America is selected, many Hispanic American Catholics look to him as a source of hope and renewal for the Catholic Church.