Building up Catholic faith communities in America's poorest regions

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Easter Greetings

As we journey together through yet another unique Easter, we hope you will keep our Catholic brothers and sisters in the poorest areas of the United States in your prayers.

They need your help—now more than ever.

Your gift today will make a lifesaving difference to those in great need.
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    Poor communities of faith need your help—now more than ever.
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  • Pray

    Join us for Easter Mass and a message from our president, Father Jack Wall.
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  • Inspire

    Create a personal fundraising campaign for our Lenten Almsgiving initiative
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What We Do

Catholic Extension works in solidarity with people in America’s poorest regions to build up vibrant and transformative Catholic faith communities.

We organize our work around these areas.

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  • Developing Leaders

    Catholic Extension offers financial assistance to lay leaders and religious sisters attending Catholic universities across the country.
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  • Building Churches

    Catholic Extension funds the construction and renovation of churches and other critical church facilities.
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  • Strengthening Ministries

    Catholic Extension funds the operation of ministries that extend a basic church presence to the most under-resourced communities.
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  • Reaching Out to the Poor & Vulnerable

    Catholic Extension funds a variety of pastoral and social outreach efforts of the Church.
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  • Educating Seminarians

    Catholic Extension supports hundreds of future priests from around the country.
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  • Engaging Youth

    Catholic Extension supports ministries that provide faith formation for children, teens, and young adults and families.
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How You Can Help

Our Impact

We believe that faith communities are transformative — that it changes who we are, how we live and how we see the possibilities in our own lives and in the lives of those around us.

  • 770+

    scholarships
    to Catholic universities given to lay leaders and religious sisters

  • 1/5

    US Catholics
    live in areas supported by Catholic Extension

  • 12,500

    grants
    provided for church buildings since 1905

  • 550+

    seminarians
    in poor dioceses receiving annual assistance.

  • 2,000+

    grants
    awarded annually to dioceses

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Where We Work

Catholic Extension’s mission areas are identified as isolated and/or financially under-resourced dioceses in the United States.

  • 86

    Catholic dioceses distributed throughout United States

  • 34

    States and 5 territories receive help and sponsorship for their communities.

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    Mission: to work in solidarity with people in America’s poorest regions to build up vibrant and transformative Catholic faith communities.