How we build the Church

Fostering and strengthening ministries
Through outreach programs funded by Catholic Extension, the Catholic Church can better serve marginalized communities in need.
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Creating the next generation of Catholic leaders
Catholic Extension offers annual financial assistance to 550 seminarians studying to enter the priesthood in poor dioceses across the country.
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Church construction and renovation
Throughout its 110-year history, Catholic Extension has built or renovated 12,000 U.S. churches and facilities.
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Our impact


years that Catholic Extension has been building faith, inspiring hope and igniting change since its founding in 1905.

90 dioceses served by Catholic Extension in 36 states.


dollar amount (adjusted to today's dollars) of grants awarded since 1905 to dioceses that cannot support themselves.


Grants provided for church construction or renovation in the U.S. by Catholic Extension during our history.


seminarians in poor dioceses receiving annual educational assistance from Catholic Extension.


amount of funding provided by Catholic Extension toward religious sisters in the last five years.

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