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URGENT: COVID-19 Emergency Response

Catholic Extension supports Catholic communities in poor and isolated areas across the country. The COVID-19 crisis has ravaged these already struggling faith communities.

They need your help—now more than ever.

If you can, please consider a gift to help those in need.
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    Poor faith communities need your help—now more than ever.
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  • Inspire

    Inspire your faith with stories of Catholic solidarity during COVID-19.
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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 asistant to 150 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 more than 550 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.