2014 was another momentous year for Catholics everywhere. We were inspired and energized into action by Pope Francis, who called each of us “to go to the margins” and to embrace our brothers and sisters in their hopes and in their needs. For donors like you, this message resonated.
Because of your compassion and generosity, Catholic Extension had a phenomenal year. We were able to make a profound impact on the mission dioceses we serve. In total, we made 1,221 grant payments and provided funding of $32 million to 94 under-resourced mission dioceses across the country. Each of these grants supported a priest, seminarian, woman religious, lay minister or vital renovation.
In 2014, we also launched the U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange. This groundbreaking initiative gives women religious from Latin America the opportunity to learn and grow here in the United States; in turn, they provide a critical link to vast numbers of Hispanic Catholics. This is just one of our 18 far-reaching strategic partnerships that are bearing fruit. We believe they are the best way to extend the impact of your gifts.
This also was the year in which Pope Francis sent us a new leader, naming Bishop Blase J. Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago and, therefore, the new chancellor of Catholic Extension. Having served on our Board of Governors and as a mission bishop, Archbishop Cupich knows Catholic Extension, and he has offered his firsthand experience and vision to help us fulfill our commitment to the 13 million Catholics we serve.
This is truly a remarkable and exciting time for Catholic Extension, and it’s all because of you, our donors. Thank you for your steadfast support. We are truly privileged to have you by our side as we do this holy work.
Yours in Christ,
Reverend John J. Wall
President, Catholic Extension
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