Please accept my heartfelt thanks for joining us in 2016 in our mission to build churches and the Church in America’s poorest places. Together we answered Jesus’ missionary call. We have gone out to the “peripheries” of our country and, together with you, we have helped Catholics there proclaim the joy of the Gospel.
In planning for 2016, we did not know about some of the wonderful new opportunities that would come our way.
In February we partnered with the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, in organizing events called “Two Nations, One Faith” that welcomed Pope Francis to the U.S.-Mexico border. In October we presented our Lumen Christi Award to Melva Arbelo, an inspiring lay leader in Puerto Rico who provides a safe haven for abused children. And in November we organized a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi to witness the elevation of our chancellor to cardinal and the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
I am so thankful for your generosity in 2016, which allowed us to provide $23.3 million to build faith, inspire hope and ignite change throughout the 90 mission dioceses we serve. With your support, we helped build and repair churches and church buildings, educate America’s priests, sisters, deacons and lay leaders and bring about and sustain ministries and communities that would otherwise not exist.
During our November pilgrimage, in St. Peter’s Basilica, we heard Pope Francis beautifully capture Catholic Extension’s urgent missionary task. “If something should rightly disturb us,” he said, “it is that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them.” Indeed, isn’t this the very reason that Catholic Extension exists?
With gratitude for your continuing generosity,
Yours in Christ,
Reverend John J. Wall
President, Catholic Extension
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