The purpose of this initiative is to grow the Church by establishing new leaders who will increase your pastoral activity among Latinos in strategic locations and in select ministries of your diocese.

The growing Hispanic Catholic community in the U.S. is in needs of Hispanic leaders
The growing Hispanic Catholic community in the U.S. is in need of Hispanic leaders who can address their spiritual needs.

Catholic Extension will provide “seed money” to fund new, bilingual, full-time Hispanic leaders who work in pastoral ministries. Through this partnership, Catholic Extension provides 62.5 percent of the salary and benefits of each position for three years, while the diocese contributes the remaining 37.5 percent of the salary and benefits, as well as any overhead expenses related to the position. 

Dioceses are responsible for determining the nature of the pastoral ministry position that is needed and making their own hiring decisions. They may request funding for more than one position.  

After the three-year grant period concludes, the dioceses and/or parishes will be asked to sustain the positions entirely with local funding.

In addition to salary assistance, Hispanic leaders will receive annual scholarships for continuing education. These short-term educational opportunities aim to further develop their leadership skills and knowledge and increase the efficacy of their ministry.  Continuing education is offered through Catholic Extension’s partnerships with various schools, including Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, and the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC). Courses are designed to be completed within a one-to-two week period and are offered at various times of the year.  

Duration: 3 years

Value to Participating Diocese: $100,000 (per leader)


  Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative Guidelines
  Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative Frequently Asked Questions
  Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative Brochure


Make a Funding Request

This initiative is not currently open for new applications

Funding Documents

  Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative Attestation Form
      Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative Expenses Worksheet
      Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative Salary Worksheet


3rd Year Funding Form
Funding Strategy Report
Internal Communication Form

For More Information

Contact Veronica Avila, Manager of Mission Programs, at (312) 795-5128