CHICAGO (October 3, 2013) On Tuesday, October 22, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will welcome Rev. John J. Wall, president, Catholic Extension, to New York to mark Catholic Extension’s ongoing efforts to develop future leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States. Father Wall will concelebrate the 7 a.m. Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with Cardinal Dolan. That evening, both will welcome guests at a Yale Club dinner highlighting the mission of Catholic Extension.

“For 108 years, Catholic Extension has been building faith, inspiring hope and igniting change in the most under-resourced dioceses in the United States,” Cardinal Dolan said. “In recent years, Catholic Extension has focused many of its resources on creating initiatives and partnerships that are making tremendous inroads in developing the next generation of Catholic leaders – ordained, women religious and laity.”

Catholic Extension currently serves 91 under-resourced mission dioceses, which represent nearly half of the country’s dioceses. In response to their long-standing need to build leadership, Catholic Extension has created several new initiatives.

For example, Catholic Extension’s Hispanic Lay Leadership initiative was created to address the critical need for Hispanic lay leaders who can minister to the growing Hispanic Catholic community in the United States. Catholic Extension offers mission dioceses financial support for new, bilingual, full-time Hispanic leaders, many of whom work in pastoral youth ministries. In addition to salary assistance, Hispanic leaders receive annual scholarships for continuing education.

Through its Young Adult Leadership Initiative, Catholic Extension has partnered with several Catholic universities, including Fordham University, Boston College and the University of Notre Dame, to offer a master’s degree to outstanding young adult leaders from mission dioceses. Many of these young leaders would not have access to graduate-level programs in their areas. Through the initiative, costs for the program are shared by the diocese, university and Catholic Extension. In turn, the young adult leaders commit to working for their diocese in a supervised internship while completing their studies.

Moreover, because research shows that young adults who remain engaged in their faith are more likely to practice as adults, Catholic Extension supports more than 100 campus ministries across the mission dioceses. Each year, more dioceses are turning to Catholic Extension for support in creating a vibrant faith environment for young people during their college years.

All are welcome to attend the Mass on October 22 at 7 a.m. at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, 14 East 51st Street, New York. The evening event will be held at the Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York.

Cocktails at 6:00, dinner at 7:00. Cardinal Dolan will introduce Father Jack Wall, who will describe how Catholic Extension is working to transform poor Catholic communities throughout the United States. Tickets are $150. Table $1,500. Call 212-849-6810 for ticket information.

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