Catholic Extension is a national fundraising organization committed to supporting and strengthening poor Catholic mission dioceses across the U.S. We provide funding and resources to dioceses and parishes through programs and services investing in people, infrastructure and ministries. This support is given based on need, passion and commitment to the growth of the Catholic faith.
110................ Number of years that Catholic Extension has been building faith, inspiring hope and igniting change
since its founding by Father Francis Clement Kelley in 1905.
94.................. Number of Catholic dioceses in the U.S. served by Catholic Extension in 37 states.
13 million..... Catholics who live in a diocese supported by Catholic Extension (one in five Catholics in the country).
$1.2 billion... Dollar amount (adjusted to today’s dollars) of grants awarded since 1905 to dioceses that cannot
1,600............. Number of grant payments awarded in 2014 by Catholic Extension to help strengthen faith-filled
communities (based on approximately 1,100 grants).
$15 million... Total amount of funding pledged from Catholic Extension toward the Hispanic Lay Leadership
Initiative – one of the single largest investments in the Hispanic Catholic community to date.
Through this program, Catholic Extension has provided salary assistance for 50 Hispanic lay
leaders to date.
$3.8 million.. Amount funded by Catholic Extension toward women religious in the last four years.
$3 million..... Amount of the initial grant made possible through the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for
the U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange program, a five-year undertaking involving 10 U.S.
dioceses, 10 Latin American communities and 30 women religious.
4.3 million.... Catholics living along or near the U.S.-Mexico border and served by Catholic Extension, which
serves eight Catholic dioceses located on the U.S. border.
3 million....... Number of migrant workers in the U.S., the vast majority of whom are Catholics working in dioceses
served by Catholic Extension.
$2 million..... Amount provided by Catholic Extension in 2014 for the border dioceses it supports, including
emergency funding to assist with the immigration crisis.
$1 million..... Annual amount provided by Catholic Extension to support Native Americans in 20 Catholic dioceses.
200,000 Number of children and adults that will benefit from Catholic Extension funding for religious
education classes in 2015.
100,000......... Catholic students benefitting from Catholic Extension’s support of campus ministries each year.
12,000........... U.S. churches and church facilities built or renovated by Catholic Extension during its history.
600................ Number of seminarians in 50 different dioceses receiving educational assistance from
Catholic Extension. Some dioceses have booming numbers of seminarians. Little Rock, Ark.,
for example, has 46 seminarians in a diocese with 125,000 Catholics. That ratio is the equivalent
of a large urban diocese (such as Chicago’s with 2.3M Catholics) having nearly 900 seminarians.
Catholic Extension assists dioceses like Little Rock with these costs.
400................ Number of deacons who are receiving annual assistance to guide their diaconate preparation.
40,000........... Number of supporters who receive Extension, our quarterly magazine, published since 1906.
37.................. Number of years Catholic Extension has bestowed the Lumen Christi Award, its highest national
honor awarded to a priest, lay leader or woman religious recognizing their work extending the
"Light of Christ" to those they serve.
100%............ Amount of the proceeds from sales of Catholic Extension calendars – “The Official U.S. Catholic Wall
Calendar” for nearly 100 years – that goes to support under-resourced Catholic communities in the
1.................... Catholic Extension has a singular mission to strengthen Catholic communities and build up the
Catholic faith throughout the country.