In 1960, Catholic Extension established the Extension Lay Volunteer program. For the next 11 years, more than 2,000 young adults dedicated at least one year to serving in mission dioceses. 

Here are some of their stories.


Catholic Extension welcomes you to share your stories of your time as an ELV!  You can submit anything - from the impressions of the locations where you were sent to how the experience shaped your life, personally or professionally.  Feel free to also share any photos, letters, or journal entries you have from that time.

Here are some other ideas to get you started:

  • What you did during your volunteer days as an ELV
  • Friends you still have from that time in your life
  • Unexpected experiences and/or memorable moments
  • How this impacted the rest of your life


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