Alleluia! Christ is risen!
We have completed our 40-day Lenten journey across the United States, meeting inspiring leaders who are building and strengthening Catholic communities in some of the poorest areas of the country. Our final destination is Chicago, where Catholic Extension has been headquartered for more than 100 years. Catholic Extension president Father Jack Wall provides some final thoughts and an Easter blessing.
Watch the video below to learn more about Catholic Extension's mission.
My dear friends,
Christ is risen! Happy Easter!
Our Lenten journey has come to an end, and now we rejoice in the saving mystery of the resurrection of Jesus. In the gospel story of the road to Emmaus, two traveling friends encounter the risen Christ on their way, but fail to recognize Him. As they walk, Jesus explains the purpose of His own death and resurrection, as foretold in the scriptures. When they invite Him to stay with them for the night, He breaks bread with them and their eyes are opened as they realize that they have been in the presence of Jesus.
Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?" (Luke 24:32)
Over the past 40 days, you have journeyed with us on our Lenten Digital Immersion Trip. We hope your eyes have been similarly opened to the presence of Christ in some of America’s poorest areas. From Catholic Native Americans on a reservation in Montana to a booming parish on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas—Jesus Christ is risen for all today—and that promise of redemption offers hope to communities where hope can be hard to find.
You can’t go to the poorest areas of our country without seeing the presence of the Catholic Church. In these troubled communities, the Church remains a refuge for the poor, the vulnerable and the forgotten. By helping people to realize that they are more than their circumstances, the Church is a vital source of physical, mental and spiritual renewal—and a sign of God’s love making all things new.
On Easter Sunday, I am especially reminded of why the work of Catholic Extension is so vital. The Church must continue to thrive in areas where it is most needed to transform lives through the power of faith. As you proclaim the risen Christ today, I ask you to pray for all your fellow Catholics in the 90 mission dioceses we support, especially the inspiring leaders who have shared their stories of faith during our virtual Lenten journey.
Please consider partnering with us so that we can continue building faith, inspiring hope and igniting change across the United States. May the hope of the resurrection bring you peace and joy!
God bless you,
Father Jack Wall
President, Catholic Extension
Thank you so much for joining us on our Lenten Digital Immersion Trip! We appreciate your participation and support of our mission to build churches and the Church in America's poorest places.