In addition to our six types of funding opportunities, Catholic Extension works with partner organizations to proactively support Catholic communities in mission dioceses. These Catholic organizations and Catholic universities offer mission dioceses programs and resources that would otherwise be unattainable due to cost and/or geographic location.

Catholic Extension's Strategic Initiatives allow us to multiply the impact of our donors' gifts while providing the opportunity for dioceses to access top-level programs that would otherwise be outside of their financial capacity.

Strategic Initiatives

Click on the links below for individual program and contact information.

Advancing Church Leaders

Providing resources to increase the skills and impact of church leadership in the United States.

  1. Graduate Ministry Scholarships

    Partnering with:
    - Catholic Theological Union
    - Loyola Institute for Ministry

  2. Biblical Studies Certification Scholarships

    Partnering with:
    - University of Dallas School of Ministry

  3. Parish Faith Renewal

    Partnering with:
    - RENEW International

  4. Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative

    Partnering with:
    - Boston College
    - Jesuit School of Theology
    - Mexican American Catholic College

  5. Hispanic Lay Formation Program

Developing Young Leaders

Providing resources to increase the skills and impact of Catholic young adult leaders in the United States.

  1. Young Adult Leadership Initiative

    Partnering with:
    - University of Notre Dame
    - Boston College
    - Fordham University

  2. Campus Ministry Leadership

    Partnering with:
    - Campus Ministry Leadership Institute

  3. Volunteer Service Initiative

    Partnering with:
    - Catholic Volunteer Network

Educating Clergy

Providing resources to increase the skills and impact of clergy in the United States.

  1. Advanced Degree Scholarships

    Partnering with:
    - Mundelein Seminary

  2. Professional Development for Pastors

    Partnering with:
    - Catholic Leadership Institute

  3. International Priests Workshop

    Partnering with:
    - St. Meinrad Seminary

  4. Financial Management Training

    Partnering with:
    - Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference

Fostering Long-Term Growth

Fostering sustainability for Catholic institutions in the United States.

  1. Mission Diocese Fund, LLC

  2. Catholic Gift Annuity

  3. Seminarian Endowment Challenge

  4. Diocesan Appeals Enhancement

    Partnering with:
    - International Catholic Stewardship Council

  5. Facilities Management Training Initiative

    Partnering with:
    - Conference for Catholic Facility Management

  6. Cemetery Management Initiative

    Partnering with:
    - Cemetery Management Services




Providing resources to promote excellence and sustainability in Catholic Schools.

  1. Catholic Schools Sustainability Initiative

    Partnering with:
    - Catholic School Management, Inc.

  2. Latino Enrollment Initiative

    Partnering with:
    - Univeristy of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education

  3. Catholic School Leadership Development

    Partnering with:
    - Loyola Marymount University

  4. Science and Religion Initiative

    Partnering with:
    - University of Notre Dame's Institute for Church Life