I want to say, with regret, that the worst discrimination which the poor suffer is the lack of spiritual care. The great majority of the poor have a special openness to the faith; they need God and we must not fail to offer them his friendship.” 

Pope Francis

That’s why we’re here.

Catholic Extension helps provide the poor with one of the most essential needs—a loving faith community. With our donors’ support, we provide the life-restoring friendship of God and build communities of faith that are so essential to the transformation of lives and society.

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  • Developing leaders

    We help lay leaders and Catholic sisters attend Catholic universities.
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  • Building churches

    We fund the construction and renovation of churches and other critical church facilities.
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  • Strengthening ministries

    We fund ministries that extend a basic church presence to the most under-resourced communities.
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  • Reaching out to the poor & vulnerable

    Catholic Extension funds a variety of pastoral and social outreach efforts of the church.
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  • Educating seminarians

    Catholic Extension supports more than 400 future priests from around the country.
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  • Engaging youth

    We support faith formation for children, teens, and young adults and families.
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