Extension Dioceses

Catholic Extension’s funding supports isolated and/or financially under-resourced Catholic dioceses in the United States. These areas are called “Extension dioceses,” and are reviewed and approved by Catholic Extension’s Board of Governors.

In a Catholic Extension-supported diocese, often one or more of the following conditions exist:

  • There are many Catholics, but little institutional Catholic presence (i.e. ordained leaders, Catholic schools and church buildings).
  • There is a rapidly growing Catholic population, but limited financial means to support this growth.
  • Catholics are spread throughout great geographic distances, making pastoral outreach difficult.
  • Catholics are located in areas facing economic hardships.
  • Catholics represent the religious minority in their communities.

Dioceses supported by Catholic Extension

Agana (Guam)
Alexandria
Amarillo
Anchorage-Juneau
Arecibo (Puerto Rico)
Armenian Eparchy
Baker
Beaumont
Belleville
Biloxi
Birmingham
Bismarck
Boise
Brownsville
Caguas (Puerto Rico)
Caroline Islands (Micronesia)
Chalan Kanoa (CNMI)
Charleston
Cheyenne
Colorado Springs
Crookston
Dodge City
Duluth
El Paso
Eparchy of St. George (Romanian) – Canton, Ohio
Eparchy of St. Josaphat (Ukranian) – Parma, Ohio
Eparchy of St. Maron (Maronite) – Brooklyn, New York

Fairbanks
Fajardo-Humacao (Puerto Rico)
Fargo
Fresno *
Gallup
Gaylord
Grand Island
Great Falls-Billings
Helena
Houma-Thibodaux
Jackson
Jefferson City
Knoxville
Kalamazoo
Lafayette
Lake Charles
Laredo
Las Cruces
Lexington
Little Rock
Lubbock
Marquette
Marshall Islands (Micronesia)
Mayaguez (Puerto Rico)
Memphis
Mobile
Monterey
Nashville
New Ulm
Our Lady of Lebanon (Maronite) – St. Louis, Missouri

 

Owensboro
Pensacola-Tallahassee
Ponce (Puerto Rico)
Portland, ME *
Pueblo
Rapid City
Reno
St. Thomas Virgin Islands
St. Thomas Diocese (Syro-Malabar) – Chicago, Illinois
Sacramento *
Salina
Salt Lake City
Samoa Pago Pago
San Angelo
San Bernardino
San Juan (Puerto Rico)
Santa Fe
Santa Rosa
Savannah
Shreveport
Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Steubenville *
Stockton
Superior
Tucson
Tulsa
Tyler
Youngstown
Yakima

 

Total: 86
* Targeted engagement only