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Be inspired by this series of stories that demonstrates the hopeful future of the Catholic Church in the United States. Meet faith-filled people and learn about their unique ministries. See how Catholic Extension builds foundations of faith and hope across America by transforming lives and communities. Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension is your host.

Be inspired by this series of stories that demonstrates the hopeful future of the Catholic Church in the United States. Meet faith-filled people and learn about their unique ministries. See how Catholic Extension builds foundations of faith and hope across America by transforming lives and communities. Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension is your host.
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Be inspired by this series of stories that demonstrates the hopeful future of the Catholic Church in the United States. Meet faith-filled people and learn about their unique ministries. See how Catholic Extension builds foundations of faith and hope across America by transforming lives and communities. Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension is your host.

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A Glimpse of the Future of the Catholic Church in America

6/12/2018
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This coming November, four dioceses in the United States will celebrate 175-year anniversaries: Chicago, Hartford, Milwaukee, and Little Rock. A closer look at the history and present realities of these dioceses offers us a glimpse of the ways that the Catholic Church in the United States is growing and changing--and gives us hope for the future. Read more

Duration:00:10:16

What is the mission of the Catholic Church?

5/18/2018
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Our Vice President of Mission Education, Dr. Tim Mulddoo has spent much of his career exploring the mission of the Church. Hear his thoughts.

Duration:00:15:22

How Catholic Parishes Are Helping Communities in Puerto Rico

5/7/2018
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Our vice president of mission, Joe Boland, recently appeared on Catholic TV to discuss our recent support of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Learn more at catholicextension.org/impact

Duration:00:07:23

The Enduring Mission of Catholic Extension

5/1/2018
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Our president Father Jack Wall recently appeared on Catholic.TV to reflect on Catholic Extension's mission to build up the Church in America's poorest places, especially our recent support of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. If you're unfamiliar with the work of Catholic Extension, this interview provides a perfect primer on our mission. Learn more at our website.

Duration:00:06:56

Want to grow in holiness? Start by serving others

4/10/2018
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The publication of Pope Francis’ most recent apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”) offers us an opportunity to reflect on how the gospel calls us to renew our efforts at growing as a holy people called to serve others. The document is subtitled “the call to holiness in today’s world,” and exhorts us to grow in faith both as individuals and as members of a church in service to the world. Listen to Dr. Tim Muldoon reflect on four lessons from the pope's new...

Duration:00:14:08

Young People and Purple Churches

4/5/2018
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In his address at World Youth Day in 2013, Pope Francis urged young people to go out to the streets and “make some noise.” By that, he called to mind his desire that they be agents of the Church’s mission in the world, and not merely passive recipients. Dr. Tim Muldoon, director of mission education for Catholic Extension, offers some thoughts on how the Church might look if young people emerged as leaders...through the story of a purple church. Read more

Duration:00:07:48

Patrons of Puerto Rico

3/21/2018
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Joe Boland, our vice president of mission, appeared on Relevant Radio to discuss the current situation in Puerto Rico six months after Hurricane Maria as well as the role of Catholic parishes in providing essential physical and spiritual support to communities across the island. We have launched the Patrons of Puerto Rico initiative to raise funds for these parishes so that they can continue their vital ministry to the millions of Puerto Ricans who are still struggling to put their lives...

Duration:00:10:45

Reflection for the Second Week of Lent

2/28/2018
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Rebecca Woods, a young adult pastoral associate at a small parish in the rural Diocese of Lexington, offers a brief reflection on the Gospel reading for the second week of Lent. Afterward, listen to an interview with Rebecca on her experience working for the Catholic Church in Appalachia, where Catholics are a minority but the Church is a respected source of physical and pastoral care for the poor. Subscribe to our Lenten reflection email series.

Duration:00:09:37

Reflection for the First Week of Lent

2/20/2018
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Father Garrett Nelson, a missionary priest in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana, offers a brief reflection on the Gospel reading for the first week of Lent. Afterward, listen to an interview with Father Garrett on his ministry in the wide open spaces--driving almost 1,000 miles every week to deliver the sacraments to Catholics in the vast reaches of his diocese. Subscribe to our Lenten reflection email series. Watch a video featuring Father Garrett Nelson.

Duration:00:07:14

How to Have a Meaningful Lent

2/13/2018
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Instead of chocolate or soda, how about giving up pessimism, anger, or gossiping? This episode offers some quick tips on making this your best Lent yet. If you would like to receive weekly Lenten meditations via email, sign up at www.catholicextension.org/reflect If you would like to make a Lenten offering to Catholic Extension, please visit www.catholicextension.org/give Thanks for listening and subscribing! Please leave us a rating wherever you found our podcast!

Duration:00:04:17

The Hidden Poverty of the U.S. Virgin Islands

2/7/2018
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If you look beyond the island paradise inhabited by tourists, the U.S. Virgin Islands is the poorest area of the United States. Tim Muldoon, our director of mission education, reflects on a recent trip to survey the damage to the islands after Hurricane Maria. Read more and consider making a gift to support the rebuilding effort.

Duration:00:07:58

Learning to Lead

2/1/2018
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At a time when many Catholic schools are struggling with enrollment, fighting to survive, and at times shutting their doors, an innovative program is strengthening Catholic schools and educational outcomes in some of the nation’s most impoverished communities. The Catholic School Leadership Development Initiative, a partnership between Loyola Marymount University and Catholic Extension, seeks to develop a pipeline of educated Catholic school leaders in dioceses with limited resources and...

Duration:00:05:31

Remembering Florence Kaster and Her Fight Against Prejudice

1/18/2018
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As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King this week, we remember Florence Kaster, our first Lumen Christi Award recipient, who supported poor African-American communities in Kingstree, South Carolina and fought against prejudice and injustice for more than 30 years. Learn more about the Lumen Christi Award and read the story of the 2017-2018 recipient.

Duration:00:02:19

"Why Lies He in Such Mean Estate?"

1/8/2018
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In 1865 the English hymn writer William Chatterton Dix published “What Child Is This?" Dix paints for us a picture of the birth of Jesus in a town on the margins of ancient Rome, wondering at the mystery of why God would enter into human history in such an obscure place--"Why lies he in such mean estate?" Dix’s question gets right at the heart of Christian meditation on the nativity of Christ: the mystery of why the Incarnation happened not in a center of power or wealth, but rather...

Duration:00:05:27

After the Storm

12/15/2017
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Pope Francis recently sent Cardinal Blase Cupich to the hurricane-battered island of Puerto Rico to express his deep concern for the people and reach out in solidarity on his behalf to those who are suffering.

Duration:00:10:46

32 Miles to Honor Our Lady

12/14/2017
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Dr. Tim Muldoon, Catholic Extension's director of mission education, recently joined more than 4,000 people on a 32-mile procession to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Coachella Valley of California. Hear his reflections on the history, meaning and devotion to this Marian apparition. Click here to see photos and videos from the procession.

Duration:00:11:21

Bridges Over Troubled Borders

12/1/2017
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In this episode, Dr. Tim Muldoon shares reflections from a recent trip to the Diocese of El Paso, including stories of immigrants fleeing violence in their home countries and finding refuge and peace in the Catholic Church. He also talks about a moving border Mass held on the Rio Grande canal on the U.S.-Mexico border. Learn more

Duration:00:07:47

Update from Bishops in Hurricane-Ravaged Dioceses

11/17/2017
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For many areas ravaged by the recent hurricanes, daily life is still far from being back to normal. Listen to this update from Bishop Curtis J. Guillory, Bishop Herbert A Bevard and Archbishop Roberto González Nieves from the dioceses of Beaumont, St. Thomas and San Juan to hear about the efforts of the Catholic Church to help suffering communities in these areas. There are also some inspiring stories and glimpses of hope rising from the rubble. Click here to make a gift in support of...

Duration:00:43:21

Less Helping, More Serving

11/3/2017
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Dr. Tim Muldoon reflects on the response of the Catholic Church to recent natural disasters across the United States. The Church is the first place many go in the face of emergency, and Catholic Extension’s emergency $350,000 grant has helped dioceses in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Texas to provide necessities to those in need. Learn more here.

Duration:00:05:54

Lending a Hand to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands After Hurricane Maria

10/6/2017
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Joe Boland, Catholic Extension's vice president for mission, recently appeared on Relevant Radio's Morning Air Show to discuss the needs of the Church and its people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Maria. Click here to make a gift and help these communities to begin putting their lives back together. Thank you for your generosity and support!

Duration:00:07:33