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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.




Missionary Priest Receives 2017-2018 Lumen Christi Award

We are proud to announce Father Enrique Herrera of Greenfield, California as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Lumen Christi Award. Now in its 40th year, this prestigious award celebrates Catholic heroes who are shining the light of Christ through their ministry to poor Catholic communities. As pastor of a poor immigrant parish, Father Enrique has a dream that all the children in his community will one day attend college. Through early involvement in Bible studies and other programs, the...

Duration: 00:10:05

Catholic School Leaders Transforming Lives Through Education

Catholic school leaders from the dioceses of Gallup, Juneau and Reno share their experiences participating in the Catholic School Leadership initiative sponsored by Catholic Extension and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The program allows them to further their own education while also forming a community with other teachers, principals and administrators who lead Catholic schools in some of the poorest, most remote areas of the United States. The program builds up these leaders...

Duration: 00:17:44

Respite Center 'Welcomes the Stranger' in South Texas

Catholic Extension traveled to McAllen, Texas in the Diocese of Brownsville this week to present a $100,000 grant to the Humanitarian Respite Center, created to provide a way-station for asylum seekers from Central American countries. For the past three years, the center has been generously housed in the parish hall of Sacred Heart Church in McAllen. With this grant, a new facility will be built to continue the work of the respite center, which has assisted more than 74,000 people since...

Duration: 00:08:04

Military Missionary: Serving Those Who Serve

We are proud to support lay leaders like Casey Bustamante, who works to enrich the faith lives of Catholics served by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Listen to this podcast to learn more about her important ministry and consider making a gift to support the work of missionary disciples across the country:

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Choosing Unity in a Time of Divisiveness

Today our country is deeply fractured along political lines. In this episode, Father Jack Wall discusses how the Catholic Church has successfully brought together people of differing cultures and viewpoints to create a culture of encounter. Hear about a diverse Catholic community in Georgia that recently came together to form a united parish and raised funds to build a new church with Catholic Extension support. Read more here. You can join our mission to build churches and the Church in...

Duration: 00:05:51

From Cowboy to Seminarian: Missionary Disciples in Rural Dioceses

Meet some of the seminarians studying to be priests at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. These missionary disciples are answering God's call to serve as priests in some of the poorest dioceses in the United States. Learn more about our support of seminarian education. Each year, Catholic Extension supports more than 550 seminarians from an average of 47 mission dioceses around the country. Click here to help us support the next generation of Catholic priests.

Duration: 00:11:19

The Church Bears Fruit in the Fruit Fields of Washington

Have you ever thought about the labor behind the fresh fruit you buy all summer long at your local grocery store? If the fruit came from Washington, chances are that the person doing the picking was a fellow Catholic. Joe Boland, Catholic Extension's vice president of mission, recently visited the Diocese of Yakima, Washington, where Catholic Extension has long supported the faith of migrant farm workers who provide seasonal labor picking cherries, pears and apples in this beautiful area...

Duration: 00:15:53

Standing Firm in Faith at Standing Rock

In this monthly series, Father Jack Wall offers a unique perspective on Catholicism in America. Recently a group of young Native Americans on Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota did the improbable: They made the world stop and listen. Hear more about what the young Lakota can teach us about the power of faith in seemingly hopeless circumstances.

Duration: 00:06:00

Reaching Out to Catholics in Puerto Rico

The population of Puerto Rico is predominantly Catholic, and now that the island is facing a financial crisis, the presence of the Catholic Church is more important than ever. Joe Boland, Catholic Extension's vice president of mission, appeared on Relevant Radio to discuss Catholic Extension's involvement in Puerto Rico and its efforts to move the Church forward as several Protestant denominations are on the rise. Catholic Extension currently supports seminarian education, the deaconate...

Duration: 00:10:18

50 Sisters Walk into a Restaurant...

50 Catholic sisters from Latin America came to Chicago last week to participate in various activities sponsored by Catholic Extension, including a vocations retreat for 20 young women interested in religious life. The sisters are part of Catholic Extension's U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange program, which allows them to serve Latino communities in poor parishes in 12 dioceses across the country. In this episode, hear more about their ministry and their adventures in the Windy City....

Duration: 00:05:54

Keeping the Faith in College

As the school year comes to a close at New Mexico State University, we caught up with Associate Campus Minister Mona Alvarez Chip and Director of Campus Ministry Sal Melendrez at St. Albert the Great Newman Center. Watch to hear about all of the great campus ministry activities happening in the Diocese of Las Cruces thanks to the support of our generous donors. Read more about our funding of campus ministry across the country:

Duration: 00:22:55

The Spirit of Francis - Catholic Extension (Episode 9)

This episode shows how three great faith leaders named Francis — St. Francis, Pope Francis, and Father Francis Clement Kelley —are inviting us to “recognize the face of Christ in the poor.” Stories highlight a Catholic community in rural Arkansas and Pope Francis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Learn more:

Duration: 00:27:20

A Journey to America's Peripheries: Introduction

In this monthly podcast series, join host Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension, in a journey across the country to discover all the good that is happening in our country’s poorest regions because of the presence of the Catholic Church. Learn more at

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A Valley of Tears: Immigration Uncertainty Rattles American Catholic Church This Holy Week

Sharing thoughts from parish priests and Bishop Gerald Barnes, Catholic Extension's vice president of mission Joe Boland offers a reflection on the harsh reality facing immigrant Catholics in the Diocese of San Bernardino, California and the Catholic leaders seeking to minister to them.

Duration: 00:11:51

170 Miles to Starbucks: A Couple's Ministry in Rural Montana

Laura and Kenn Cramer, a young adult couple from Denver, left their comfortable lives to follow God's call and become missionaries to Catholic Native Americans in rural Montana. Listen to this interview with Laura to hear about the challenges and spiritual fruits of their ministry on the reservation.

Duration: 00:13:24

The Growing Church in the Diocese of Salt Lake City

Joe Boland, vice president of mission for Catholic Extension, recently appeared on Relevant Radio to discuss our work in the growing Diocese of Salt Lake City, which covers the entire state of Utah. Even in the heart of Mormon country, the Catholic population is exploding, especially among young people. Bishop Oscar Solis was recently instated as the diocese's new shepherd. Listen to a discussion on Relevant Radio about Utah's new bishop and life in a rural mission diocese.

Duration: 00:07:28

Sister Monica's Ministry to the Wide Open Spaces

Sister Monica Dubois has been serving at Saint Anne Mission Church on a Navajo reservation in Klagetoh, New Mexico for more than 18 years. Her work is helping Native Americans to satisfy both their physical and spiritual needs in a challenging area of the United States. READ MORE

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Works of Mercy - Catholic Extension (Episode 8)

This program highlights the Church’s corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Featured ministries include visiting the imprisoned in Louisiana and feeding and clothing the poor in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, and bishops from mission dioceses reflect on the topic of mercy.

Duration: 00:27:34

Celebrating Women Leaders in the Church - Catholic Extension (Episode 7)

This episode features lay women and women religious in many different Catholic ministries- ranging from outreach to the poor to sheltering neglected children, teaching, youth ministry and Native American ministry.

Duration: 00:26:27

Good Shepherds of the Catholic Church - Catholic Extension (Episode 6)

The Lord hears the cry of the poor — and so do these priests, who go and serve where they are needed the most. Come along with these pastors and see how, by building faith, they are transforming people’s lives and their whole communities.

Duration: 00:27:35

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