• © 2019 Catholic Extension 0

PROGRESS: 0%

2018

Annual Report

Celebrating Women Religious

Stacks Image 2908
Stacks Image 2910
  •  Missionary Carmelites of St. Theresa in Anahuac, Texas

    Missionary Carmelites of St. Theresa in Anahuac, Texas

Dear friends,

We believe that faith is transformative — that it changes who we are, how we live and how we see the possibilities in our own lives and in the lives of those around us.

We are deeply grateful to you, our donors, for your steadfast commitment to our mission. Without you, our vital work in America’s poorest places would not be possible.

Yours in Christ,
Jack_Wall_sig_white_300w
Reverend John J. Wall
President, Catholic Extension

Sisters on the frontlines

Sisters change a community in rural Texas

  •  Sisters Fatima Santiago, Carolyn Kosub and Emily Jocson, ICM (right) with an immigrant family outside of Penitas, Texas

    Sisters Fatima Santiago, Carolyn Kosub and Emily Jocson, ICM (right) with an immigrant family outside of Penitas, Texas

With your generous support of $65,000, an outreach center in Pueblo de Palmas, founded by three missionary sisters, was able to expand its services, allowing the residents to greatly improve their lives. In 2018 the outreach center served more than 6,000 people, extending outside of the small town.

Penitas, TX

Stacks Image 2064
  •  The center started 10 years ago with a Catholic Extension grant and offers English and sewing classes, tutoring, health services and a community garden.

    The center started 10 years ago with a Catholic Extension grant and offers English and sewing classes, tutoring, health services and a community garden.

  •  These activities are transformative, especially for women and children in the community, who are becoming more confident and independent.

    These activities are transformative, especially for women and children in the community, who are becoming more confident and independent.

  •  The health clinic helped more than 1,200 patients and partnered with a local medical  schiool.

    The health clinic helped more than 1,200 patients and partnered with a local medical schiool.

  •  “At the center, I am a volunteer Zumba teacher. I shop at the thrift store, take nutrition classes, come for counseling and my children attend the summer camps. I am so grateful,” said Cristina Arellano.

    “At the center, I am a volunteer Zumba teacher. I shop at the thrift store, take nutrition classes, come for counseling and my children attend the summer camps. I am so grateful,” said Cristina Arellano.

click thumbnail for more

Sister uplifts a Native American community

In 2018, we honored Sister Phyliss Wilhelm, OSF, as a Lumen Christi finalist for tirelessly serving the Ojibwe in northern Wisconsin for more than 40 years.

Superior, WI

Stacks Image 1880
  •  After years as principal of Holy Family Catholic School in Bayfield, serving primarily Ojibwe students, Sister Phyliss is currently pastoral associate of St. Mary Parish in Odanah on the Bad River Indian Reservation. The parish faces poverty, an aging population and a lack of priests.

    After years as principal of Holy Family Catholic School in Bayfield, serving primarily Ojibwe students, Sister Phyliss is currently pastoral associate of St. Mary Parish in Odanah on the Bad River Indian Reservation. The parish faces poverty, an aging population and a lack of priests.

  •  Sister Phyliss is the cantor, teaches religious education and makes house visits. She is also the diocese’s vicar for women religious. Thanks to your generous contributions towards Sister Phyliss’ salary, tribal members who had dropped out of the parish before she took the helm are returning.

    Sister Phyliss is the cantor, teaches religious education and makes house visits. She is also the diocese’s vicar for women religious. Thanks to your generous contributions towards Sister Phyliss’ salary, tribal members who had dropped out of the parish before she took the helm are returning.

  •  Ojibwe perform during an event honoring St. Kateri Tekakwitha in northern Wisconsin.

    Ojibwe perform during an event honoring St. Kateri Tekakwitha in northern Wisconsin.

click thumbnail for more

Sisters support separated families at the border

All of us know at least one migrant family — the Holy Family. They flee their homeland under harrowing circumstances to embark on an arduous journey. They arrive in the U.S., often to be cruelly separated at the border, parents from their children. Strangers in a foreign land, they await their immigration court dates with fear and uncertainty.

San Benito, TX

Stacks Image 2268
  •  In San Benito, these brothers and sisters are greeted by Sister Zita Telkamp, CDP, and her team at La Posada Providencia, an emergency center that provides housing, food, health care and legal assistance for refugees and asylum seekers.

    In San Benito, these brothers and sisters are greeted by Sister Zita Telkamp, CDP, and her team at La Posada Providencia, an emergency center that provides housing, food, health care and legal assistance for refugees and asylum seekers.

  •  With your help in 2018, we created the Family Reunification Fund (FRF) to support ministries like La Posada to provide direct outreach and advocacy to separated families. In its first year, this fund granted $75,000 to vulnerable immigrants.

    With your help in 2018, we created the Family Reunification Fund (FRF) to support ministries like La Posada to provide direct outreach and advocacy to separated families. In its first year, this fund granted $75,000 to vulnerable immigrants.

  •  In the second half of last year, through FRF, La Posada provided 12,799 meals, 85 medical appointments and 4,532 nights of shelter to 373 guests from 23 countries.

    In the second half of last year, through FRF, La Posada provided 12,799 meals, 85 medical appointments and 4,532 nights of shelter to 373 guests from 23 countries.

  •  “Welcoming the stranger is a gospel value that is practiced daily at La Posada,” said Rev. Daniel Flores, Bishop of Brownsville. “It is a haven for those without a home.”

    “Welcoming the stranger is a gospel value that is practiced daily at La Posada,” said Rev. Daniel Flores, Bishop of Brownsville. “It is a haven for those without a home.”

click thumbnail for more

Sisters making a national impact

The 36 sisters of our U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange program are wrapping up their five-year commitment to serve Latino populations in 12 parishes from Maine to California. In partnership with a grant from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, this ambitious impact has had an enormous impact and will continue for another five years with a second cohort of sisters.
  •  Sister Maria Andrea Falconer Alvarez of Puerto Rico helped immigrants in El Paso, Texas.

    Sister Maria Andrea Falconer Alvarez of Puerto Rico helped immigrants in El Paso, Texas.

Parishes across U.S.

Stacks Image 2315
  •  Through 2018, the sisters have created and supported 234 ministries that have reached more than 100,000 people.

    Through 2018, the sisters have created and supported 234 ministries that have reached more than 100,000 people.

  •  The sisters are nurturing vocations; to date, five young people have entered religious life.

    The sisters are nurturing vocations; to date, five young people have entered religious life.

  •  The sisters are training new lay leaders to carry out their work once they return to their home countries in Latin America.

    The sisters are training new lay leaders to carry out their work once they return to their home countries in Latin America.

  •  As part of this initiative, the sisters received training and education from Boston College, Mexican American Catholic College, Loyola University Chicago, Southeast Pastoral Institute and Barry University. Many received bachelor’s degrees and 11 sisters graduated in May from Boston College with master’s degrees.

    As part of this initiative, the sisters received training and education from Boston College, Mexican American Catholic College, Loyola University Chicago, Southeast Pastoral Institute and Barry University. Many received bachelor’s degrees and 11 sisters graduated in May from Boston College with master’s degrees.

click thumbnail for more

By-the-numbers in 2018

47 churches built or repaired

1,750 grant payments awared to mission dioceses

$6.1 M extended for Hispanic ministries

500+ seminarians received education assistance

150+ lay leaders and religious sisters sponsored at Catholic universities

125K students supported in campus ministry

BEFORE AFTER
BEFORE AFTER

Sacred Heart Church in Hidalgo, Texas

Rebuilding communities
of faith

Last year was a time of intense rebuilding for communities still reeling from massive hurricanes. Four hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, Maria and Michael — devastated areas in Texas, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida. The Catholic Church has stepped up to provide relief, recovery and long-term rebuilding, including Our Lady of Rosary Church in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
BEFORE AFTER
BEFORE AFTER

Our Lady of Rosary Church in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

  •   Last year, we created the Patrons of Puerto Rico Program which dispersed more than $110,000 to rebuilding projects.

    Last year, we created the Patrons of Puerto Rico Program which dispersed more than $110,000 to rebuilding projects.

  •  In times of crisis, parishes have a central role as a gathering place, a distribution center for basic supplies and a source of inspiration and hope. Together we are helping these parishes stay strong and vital.

    In times of crisis, parishes have a central role as a gathering place, a distribution center for basic supplies and a source of inspiration and hope. Together we are helping these parishes stay strong and vital.

  •  In May 2018, we were recognized in an address by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square while a group from Catholic Extension was in Rome on a pilgrimage. The pope recognized the generous support of you, our donors, in restoring Puerto Rico.

    In May 2018, we were recognized in an address by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square while a group from Catholic Extension was in Rome on a pilgrimage. The pope recognized the generous support of you, our donors, in restoring Puerto Rico.

click thumbnail for more

Financials

Sources of funds %

Donations

Estate Gifts

Parish Calendars

Investment Earnings

Uses of funds %

Support to Mission Dioceses

Administrative Costs

  •  Board of governors

click for larger image

Support by region

Supporting 87 mission dioceses, home to 1 in 4 Catholics

Board of governors

  •  Board of governors

click for larger image

Father Jack Wall celebrates 50 Years

This year, Father Jack Wall celebrated 50 years of being a priest and 10 years of leading Catholic Extension.
"Catholic Extension is one of the greatest gifts of my life…"
  •  Father Jack serves immigrants in El Paso, Texas.

    Father Jack serves immigrants in El Paso, Texas.

  •  Father Jack celebrates with Sister Marie-Paule Willem, this year’s Lumen Christi recipient in the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

    Father Jack celebrates with Sister Marie-Paule Willem, this year’s Lumen Christi recipient in the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

click thumbnail for more
  •  Father Jack serves immigrants in El Paso, Texas.

    Father Jack serves immigrants in El Paso, Texas.

  •  Father Jack celebrates with Sister Marie-Paule Willem, this year’s Lumen Christi recipient in the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

    Father Jack celebrates with Sister Marie-Paule Willem, this year’s Lumen Christi recipient in the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

click thumbnail for more
  •  Father Jack serves immigrants in El Paso, Texas.

    Father Jack serves immigrants in El Paso, Texas.

  •  Father Jack celebrates with Sister Marie-Paule Willem, this year’s Lumen Christi recipient in the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

    Father Jack celebrates with Sister Marie-Paule Willem, this year’s Lumen Christi recipient in the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2018
Annual
Report

Stacks Image 2912
Stacks Image 2914

Catholic Extension
150 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606
800.842.7804

Catholic Extension
150 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606
800.842.7804

Support our work

1-800-842-7804