Under the care of devoted Catholic leaders, faith communities can flourish under even the most challenging of circumstances. Catholic Extension is committed to supporting the development of seminarians, deacons and lay leaders. 


Catholic Extension offers financial assistance to 550 seminarians studying to enter the priesthood in 46 dioceses across the country. Bishop Robert Barron, former rector of Mundelein Seminary, sat down with Fr. Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension, to explain why a key to Church survival is funding future priests’ training. You will also meet Lalo Barragan, a seminarian whose education we have supported at Mundelein Seminary. 


Catholic Extension provides funding for deacons serving the church in a variety of roles in 22 different mission dioceses across the United States. This includes support for the formation and training of 375 new deacons, ongoing education and workshops for current deacons, and salary subsidies for deacons. These individuals serve in valuable roles in the church such as Hispanic ministry, prison ministry, and as administrators of small mission parishes that don’t have the regular presence of a priest.

Read how Deacon Wayne Norrell is making a difference in the Diocese of Amarillo with support from Catholic Extension. 

Lay Leaders

Catholic Extension provides more than $1.6 million in funding for the development and support of lay leaders in mission dioceses. In 50 dioceses across the United States and Puerto Rico, we currently help lay leaders in roles in Hispanic ministry, Catholic schools, religious education, faith formation, youth ministry and much more. 

Over the last five years Catholic Extension has helped to develop 38 new members of our Young Adult Leadership Initiative and 51 members in our Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative. 

Learn more about the Young Adult Leadership Iniatitive

Learn more about the Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative

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