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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Extension Society gives seminarians a boost

More than 500 seminarians from underfunded U.S. dioceses will get a helping hand, thanks to the Catholic Church Extension Society.

The society has announced that, during this Year for Priests, it will award more than $3 million in education grants to an estimated 15 percent of the country's seminarians from Juneau, Alaska, to Amarillo, Texas, to Fargo, North Dakota.

“Educating the next generation of Catholic leadership is critical, especially for those areas of the country where the Catholic population is growing yet parishes and residential pastoral ministers are few,” said Extension grants director Joseph Boland said in a statement. “Catholic Extension’s contributions will enable our young people to most effectively answer God’s call to service in these poor and isolated areas where the future of the Church is unfolding.”

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