Catholic Extension builds churches and the Church in America’s poorest place. Since its founding in 1905, Catholic Extension has distributed more than $1.2 billion in today’s dollars to dioceses and parishes that cannot support themselves. Catholic Extension is providing funding and resources for church buildings, leaders and ministries in order to build up and strengthen Catholic faith communities and unleash the transformative power of faith.
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and all involved at St. Gabriel Mercy Center, Mound Bayou, MS are one of the organizations recognized by Catholic Extension for bringing the light of Christ to poor communities across the United States. Read more.
The St. Gabriel of Mercy Center (Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi) in Mound Bayou in the Mississippi Delta, the poorest region in the poorest state, is led by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. The sisters partner with local organizations to provide services such as the St. Gabriel Closet, parenting and GED classes, a computer learning lab, senior services and summer youth programs. Said Franciscan Sister Monica Mary DeQuardo, Mound Bayou, there are many who stand on the margins of life, whether by choice or by chance. That is who we help.