Catholic Extension, according to their website, is a “fundraising organization that helps ensure that all American Catholics can practice their faith within vibrant religious communities.” Their stated mission is to “connect poor and remote Catholic communities with essential financial support, educational partnerships and infrastructure.”
Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension, said, “Our goal is that through the spiritual guidance of the nuns, the children and their families in Uvalde, Texas will feel the presence of God and be reminded that they are not forgotten or alone in the coming year and beyond.
Sister Dolores Aviles, the Teresian leader of Camp I-CAN, is from Uvalde. She felt called to help after hearing God speak to her, saying, “Let the children come to me.
“This week we wanted the children and their families to know that we are praying for them, that we love them and that we will act for them too. That’s what community is,” Aviles said.
Catholic Extension has a long history in Uvalde and a powerful connection to the victims and survivors of the shooting.
Catholic Extension’s press release read, “Uvalde was one of the very first communities supported by Catholic Extension, helping to build Sacred Heart Church in 1906.” CNA reported that after the shooting, 11 of the Funerals of the victims were held at Sacred Heart Church.