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Cathy McCarthy of the Diocese of Gallup, a “mission diocese” in New Mexico, recently appeared on Catholic Current to talk about the reality of life in mission dioceses and how the Catholic Home Mission Appeal strengthens the Church “at home.” 


The bishops' Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions is a grant-making agency. It offers financial support to missionary activities that strengthen the Catholic Church in the United States, and in its territories and former territories. Through its annual fundraising campaign, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal, Catholic Home Missions educates American Catholics about mission needs and invites them to assist fellow Catholics in the practice of the faith.  

Interview with the Director

In a time of public liturgies being suspended due to efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Catholics across the country miss receiving the Sacraments and participating in Mass in their local parishes. In this interview with Catholic News Agency, Catholic Home Missions director Kevin Day, invites Catholics to learn more about mission dioceses.

Download the most recent Annual Report and see how your gift makes a difference in mission dioceses in the United States.

See the latest map of dioceses supported by Catholic Home Missions




Every year, parishes across the U.S. take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Because of those generous donations, this year the Appeal will fund over $7 million in grants to more than 70 dioceses.

Funded Groups/Programs  

The Appeal primarily supports home mission dioceses, that is, those dioceses in the United States that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. It may also give grants to other dioceses in the U.S. for particular projects, and to organizations and religious communities engaged in missionary work. 

The Subcommittee funds a range of pastoral services. However, it principally focuses on (1) evangelization activities, (2) religious education, (3) ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, and laypeople; (4) support of poor parishes across the country. See a map of Catholic Home Mission-funded dioceses.

Did you know that over $1.8 million from the 2023 Catholic Home Missions Appeal went to help priests and religious? Learn more about the 2024 Grants .

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