In 1727, Ursuline nuns stepped onto Louisiana soil in the area now known as the Ninth Ward of New Orleans to care for the citizens of Louisiana. In September 2005, some areas of the Ninth Ward resembled its earlier incarnation – devoid of housing, vegetation and population – thanks to Hurricane Katrina.
Although nearly three centuries have passed, the legacy of the Ursuline nuns continues through Catholic Charities and its mission to care for those in need. Incorporated in 1938, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans offers life-giving programs, advocates for the voiceless and empowers the most vulnerable to foster a more just society.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Catholic Charities operated more than 30 programs addressing such issues as hunger, poverty, unemployment, domestic violence, education and the needs of the mentally ill, low-income seniors and at-risk children. Today, Catholic Charities serves those whose lives have been changed forever by Hurricane Katrina, in addition to many of those we served before.
We are currently operating 45 programs, several of which are geared directly toward hurricane recovery. Our 700 staff members have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents in Southeast Louisiana. As we rebuild our region, we are committed to bring a vision and a hope to those who need our aid.