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.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans is a 501(c)3 umbrella agency with 39 programs and two affiliated ministries delivering health and human services to the poor and vulnerable. Catholic Charities services are rooted in the eight civil parishes of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, with food and nutrition services benefiting the entire state of Louisiana. Catholic Charities serves the homeless, hungry, the elderly, at-risk youth, pregnant women, individuals with developmental delays, and many more.