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 providing hope, help and loving care for the most vulnerable and needy. We work to be the hands and heart of Jesus Christ for our brothers and sisters in need. Through our ministries, programs and community partnerships, we provide a comprehensive network of social services that connects clients to resources and acts as a springboard to self-sufficiency for those struggling. We offer support that empowers individuals, families and communities to grow and thrive.
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.