Vision and Mission

Mission Statement

The mission of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana is to be Christ’s merciful love to those who suffer.

Our mission is to be carried out by Catholic people and others in fraternal goodwill pooling their resources to reach out and assist those in need. In so doing, Catholic Charities is the primary instrument of the Diocese of Lake Charles in carrying out the works of mercy.

As a conduit of Christ’s love in providing works of charity for all people – those who receive and those who need to give – we continually assess the needs of the whole person (material as well as spiritual), further the necessary resources, and assure the provision of programs accessible to those served.


Faith - Trusting in God to order our path daily and through His grace to lead us to eternal life in His loving presence

Hope - We now see glimpses of our Creator in the Church, Her Sacraments and the love of His people; our ultimate Hope is in His promise that we will dwell with Him for eternity and see Him Face to face.

Charity - A love that comes directly from God by Faith and in fulfillment of the Command of the Lord, and is shared with the world by His people; this love is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional

Dignity - Endowed with a spiritual soul, intellect, and free will, the human person is from conception, offered to God and destined for eternal beatitude

Solidarity - Equal in God’s creation and united in the love of Christ, every person is our brother or sister – this solidarity must be lived through us daily as we “bear one another’s burdens”