My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
‘Lord, make us instruments of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.’
“One of the largest areas of impact COVID-19 has had in our community has been in our schools. Despite being forced to close our doors for in-person classes, Vandebilt and the Catholic schools in our diocese quickly transitioned overnight to a virtual environment to ensure our students continued their education. While it was not easy, we knew that being virtual in the spring of 2020 was best for our students. As we approached the fall of 2020, Vandebilt had an increase in requests for tuition assistance due to families falling on hard times in the current economic state locally. However, having the support of our endowments with the Catholic Foundation, we knew our school had a consistent source of funds available for tuition assistance and other needs. These funds were created by our families at our school to ensure our long term viability and we are thankful to have had them this past year and knowing they will continue to provide funding assistance into the future with the Catholic Foundation.”
— Jeremy Gueldner,
Vandebilt Catholic High School President
Gift of $20,500 to Individual and Family Assistance Catholic Charities
Gift of $20,000 to The Haven
Gift of $12,500 to CASA of Lafourche
Gift of $12,500 to CASA of Terrebonne
Gift of $12,500 to Children’s Advocacy Center
Gift of $5,000 to Catholic Community Center – Catholic Charities
In 2020, the Catholic Foundation made over $1,047,324 in grant distributions from Donor Advised Funds and gifts through our Catholic Foundation for our Catholic churches, schools, and local charitable nonprofits. Donors have generously given through our Foundation to support our diocese and local nonprofits through this very difficult year, when the need has been so great. We are deeply grateful for their prayers and generosity.
“Despite the pandemic’s stay at home order, our family was still able to give to our parish and nonprofits we love through our Donor Advised Fund with the Catholic Foundation of South Louisiana. The Catholic Foundation made it easy to ensure our funds were available for our parish and nonprofits. The fund also allows us to plan our future contributions as well as respond to urgent unplanned non-profits’ needs. We felt comfort in knowing that we had resources available with the Catholic Foundation to support our community as it was more important now than ever to give of our blessings the Lord has given to us.”
– Karen David, Parishioner of Sacred Heart, Cut Off
Catholic Extension has supported parishes such as St. Mary’s Nativity Church and Sacred Heart in Montegut for Youth Religious Education. Catholic Home Mission supports our Ethnic Ministries programs and their evangelization efforts through Hispanic Ministry, Native American Ministry and our African American Ministry Offices. Many of these parishes and ministries rely on the support of these grantors and the Catholic Foundation is proud to assist each ministry in their grant writing annually.
“St. Bridget Catholic Church has been in need of new pews and new flooring for the great improvement of our parish facilities. While our community has been faced with great challenges this past year, our parish community has been incredibly supportive. As pastor of St. Bridget, I worked closely with the team at the Catholic Foundation to plan and launch our ‘Celebrating our Past, Building our Future’ capital improvement campaign. Having the team with the Catholic Foundation in our corner helping us along the way allowed our parish to focus on our faith, fostering the generosity of our parishioners, and planning for the improvements in our church. Our parish community was able to commit to over $267,000 in pledges towards our project, exceeding our expectations and allowing us to set forth a plan for new pews, new flooring and updating necessary electrical work in the church.”
– Very Rev. Simon Peter Engurait, V.G., pastor of St. Bridget
The Catholic Foundation of South Louisiana quickly took to action in partnership with Catholic Charities in the wake of the pandemic and the multiple hurricanes. Parishioners from across the diocese stepped in to support through prayers, volunteer time and financial gifts. More than $58,900 was collected for pandemic and disaster relief, and many parishioners donated supplies for disaster clean-up. In addition, the team along with more than 250 volunteers from church parishes and community groups volunteer at multiple mass food distributions serving more than 7,000 families with over 200,000 pounds of food at seven distributions. Thank you for your prayers, time and gifts ensuring our communities had the support they needed in this great time of need.
The Catholic Foundation of South Louisiana partnered this past fall with the Office of Vocations and Seminarians to plan for, and effectively engage our community in the purchase of a House of Formation for our diocese. The House of Formation will provide a place where men who desire to study for the priesthood will begin their journey before going to the seminary for academic and priestly formation.