Our History

The Catholic Foundation of South Louisiana

In the fall of 2010, Bishop Sam Jacobs wanted to create an avenue that would allow donors of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux to give to the many different Catholic entities of the diocese in the best manner possible.  Furthermore, this avenue needed to be an organization that is separate of that diocese. After over a year in planning and meeting with a group of lay leaders from across the diocese, the decision to form the Catholic Foundation of South Louisiana (CFSL) was agreed upon. The CFSL was officially recognized as an independent 501 (c) 3 organization with the IRS in March 2012 and in September of the same year the CFSL staff and board began to communicate to parishioners the importance of planned gifts and establishing endowments for their parishes, schools and diocesan entities.


By working closely with parishes, schools, and individual donors, the CFSL makes giving simple and meaningful. The Foundation can administer a donor’s philanthropic giving, both now and after their death.  We provide a flexible array of services that help donors shape a meaningful charitable legacy.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux was formed on June 5, 1977. The area covers the civil parishes of Terrebonne, Lafourche, parts of St Mary (Morgan City & Amelia), and part of Jefferson (Grand Isle). The diocese includes 38 Church Parishes, 6 Mission Communities of Faith, 10 Catholic Elementary Schools, 3 Catholic High Schools, and several Diocesan Offices (including Catholic Charities) that serve and support our churches and schools.
Following Jesus’ instruction presented in Matthew 28:19, the mission of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, simply put, is to form missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.
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