Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel today has formally established Catholic Charities of Acadiana.
The founding of Catholic Charities of Acadiana will serve to further highlight and expand existing social ministries to the marginalized within the eight parish region that encompasses the Diocese of Lafayette. The newly founded Catholic Charities of Acadiana will include a select number of Diocesan offices in addition to the services already offered through the former Catholic Services of Acadiana, a release from the diocese states.
"I am looking forward to seeing the entire Diocese involved in the charitable works of the Church," Deshotel said. "I believe now is the time to increase the reach and impact of this work throughout all of our parishes. This reorganization will allow us to better respond to Jesus’ call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, and visit the sick and imprisoned."
"We are excited to broaden the scope and reach of our services and meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community," said Catholic Charities of Acadiana Executive Director Kim Boudreaux. "We have a responsibility to work for social justice by removing the root causes of injustice in our society and improve systems for the good of all."
The official reorganization took place today during noon Mass at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist.