History of Catholic Charities


“Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance” – Samuel Johnson

One archbishop. One priest. One small office. No budget.

It was 1913, a year before the outbreak of World War I. Archbishop McNeil hired Fr. Patrick Bench to help bridge the gaps and overlaps on the assistance being given to the poor and needy. Together, the two decided to take control over the admissions of existing institutions and the allocation of the work of Catholic welfare societies. Their mission: to identify and tackle social problems such as unemployment and poverty while encouraging others to partake in charity work. Take a look back at the contributions Catholic Charities and its member agencies have made in an effort to strengthen the community as a whole.

Please click below Catholic Charities Special Articles from Catholic Register.

100th Anniversary of Catholic Charities

(Catholic Register, May 13, 2013)

175 Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Toronto

(Catholic Register, May 25, 2017)