Our History

The community of Tulsa has been blessed with the presence of Catholic Charities for many years. With the support of not only the Catholic community, but with the generosity of many wonderful people of Tulsa, Catholic Charities has performed inspiring works of mercy in the Tulsa region. Tulsa’s Catholic Charities was a branch of the Oklahoma City office until the Diocese of Tulsa was created in 1973. In 1978, then Bishop Eusebius Beltran established a Board of Governors. From 1951 until November of 2009, Catholic Charities of Tulsa was operated from the main building (formerly the Parish of the Immaculate Conception) located on North Denver Avenue in Tulsa. By 2009 there were nine buildings in north Tulsa housing 12 programs and services.

In November of 2009, most of the Catholic Charities’ programs and services were relocated to a new 72,000 square foot campus at 2450 North Harvard Avenue. The campus includes a beautiful Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, and seven buildings. The Mission of Hope: Changing Lives With Love fundraising campaign brought more than $19 million from 4,000 individuals and families to build and furnish the facilities. The California Mission style of architecture is simple yet durable; built to serve people for many years to come.

The mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa is to bring Christ’s love to those who suffer in our midst. Approximately 50,000 people are assisted each year by the services of Catholic Charities’ 14 programs. Most services are offered at no cost or on a sliding fee schedule. Assistance is provided without regard for race, color, or creed; approximately 85% of those served are not of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Charities’ staff and more than 1,650 volunteers carry out the mission. Catholic Charities is not a United Way agency and receives limited federal funds; the majority of funding for operations is provided by individuals and charitable organizations.

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Charities serves those in need because of our commitment to Catholic Social Teaching.  To learn more about why we do what we do, read the seven basic themes of Catholic Social Teaching by clicking here.