Our Mission

The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide for the needs of our community through selfless service under the sign of love.

Our Vision

The vision of Catholic Charities is to comfort, care, and advocate for all people in crisis by strengthening the vulnerable and promoting self-sufficiency. Through all of our programs, our daily activities are intended to lift a person out of crisis, encounter them in Christ, and accompany them on their journey to wholeness.

Our Values

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. is faithful to the purpose for which resources are given to manage them in a manner which allows for maximum benefit to the community and the individuals we serve.
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. focuses on the needs of individuals and families, emphasizing social justice, social teaching and community service.
The excellence of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. is measured by the ability to make significant and lasting contributions to the Archdiocesan community with the goal of moving individuals we serve towards self-sufficiency.
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. is committed to being a voice for the most vulnerable in our community striving to provide appropriate and timely services to assist families and individuals when they need us most.

Who We Are

We are determined to live our mission of serving all people, regardless of race, religion, or national origin, with love, respect, and dignity by providing basic needs, strengthening the vulnerable, nurturing families, and promoting self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities employs nearly 500 staff to care, comfort, and advocate for the most vulnerable in our community.

Through the tireless efforts of our dedicated Board of Directors, and the nearly 200 thought leaders that serve on our Board of Advisors, we are able to live our values.

Join the team for the love of the mission

Meet the Staff

We measure our success by how many people we reach, how we lift them from crisis, and how we help them achieve self-sufficiency.


J. Antonio Fernandez


Since 2013, J. Antonio Fernandez has served as the Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio President/CEO leading the programs, growth, and development of the largest Catholic social services agency in the city

Matthew Martinez

Vice President, Administration

Matthew Martinez, Vice President, Administration Matthew Martinez is the Vice President, Administration responsible for directing all of the administrative functions including finance, facilities, information technology, and human resources

Tracy Ladgenski

Vice President, Mission Advancement

Tracy Ladgenski is the Vice President, Mission Advancement responsible for raising friends and funds for the five non-profit agencies that comprise the Catholic Charities family. In this role, she is responsible for grants, fundraising, events, marketing, and parish outreach

Board of Directors


Larry Benson, Jr.


Bret Piatt


Lee Bailey


  • Kino Arteaga
  • Esther Belz
  • Matthew R. Benavides
  • Emma Cano
  • Mark De Hoyos
  • Dr. Thomas Evans
  • Rev. Jonathan Felux
  • Dr. Mitch Finnie
  • Stewart Goodson
  • Dan Harkins
  • Jorge Herrera
  • Steven Jansma
  • Greg Kowalski
  • Fr. Martin Leopold
  • Christina Markell-Balleza
  • Donna McElroy
  • Armando Medina
  • Dottie Nichols
  • Melbourne O’Banion
  • Matthew E. Pepping
  • Michael Raimondi
  • Jerry Salinas
  • Hella Scheuerman
  • Rudy Torres
  • Brian Tucker

Ex-Officio Members

  • Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS
  • Bishop Michael Joseph Boulette


  • President/CEO, J. Antonio Fernandez
  • Chief Financial Officer, Lisette DeLeon
  • Vice President of Administration, Matthew Martinez
  • Vice President of Mission Advancemenet, Tracy Ladgenski
  • Vice President of Programs, Lizzy Perales