Mission

Our mission is to provide every person the opportunity to develop to his or her full potential, intellectually, spiritually, mentally, physically, vocationally and socially.

History

For 60 years St. Mary’s has been a vital resource for many families throughout Louisiana. Founded in 1954 by Bishop Charles P. Greco in Clarks, Louisiana, St. Mary’s is a residential facility and home to nearly 200 children and adults that are diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Since 1974 the campus has been centrally located in Alexandria on a 55-acre campus. St. Mary’s operates under the auspices of the Diocese of Alexandria.

In 1914, while Bishop Greco was a seminarian in Italy, he saw a school where handicapped children were lovingly cared for and from that time he wished to have such a facility in Louisiana. But it was not until 1953 that an opportunity presented itself for making the dream a reality when he established St. Mary’s Residential School in Clarks, Louisiana.

Bishop Greco passionately believed that each and every child deserved, “to live in an environment of happiness is the right of every child. Especially this is true of retarded children whose power to create their own happiness is so limited.” Bishop Greco passed away in 1989 and today the staff and administration of St. Mary’s strive to continue making his dreams a reality.

Additional Resources:

Compton, Donna. The Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows in Louisiana. Shreveport, LA: Printed by Graphic Industries, 2005. Print.

Greco, Charles P. "With God's Help": Memoirs of Bishop Charles P. Greco: The Inspiring and Fascinating Story of a Life Touched by Saints and Sinners. New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus, 1989. Print.