In 1978, Rev. Fr Dudley Attanayake was appointed as the very first Director of SED Galle and functioned till 1983. The Office of SED Galle was housed in the premises of the Mission House of Kegalle Parish.

In 1983, Rev Fr Paul Fernando was appointed as the Director of SED Galle and during his time the animation programme was commenced. Thereafter, the office was moved to the Mission House premises at Embilipitiya Parish and in 1989 it was moved to Kahawatte Parish. In 1989 due to the insurgency in the South, a temporary break occurred in the activities of the SED Galle and had to immerse itself totally in programme of rehabilitation for the youths. In 1990, Rev.Fr Damian Fernando took over and consolidated the programmes that had been initiated. He concentrated in forming cluster villages which have been affected by violence and have animated the communities to set up small associations. These small “Gami Jana Pubudu” groups commenced thrift and credit societies so as to mobilize savings, obtain counter funding and set up small scale development programmes. Agro-fishing too was encouraged as a means of development for the marginalized villages.

In 1995, the diocese of Galle was divided into two, which necessitated a separate Diocesan Centre for the new Diocese, Ratnapura. The center for the new diocese was named as “Sethmini” in 1996 and Rev.Fr Dudley Attanayake had the rare opportunity of being appointed as its very first Director too, With the division mentioned above in January 1996, Rev Fr Michael Rajendram was appointed as the Director of SED Galle for the mother Diocese . Mr Liyanage (a Buddhist) had been associated with SED Galle from its inception too opted to join SED Galle. Fr Michael Rjendram, while being the Administrator cum Parish Priest of Calvary Shrine and St. Anne’s Parish at Hiniduma respectively developed a committed team of Animators as the Programme Staff for SED Galle with the assistance of National Centre - SEDEC. In May 1998, Fr Michael Rajendram due to the work load of both in the Shrine and the Parish, requested to be released from the responsibility of the directorship.

In June 1998, Rev Fr Bernard Fernando was appointed as the Director of SED Galle. He served SED Galle until March 1999. In April 1999, Rev Fr Michael Rajendram was once again appointed for the second time as the Director of SED Galle. It is during the period of his directorship, that SED Galle was blessed with a permanent place as it Center at Galle Fort.

In September 2001, Rev Fr. Nihal Nanayakkara was appointed as the Director of SED Galle and he further strengthened the existing programmes of SED Galle. His term of office as Director was limited for a very short period of four month only.

In January 2002 Rev Fr Raymond Wickremasinghe was appointed and as his predecessor . He too held the office as Director only for a short period of four months.

In May 2002, Rev. Fr Herman Fernando was appointed as the Director and functioned till 2006. He was keen to further develop the animation programmes and also built inter-religious dialogue and developed bridges of friendship between the north and the south so as to increase understanding and acceptance of ethnic communities. He was also in the forefront of the temporary rehabilitation for the victims and beneficiaries of Tsunami devastation. During his tenure of Office, SED Galle was baptized as Caritas SED Galle. With the active assistance from Caritas Sri Lanka, Caritas SED Galle was able to shift its Tsunami programme from emergency relief activities to developing its own strategies to capacity building of physical and human resources. During his period, dry rations were distributed, constructed wells and rainwater harvesting tanks for the drought victims in the year 2002. Again in the year 2003 the victims of floods were provided with dry rations, kitchen utensils, constructed new houses and repaired a number of damaged houses. For tsunami victims in the year 2004, Caritas SED Galle provided emergency relief operations, constructed temporary houses, repaired 670 Number partially damaged houses , established a number of housing settlement schemes in the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota with 554 number new permanent houses valued at a cost of Rs 801 million, provided livelihood development projects in sectors of Fisheries, Agriculture and Small Business at a value of 188 million, provided infrastructure facilities at a value of Rs 33 million as Community Centers, Cooperative Stores, Community Health Care Center, Street Lamps, Common Parapet Walls and Fishery Harbour Developments.

In May 2006 Rev Fr Damian Arsakularatne was appointed as the Director of Caritas SED Galle. With his coming to Caritas SED Galle, the vision and mission statements were formed, CSG obtained the participation of the beneficiaries in building the houses which brought about a greater involvement of the recipients and active enthusiasm. Fr Damian’s concept concerning animation of small groups too has had the desired effect. The Animators were to mobilize the communities into small groups. Caritas SED Galle responded to floods and landslide victims in the year 2007 by distributing dry rations, constructed wells and repaired roofs of houses. A special Project called Integral Human Development Project (IHDP) was launched along with other dioceses in Sri Lanka in 2009. It is during his directorship, Caritas SED Galle was blessed with an Office Complex with facilities for meetings and residential programmes. Caritas Southern Travel – an income generation project and another Caritas Korea Medical Centre at Thalpe to promote community health were initiated by Fr Damian Arsakularatne during his six years of service as Director at Caritas SED Galle.

In March 2012, Rev Fr Michael Rajendram was once again appointed for the third time as its Director. Since he took over, he has been stressing on the concept of Empowerment of Community-based Units in order to bring about a change in the society they live. Under Integral Development through Community Development Project, Caritas SED Galle provided assistance for community empowering, promoting social justice, bringing sustainable peace, psychosocial support to most vulnerable and marginalized community. Under a project named “Dignified life through Community Empowerment”. Caritas SED Galle conducted programs for good governance, strengthening Self-help Groups and Community-based Organizations, legal status, registration and broader social acceptance, advocacy and lobbying. Caritas SED Galle has also assisted 600 vulnerable women-headed households under a separate project. The key issues addressed by the project were malnutrition, water and sanitation related issues, low-level of education, school drop outs and medical assistance and peace building.

Thereafter Rev Fr. Fr Indika Anthony functioned as CSG Director from February 2017 till October 2017. For the victims of flood and landslide occurred in the year 2017, Caritas SED Galle provided immediate relief (cooked foods), dry rations. non-food items, wash items, kitchen utensils and educational items including shoes.

Rev Fr Lalith Fernando functioned as its Director from October 2017 till January 2018.

Rev Fr Herman Fernando was appointed once again from January 2018 to January 2022. During this period, Caritas SED Galle has provided hygienic facilities for school children of selected under-privileged schools and upgraded water and sanitation facilities of selected low-income families in the Diocese of Galle funded by CHARIS of Singapore. Caritas SED Galle also provided scholarships to poor and vulnerable 37 students under a Poland Scholarship Programme and another 65 students under a German Scholarship (Kindermissionswerk) Programme.

Rev Fr Lasantha Fonseka assumed duties as the new Director of Caritas SED Galle from January 2022. He was instrumental in developing/upgrading the Caritas SED Galle Office Complex including Dormitories/Rooms into a fully-pledged Centre in order to hold residential training programmes, seminars and workshops which are conducted at national level by Caritas Sri Lanka –SEDEC. He also upgraded systems and processes to ensure efficient monitoring and evaluation of project activities in the field.