Catholic Charities CEO Jason Christensen has tendered his resignation.
The organization says this summer, Mr. Christensen had been participating in the Cycling for Change (C4C) cross-country bike ride to bring awareness to the issue of poverty with 11 other riders.
Four weeks ago, Mr. Christensen took a break from the ride due to health and personal issues. He said, “Getting my health in order … was much needed. Spending time with my family was an absolute necessity.”
As a result of that break, he has decided to resign his post as President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs.
While Mr. Christensen participated in the C4C bike ride this summer, Monsignor Don Dunn assumed the role of Acting President and CEO. Catholic Charities says He will continue in this post until Labor Day. At that time, Catholic Charities will announce the appointment of an interim CEO, and will immediately launch a national search, led by the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, to find a new President and CEO.
According to a statement released by the organization, during Mr. Christensen’s tenure, the New Marian House was built, a family counseling program within Life Connections was conceived and implemented, and more individuals and families were served throughout most of Catholic Charities programs than ever before, primarily due to the increased need as a result of the economic situation.
Mr. Christensen said, "It has been a pleasure working for Catholic Charities and I shall especially appreciate the staff and the people we served. The New Marian House project was an incredible effort that has become a shining example of the goodness of Colorado Springs and what the Church has done for the least among us."
The organization adds "We thank Mr. Christensen for his service with Catholic Charities, and wish him much success in his future endeavors."