by Kirk Woundy
Jason Christensen, CEO and president of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, has stepped down, the organization announced today. Monsignor Don Dunn, who has been acting CEO and president since late May — when Christensen began a cross-country bike ride to raise poverty awareness — will continue in those roles for now.
According to Catholic Charities' release:
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.
Well before today's announcement, Christensen wrote about the break on his blog.
The release says that a national search for his successor will begin immediately. It also notes what Christensen accomplished in his three-plus years at Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs.
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.
It's been a tough couple months for Catholic Charities, which saw a big fundraiser largely rained out in July.