Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs CEO Jason Christensen has resigned.

This summer, Christensen rode in the Cycling for Change 5,000-mile cross-country bike ride to bring awareness to the issue of poverty.

Four weeks ago, he had to take a break from the ride due to health and personal issues.

“Getting my health in order … was much needed. Spending time with my family was an absolute necessity,” Christensen said.

As a result of that break, he decided to resign his post as president and CEO of Catholic Charities.

While Mr. Christensen participated in the C4C bike ride this summer, Monsignor Don Dunn served as acting CEO. He will continue in this post until Labor Day, when Catholic Charities will name an interim CEO, and launch a national search for Christensen’s successor.

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During Christensen’s tenure, the New Marian House was built, a family counseling program within Life Connections was created and implemented, and more individuals and families were served throughout most of Catholic Charities programs than ever before.

“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,” Christensen said.

Read more about Christensen in a recent Business Journal interview.