On Tuesday, November 8, Bishop John Noonan announced to the staff of Catholic Charities of Central Florida that Arne Nelson will be leaving the position of President and CEO of the organization. The change will be effective on March 31, 2012, or sooner as the work of a search committee is underway. Bishop John Noonan will chair the search committee.
Mr. Nelson has served Catholic Charities of Central Florida since the summer of 2005. During his tenure with the organization, he expanded services to include housing for lower income families and the elderly, transitional housing and services to the underemployed and homeless population, and medical clinics to meet the needs of the underinsured. During 2011, Catholic Charities of Central Florida provided direct service to more than 125,000 people in need throughout Central Florida. Its staff and volunteers distributed more than 4.2 million pounds of food and provided outreach to 1,736 refugees. Three hundred and one homeless individuals were assisted and reintegrated into society.
“Mr. Nelson’s leadership fulfilled the Diocese of Orlando Synod priorities in addressing the growing needs of the people of God within Central Florida,” said Bishop John Noonan. “I am grateful to him for bringing alive this vision, and expanding and prioritizing corporal works of mercy throughout the nine counties of the Diocese. Now, we pray for him in this time of transition and pray for us that we are able to identify another leader for this important organization and its needed mission.”
“Under Mr. Nelson’s direction Catholic Charities of Central Florida was able to improve the lives of thousands of people in Central Florida,” said Chris Gardner, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Central Florida. “He has laid the foundation of success for years to come.”
Catholic Charities of Central Florida is a human services organization guided by the Catholic faith and committed to the community we serve. The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Its mission is rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching: to provide vital social services for people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, and to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.