Father John Estrem, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis since 2005, [reputedly making a six figure salary], has submitted his resignation, effective June 30, to Archbishop John Nienstedt. . . .
Serving as CEO of Catholic Charities was a dream job for Father Estrem, according to the statement.
“However, my life and career have been on a single path for 30 years,” Father Estrem said in the statement. “After great soul searching, I believe it is essential for me to step back and reflect on the next phase of my career and decide how and where I can be of most service.”
Maybe it is for the better that Fr. Estrem, or should I just refer to him as "John", is leaving.
What one really wants to know is what kind of decisions were made by a priest who thought of himself as having a job with the Archdiocese.
Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis is a huge operation. It is responsible for the following agencies:
Some would like to know what kind of appointments a "careerist" might make to manage these critically important ministries.
We're talking about children, the unemployed, the homeless, the handicapped, etc. One hopes and prays that there aren't a whole bunch of careerists or unqualified people running those agencies.
Pray to God that it is so.