Leader of Catholic Charities in St. Louis resigns - KMOV.com

Leader of Catholic Charities in St. Louis resigns

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The head of Catholic Charities in St. Louis has resigned, the second of the nonprofit's leaders to step down in the past year.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis confirmed the Dec. 15 resignation of Monsignor Mark Ullrich on Wednesday. St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a story Thursday that the 57-year-old priest asked to return to parish work.

Ullrich did not return a call seeking comment.

Carlson said the archdiocese's vicar general, Monsignor Vernon Gardin, will temporarily replace Ullrich as the head of Missouri's largest private provider of social services. Former Catholic Charities President Jack Lally will be interim chief operating officer.

Before Ullrich took over in March, nearly a third of Catholic Charities' board of directors resigned, as did its vice president for development.

Some who left cited an October 2008 memo from Bishop Robert Hermann, then the acting archdiocesan leader. The memo said Catholic Charities had been allowed "to drift in a direction that began to work contrary to the desires" of previous archbishops.

Catholic Charities raises its own funds and operates its own programs, but board members are appointed by the archbishop, who has ultimate control.

Carlson said he accepted Ullrich's resignation "regretfully" and thanked him for his service.

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