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New Executive Director Named


Penny Casavant
Director of Organizational Advancement
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud
Joe Towalski
Director of Communications
Diocese of St. Cloud
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud welcomes new Executive Director
Stephen R. Pareja to lead organization beginning November 28

The Corporate Board of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud recently appointed Stephen R. Pareja the organization’s new Executive Director, effective November 28, 2016.

Pareja will replace Steven P. Bresnahan, who is retiring from leading Central Minnesota’s largest non-profit human service organization after 22 years.

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Stephen Pareja’s caliber leading such an important part of our faith community,” said Bishop Donald Kettler, who announced the appointment at a press conference Friday.

The organization, which serves 16 counties across the heart of Minnesota, conducted a nation-wide search to fill the position, but found Pareja in Stearns County. He and his family reside in Sartell.

“My Catholic faith has always been an important part of my life, and Catholic Charities is an organization I respect very much,” said Pareja. “I’m excited to be able to combine my faith life and work life, while serving those in need in our community.”

Most recently, Pareja served as Director of Clinical Services at CentraCare Health - Monticello.

He has more than 30 years of experience in serving others, mostly in the health care industry. Pareja graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Radiologic Technology and Business. He has a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Ohio University, and is a Catholic  deacon, with a Master’s degree in Theology from St. John’s University.

He is currently assigned to serve as a deacon at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell, a role he will continue.

Download a photo of Parjea here.


Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that advances the charitable and social mission of the Diocese of St. Cloud. It builds communities, promotes family life, and enhances human dignity by providing quality services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs.