MILWAUKEE, Aug. 28, 2014 - Fr. David J. Bergner has resigned as executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Under his watch the agency developed and implemented a multi-year strategic plan, acquired a new client service site in Waukesha, and increased the agency’s visibility within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, among other initiatives.
Ricardo Cisneros, Catholic Charities director of programs and a longtime agency employee, will serve as interim executive director until a successor is named. Client and program services will continue with no change during this transition.
Bergner announced his resignation on Aug. 26 to board chairman Keith Lester and vice chair Beth Hanan. He is stepping down to focus on his priestly ministry with the Salvatorians, his religious order. Previously, Bergner served as provincial superior for the Salvatorians in the United States.
During Fr. Dave’s tenure, the agency’s first integrated year-end campaigns were launched, the “Ripple” Campaign and “That Moment When”, both which secured unprecedented year-end donations and new donors. To enhance Catholic Charities relationships with parishes, Bergner hired Sister Frances Cunningham, SSSF to serve as the agency’s first Parish Relations Coordinator. He also established the Parish Relations board subcommittee.
Together they have been a dynamic duo, traveling the Archdiocese and educating parishes about the good work of Catholic Charities. Most recently, Fr. Dave had been highly visible in the Milwaukee media, taking the lead in providing a pastoral voice in response to the border crisis.
Catholic Charities provides human services throughout the ten-county Archdiocese of Milwaukee, including behavioral health counseling, community outreach, in-home support, adult day services, legal services to immigrants, refugee resettlement, supported parenting, pregnancy support and adoption.