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Charity head announces resignation

By David Abel, Globe Staff, 6/13/2003

Catholic Charities president Joseph Doolin announced yesterday that he is resigning at the end of the year.

Doolin, who held the position for 14 years, presided over a doubling in the size of the agency, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Boston. He also oversaw the creation of programs serving immigrants, the homeless, AIDS patients, and others.

''Under Dr. Doolin's leadership, the work of this ministry has been carried out with the utmost respect for those who have needed support,'' Bishop Richard Lennon, the apostolic administrator of the archdiocese, said in a statement yesterday.

Faced with a budget crunch, however, some of the charity's programs have been cut or are slated to be restructured. Over the next five years, Catholic Charities will reduce the number of sites where it provides services from 52 to six, and approximately 200 of its 1,400 employees will be laid off.

Doolin, 65, will remain with the agency until a replacement is found.

This story ran on page B3 of the Boston Globe on 6/13/2003.
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