New Catholic Relief Services leader pledges to foster Catholic identity
Published: July 8, 2011 / Author: Mendoza College
Carolyn Woo, the dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the
University of Notre Dame, has been named president and CEO of Catholic Relief
Services, the relief agency founded by the US bishops. She will replace Ken
Hackett, who has led the agency since 1993.
Asked by Our Sunday Visitor whether promoting
the agency’s Catholic identity will be a “key factor,” Woo replied:
Absolutely. We are the Catholic Relief Services, and I
applaud the fact that we are often in countries that are not Catholic. We serve
those countries not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. And
we draw on funding agencies that are not explicitly Catholic. We’re glad about
that, too, because we need partners of all kinds to participate in these works
of mercy and these works of friendship.
But in the end, the deep
foundation and the fountain from which we draw our own inspiration to do this
work is Christ’s teaching that “I am the vine, you are the branches.” These
branches need to be connected to the vine, and that’s our mission.