Gannon University Hosts Annual Loftus Lecture
Posted: October 21, 2015
Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D., president and CEO of Catholic Relief
Services (CRS), will deliver the Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus
Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action on Wednesday, October 21 at
7:00 p.m. in the Yehl Room of Gannon University's Waldron Campus
Center, 214 W. Seventh St.
In her address, entitled "Faith, Action, Results," Woo will
describe how CRS responds to the call of the Gospel to serve the
poorest and most vulnerable on behalf of Catholics in the United
States. The presentation will provide an overview of the challenges
and progress that has been made in addressing global poverty. It
will also illustrate the importance of innovations and
transformative change to bring about large-scale sustainable
improvements to the lives of people worldwide.
Woo was born and raised in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the
United States to attend Purdue University, where she received her
bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees, and joined the faculty.
Before coming to CRS, Woo served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the
University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. During her
tenure, the Mendoza College was frequently recognized as the
nation's leading business school in ethics education and
Representing CRS, she was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of
Foreign Policy as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet
and one of only 33 in the category of "a force for good."
Catholic Relief Services is the official international
humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.
Woo was one of five presenters in Rome at the release of Pope
Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si," in June 2015.
Her faith journey and work at CRS are recounted in her book,
"Working for a Better World," published in 2015 by Our Sunday
Reservations for the lecture are encouraged, but not required.
For more information, or to make a reservation, click here.
The Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and
Action serves Gannon University's Mission and Catholic Identity by
providing excellent teaching, scholarship, research, and service
experiences for the spiritual development of all its