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 research.

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 Visitor.

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 students.