Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo

September 30, 2016

"Common Good, Uncommon Excellence"

Christ reminded us that our He is in our neighbors and that our love for them represents our love for Him. In Catholic Relief Service's outreach to the poorest and most vulnerable, CRS is committed to excellence as their beneficiaries are entrusted to them and deserve their very best. Woo's presentation will highlight sustainable and innovative solutions for building up lives and livelihoods.

Recommended Watching

Recommended Reading

Available on Amazon or after Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in September.

Available on Amazon or after Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in September.

Book: Working for a Better World

"Working for a Better World" is an engrossing account not only of Dr. Woo's own life, but of the ongoing critical work of CRS in meeting the needs of the poor, the traumatized, and the needy throughout the world. From typhoon-flattened cities in the Philippines to earthquake-devastated Haiti, CRS is there before the TV cameras arrive and there after they leave. And there in over 100 countries-helping subsistence farmers and health-care workers, orphans and refugees-in those neglected places where the cameras never come.

Column: "Our Global Family"

“Our Global Family” is a monthly column for Catholic News Service which is available to the Catholic media.


Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. She came to CRS in January 2012 after a distinguished academic career.

Dr. Woo's Catholic News Service monthly column took first place in the 2013 Catholic Press Association Awards in the category of Best Regular Column – Spiritual Life. Before coming to CRS, Dr. Woo served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She was a recipient of honorary doctorates from Providence College, University of St. Francis, Lewis University, as well as the University of Notre Dame. She was the first female dean to chair the accreditation body for business schools (AACSB: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and directed its initiative for Peace through Commerce.

Dr. Woo was educated by the Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong. She is married to Dr. David E. Bartkus, whom she met at the Newman Center at Purdue University and they have two sons, Ryan and Justin.