Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Working for a Better World

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Working for a Better World

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WORKING FOR A BETTER WORLD

By Carolyn Y. Woo (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015)

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When Carolyn Woo first came to the United States as a college freshman, she barely had enough money to pay for one year at Purdue University. Alone and far from her loved ones in Hong Kong, Woo struggled to adjust to life in her new surroundings. But thanks to the kindness and generosity of others, she managed to persevere. Woo not only found a way to afford a second year of college, she remained at Purdue, as both a student and later a faculty member, for 35 years.

Now president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Woo's mission is to bring that same kindness and generosity to others in need. In Working for a Better World, she retraces both the steps of her own life's journey and the history of CRS, the U.S. bishops' international relief and development agency. For Woo, God's grace has been unmistakable in guiding her along the way, but with the gifts she has received comes a great responsibility to give back to others. …

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