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Susan Walters
Catholic Relief Services
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Baltimore, MD, December 31, 2015 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) President and CEO Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo has been selected by nationally renowned publication Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) as one of 2015’s Catholics of the Year. She joins seven others, religious and lay leaders who, according to OSV, “made an indelible mark in 2015.”

"I am so humbled by this selection. As you know for all that we do, the Holy Spirit is the mover, our colleagues are the laborers in the vineyard, and as it is, I hold back so much. The selection is as generous and grace-filled as it is undeserved. The CRS work is a privilege as we become part of God's miracles and the hands and feet that play a role in fulfilling His promise to leave no one behind."

Writing in OSV, Lisa Hendey, founder of the blog, said, “A gifted yet always humble executive with academic and professional credentials too numerous to detail, Woo embodies the spirit of ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ through joyful missionary action in a worldwide mission territory.”

Under her leadership in 2015, CRS helped victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that leveled 500,000 homes in Nepal, refugees from the violence of Syria’s civil war, and millions of other suffering people around the world.

In addition, Dr. Woo was one of five international leaders who were at the Vatican with Pope Francis for the launch of Laudato Si, his highly anticipated encyclical on caring for our common home.

This year also saw the release of Dr. Woo’s memoir Working for a Better World that recounts the faith journey that brought her to CRS, challenging readers to lead lives of joyful service.

“God has called me to serve others. Nothing less should be expected of me,” said Dr. Woo. 

Read the full article, 2015 Catholics of the Year, on Our Sunday Visitor.


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, please visit or and follow CRS on social media: Facebook, @CatholicRelief@CRSnewsYouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Susan Walters

Senior Communications Manager

Susan Walters
December 31, 2015

Based in Baltimore, MD

As a Senior Communications Manager for Catholic Relief Services, Susan Gossling Walters covers the agency’s footprint in the United States where she identifies personal stories existing within communities, college campuses, parishes, schools as well as families that illustrate a unique approach and commitment to service. Using her skills as a...More