“Do we choose to be born or are we fitted to the times we are born into?” – Abraham Lincoln
Mary Beth O’Brien, Past President, LCUSA writes in the current issue of the Servicette, newsletter of the Ladies of Charity USA…
Have you had a chance to see the movie Lincoln? President Lincoln had a great talent for saying a lot in a short speech. Many issues pressed on Lincoln on that rainy day in 1865: how to end a war, Reconstruction, the fate of former slaves. Lincoln said simply what would guide him through his next term:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on\ to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” He was a source of hope for others, making the world a better place. Lincoln changed the world.
Fast forward to the 2013 LCUSA National Assembly and keynote speaker Dr., Carolyn Y. Woo, a woman of deep faith and a strong commitment to the mission, whether it is in a university setting or a large service organization. Most recently, Dr. Woo served as the dean of the Mendoza Business School at the University of Notre Dame. During her tenure at the university, the Mendoza College of Business achieved a number one ranking in 2010-2011 (Bloomberg Business Week). On January 1, 2012, she became the seventh chief executive of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), founded in 1943 by the Catholic bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Dr. Woo leads an organization of nearly 7,000 employees in more than 90 countries on five continents.
“Dr. Woo will bring exceptional abilities and gifts to the task of serving the poor around the world in the name of Catholics throughout the United States,” saidBishop Gerald F. Kicanas, who chairs the CRS board of directors. “She has innumerable contacts in the business world…her ability to mobilize as government funding diminishes will be vital.”
Dr. Woo is not afraid of adversity and she believes adversity helps shape our faith. She finds great comfort and peace from her faith. She is humble and confident.
He was a source of hope for others, making many people the world a better place. Lincoln successfully orga- changed the world. Dr. Woo feels CRS works on behalf of Catholics in the United States to put action behind the gospel command to love our neighbors.
“With malice toward , none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right,” —she lives those words shared by President Lincoln in 1865. She, too, is a source of hope for others, making the world a better place. At the national assembly in San Jose, Calif., September 20-21, you will want to join Ladies of Charity from around the country to hear her words, experience her energy and learn more about CRS.
Sr. Margaret Keaveney, DC, president and chief executive officer of St. Vincent’s, a social services provider in Santa Barbara, will also be a featured speaker. Take heart in the nature of your distinct ministries within our association and celebrate your amazing contributions to the building of God’s kingdom. God’s workplace is any workplace, which means our workplace is God’s.G*Some material for this article was taken from the
CRS website www.crs.org
Taken from the website of the Ladies of Charity USA where one can find further information about the Assembly.
Please visit the information rich and visually appealing 2013-Winter-Spring-Servicette (pdf) for lots of other information.