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An Evening with Carolyn Woo was held Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 6 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. Eastern Time)

Women of the Church hosted a virtual gathering with Carolyn Woo, PhD, to discuss her new book, Rising:  Learning from Women’s Leadership in Catholic Ministries. Carolyn is the retired President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services.  Her conversation partner was Kimberly Baker, PhD, faculty member at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.  Participants submitted questions and comments for the discussion.

The event was made possible by the generous support of The Loyola Foundation.

Below is a recording of the conversation.




Agnes Kovacs, Carolyn Woo, Kimberly Baker Inaugural Women of the Church Conference 2016


  • Carolyn Woo
    (retired) President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

    Dr. Carolyn Yauyan Woo became Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University in February 2017, after serving as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) (2012- 2016).  Prior to working with CRS, Carolyn served as dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame from 1997 – 2011. During her tenure at Notre Dame, the Mendoza College achieved No. 1 ranking (BusinessWeek/Bloomberg) in 2010 and 2011. Carolyn was instrumental in implementing an ethics component throughout the curriculum.  Prior to her work at the University of Notre Dame, she served as Associate Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University.

    Carolyn is the author of RisingLearning from Women’s Leadership in Catholic Ministries (Orbis 2022) and Working for a Better World (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015).

  • Kimberly Baker
    Associate Professor of Patristics, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

    Kimberly, a co-founder of Women of the Church, earned her PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Her research specialty is Augustine’s preaching on the Church’s life as the Body of Christ in the world. She not only studies preaching but loves the opportunity to preach herself. A fun fact is she offered her first parish mission at nearby St. Nicholas Church in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana!

    Her interest in theology first developed during her two-year post college campus ministry experience in Cote d’lvoire, West Africa. She continues to treasure intercultural friendships and experiences. She has taught ESL at her parish and coordinates a community development project for a village in Togo, West Africa.


  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 6 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. Eastern Time).


  • Kimberly Baker at work on the Zoom call.
  • Our Zoom event team: Kimberly Baker, Michal Horace, Angela Dimler, Meg Payne Nelson.
  • Kimberly and Dr. Carolyn Woo during the Zoom call.
  • Screen shot of some of our attendees.
  • Wednesday evening, for the Zoom event with Dr. Carolyn Woo about her book, "Rising: Learning from Women's Leadership in Catholic Ministries", Kristen Templin hosted a watch party in her home in the Diocese of Belleville (Illinois). Women from the parishes of St. Bernard, St. Damian, and St. Boniface gathered to listen to the Zoom event followed by their own discussion. They discovered that they are all hungry to minister in various ways, but not always sure where to start. To keep each other accountable and provide support, the group has set a date for the next gathering.

Additional information

Registration deadline

July 25, 2022