Women CEOs say faith guides their work in bringing Gospel to the needy

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October 27, 2015

Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, and Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president of Catholic Charities USA, speak at an Oct. 22 dialogue of Catholic women leaders at Georgetown University in Washington. All three say faith guides work to bring Gospel to those in need. (CNS photo/Lisa Helfert, Georgetown University) See WOMEN-CEOS-FAITH Oct. 27, 2015.

Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, and Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president of Catholic Charities USA, speak at an Oct. 22 dialogue of Catholic women leaders at Georgetown University in Washington. All three say faith guides work to bring Gospel to those in need. (CNS photo/Lisa Helfert, Georgetown University)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Together, the Catholic organizations led by three women serve millions of people each year across the United States and around the world.

These three leaders — whose organizations are devoted to health care, serving the poor and overseas relief — said their faith guides their work in bringing the Gospel to life and helping those in need.

“I have to be grounded in the Gospel. I have to pray. I have to start and end my day in prayer. I have to listen to what God, what Jesus is saying to me in the Gospel,” said Dominican Sister Donna Markham, who in June became the president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, and is the first woman to head that organization in its 105-year history.

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