Powerful women outline role in living out pope's message in Georgetown panel

Sr. 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 Sr. 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)

Women play a key role in helping to fulfill Pope Francis' message of mercy, service and compassion, three women leaders of the largest Catholic social service organizations said in a panel discussion at Georgetown University on Oct. 22.  

The wide-ranging session, "Women Taking the Lead: Acting on Pope Francis' Message," also touched on women's progress within the church, leadership challenges within a male-dominated hierarchy and prospects for women's ordination. The panel, consisting of Sr. Donna Markham, president of Catholic Charities, Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services and Sr. Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, was part of a series of public dialogues hosted by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and moderated by center director John Carr.

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