Faith. Action. Results.
Armed with this message, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the organization’s new president and CEO Sean Callahan visited the Diocese of San Jose on Nov. 1 when a reception was held in his honor at Santa Clara University.
A 28-year veteran of CRS, Callahan took over for Dr. Carolyn Woo on Jan. 1, when Woo’s five-year term ended. Callahan spent the last four years as Chief Operating Officer and eight years before that as Executive Vice President for Overseas Operations.
“The question I often get asked is, ‘what can we do together,’” Callahan noted. “What is the power of possibility? At CRS we assist people in various ways. We try and restore people’s human dignity and help them be whole. I think we should always try and think big and I think we can do more.”
Callahan said once human dignity has been restored, the question becomes “what can they do next?” During his 20-minute talk, Callahan repeatedly emphasized “opportunity, hope and empowerment.”
“We want to unleash what they have within them,” he said. “We just have to provide a little investment in them. All of these (impacted) people are our brothers, our sisters and our children.”
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath gave the blessing before Callahan’s presentation and spoke about his own experience with CRS when he and CRS Board Member Charmaine Warmenhoven visited Guatemala.
“Visiting Guatemala was a life changing experience for me,” said the Bishop. “It is really amazing to see all of the different things CRS does to make things better in people’s lives. Our world is a much better place because of Catholic Relief Services.”
Based in Baltimore, 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 for emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. Learn more at CRS.org.