New CEO of Catholic Relief Services Begins Tenure

On January 1, Sean Callahan, the chief operating officer of Catholic Relief Services, became the organization’s president and CEO.  Callahan succeeds Carolyn Woo, who was previously dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Under Woo’s tenure, Catholic Relief Services’ budget grew from $585 million in 2013 to almost $900 million in 2016.

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) board chair, had announced Sean Callahan as the organization’s new President & CEO in November. CRS is the international humanitarian organization of the Catholic community in the United States that supports more than 100 million people living in poverty around the world.

“I am at once honored and humbled to take on this great responsibility,” Callahan said. “Our work is so important, both around the world and here in the U.S., where our donors and partners look to CRS to live out their faith and aid the poor in God’s family, no matter where they might live.”