February 18, 2013

Carolyn Woo, president of U.S. Catholic Relief Services, wants to see graduates of Catholic colleges become more involved in service – globally and even locally within their own parishes – and said university presidents should do more to make sure this happens.

"Young people love to volunteer," she said, but what she "finds missing" from them is a "lifelong commitment" to the poor and a sense of "responsibility for building up the Church."

Woo spoke during the Feb. 3 plenary session at the annual meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington.

She said students hunger for the "inspirational challenge" to help others and said she believes "we as elders may not have given enough energy" to encouraging them.