By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
"Partnership" was the word on everyone's lips at CHA's 2014 Global Summit, held Sept. 16-17 in Crystal City, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C.
Speakers and participants from around the world shared ideas about how to best partner with the U.S. government, private foundations, other Catholic organizations and one another in their ministry to the poor and disadvantaged overseas.
"Our common values and common vision go a very long way in what we can achieve together," said Carolyn Woo, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services, who joined in a facilitated dialogue with Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, CHA president and chief executive officer, about the Catholic response in low-income countries.
The Catholic Church "has a natural instinct for building institutions, but not a natural instinct for collaboration," Woo said, eliciting chuckles from the audience. "But without collaboration, we will not have impact, we will not have sustainability, we will not have scale."
Sr. Carol said the January dedication of St. Francis de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will showcase the first major building project completed since the earthquake in Haiti five years ago and represents "the finest example of church working together.