Sydney Clark is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received her master's in multiplatform journalism. She is a student member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a multimedia freelancer with Catholic News Service, the Hyattsville Life & Times, and College Park Here & Now.
Cora Marie Billings, whose devout family fought against racial barriers to fully participate in the Catholic faith, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1956, becoming the first Black member of the Philadelphia community.
Mercy Sr. Percylee Hart is thrilled that Union Catholic Regional High School track alumna Sydney McLaughlin won two gold medals at the 2020 Olympics. A 50-year veteran of Catholic education, Hart says "each one of us has a path that leads us to the gold" — a path that empowers students to reach their full potential.
Two Caldwell University nursing students were hired to work at St. Catherine of Siena Convent as nursing assistants during the Spring 2021 semester. After the semester ended, both kept working there.
Congregations have pooled economic impact payments sisters have received from the U.S. government during the coronavirus pandemic, and they've used the funds to establish grants for vulnerable communities.