By Jim Lambert
Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Union Catholic Assistant Principal Dr. Jim Reagan Jr. announced to the UC Community on UCTV on Tuesday morning.
The 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 16. The day begins with Mass at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Elizabeth, and the parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Union.
Sister Percylee has been the Principal of Union Catholic since 1980. She's been the catalyst for every major advance that the school has made in the past 38 years. Her progressive initiatives have positioned Union Catholic as one of the premier Catholic high schools in the state.
Prior to UC, Sister Percylee was the Principal of Red Bank Catholic High School from 1970-1980. She has served as a member of the Advisory Committee and the Controversies Committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA); is Past President of the Newark Archdiocese Regional Principals Association; and is Trustee Emerita at Georgian Court University, her alma mater.
Sister Percylee holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She’s a member of the National Catholic Educators Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Sister Percylee, a sister of the Irish order of the Sisters of Mercy, has Irish roots that trace back to the early 1800’s.
Her maternal grandfather, John Smith, was born and raised in County Sligo. He immigrated from Ireland to the U.S. in the late 1800’s where he found work in the Armory, traveling across the country. Sister’s paternal grandmother is also of Irish descent.