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Sister’s reflections on racism within Church, society published

July 14, 2014

Sister Cora Marie Billings describes her experiences of being “the first” or the “the only” African-American Catholic and woman religious in many situations in an essay published in the July 7-14, 2014 issue of America magazine. In this essay, she also writes about her awakening to the many ways in which systems in society, including the Catholic Church, perpetuate racism.

To read Sister Cora’s essay, click here.

The Sisters of Mercy oppose racism in all its forms and address it among ourselves and in the communities where we live and work. To learn more about the Sisters of Mercy’s work to address racism, go to

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