The Principal of Union Catholic High School, Sister Percylee Hart, has been named the 2019 Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, in New Jersey.

Committee proudly announces that Union Catholic High School Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM has been named Grand Marshal of the 23rd Annual Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

Sister Percylee has been the Principal of Union Catholic in Scotch Plains since 1980 where she has been the catalyst for every major advance that the school has made in the past 38 years. She is also a proud supporter of the Union Catholic Irish Vikings Club that has been active with the parade for many years.

“It’s an honor I accept on behalf of my family, the Sisters of Mercy and Union Catholic High School,” Sister Percylee said. “Thank you to the parade committee for a great day each year for us to celebrate our Irish heritage.”

The Grand Marshal is a sister of the Irish order of the Sisters of Mercy that was founded in Dublin by Catherine McAuley in 1831. Sister Percylee traces her Irish roots to County Sligo in the West of Ireland.

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“We are proud and excited to have Sister Percylee Hart as our 2019 Union County St Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal,” said Parade General Chairperson Jessica Cunningham. “Sister Percylee and Union Catholic have been a tremendous help to the parade over the years.

Prior to Union Catholic, Sister Percylee was the Principal of Red Bank Catholic High School from 1970-1980. She serves as a member of the Advisory Committee and the Controversies Committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA); is 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.

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The Grand Marshal has chosen Union Catholic Assistant Principal Dr. Jim Reagan Jr. as her Chief of Staff. Her other aides include: Noreen Andrews, Barbara Dellanno, Jennifer Dixon, Susan Dyckman, Sister Lisa Gambacorta, Sister Elaine McAteer, Karen Piasecki, James Reagan Sr., Sister Donna Jo Repetti, Joe & Karen Schurtz, Sister Ann Sullivan, Dave & Betsy Thornton, Marge Urso, Father Michael Ward, Mary Ellen Wischusen, Anne & Bob Wischusen, and Sister Alice Yohe.

Sister Percylee will be officially installed as Grand Marshal on Saturday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. during the parade committee’s annual Investiture Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church located at 1571 Martine Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. A reception for the Grand Marshal will follow at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.

The 23rd Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 1:00 p.m. sharp on Saturday, March 16, 2019, on Morris Avenue in Union, NJ.

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