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Friday, March 10, 2017

Darst Center Honors Sister Joy Clough RSM

By Sandy Goetzinger

Joy Clough, RSMSisters of Mercy

Mercy Sister Joy Clough, RSM, was honored March 4, by the Br. David Darst Center at the organization’s annual fund-raiser: A Night at the Races. A long-time member of the Darst Center board of directors, Sister Joy served as the board’s president from 2009 to 2016 as the Center expanded its programs, participants and partner agencies.

Currently a volunteer naturalist, Sister Joy has spent her life ministering in Chicago as a teacher and historical writer, as well as serving in several leadership positions, including director of public information for the Archdiocese of Chicago, president of the Sisters of Mercy Chicago Regional Community, and Director of Mission and Heritage at Saint Xavier University.

Founded 13 years ago by De La Salle Brother Denis Murphy with the help of two Sisters of Mercy, the center provides unique learning and immersion retreat opportunities for high school and college students to help educate them about social injustices that often cause people to be marginalized. The center offers students the opportunity to meet people affected by poverty or homelessness or racism or other social ills through its partnership with more than 24 social service agencies across Chicago. After these encounters, the center helps students process their experiences and explore the systemic roots of these issues. They learn how to advocate for systemic change, as well as help give voice to those who are oppressed.

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