Harlem Parishioner Carla Harris Honored With Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal


Carla Harris, a longtime parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem, was awarded the University of Notre Dame’s 2021 Laetare Medal, a renowned  honor given to American Catholics. She received the medal during the university’s commencement ceremony May 23.

Ms. Harris is vice chairman of wealth management and senior client adviser at Morgan Stanley, where she has worked since 1987. She is also a celebrated Gospel singer, speaker and author, and is well-known for her charitable endeavors. In 2013, Ms. Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

The Laetare Medal, established at Notre Dame in 1883, has been awarded annually to an American Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”


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