Sara Perla is the Communications Manager for The Catholic Project at Catholic University. She was a writer for the project's award-winning podcast, Crisis: Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church and contributes regularly to the news and commentary section.
Ms. Perla worked at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for six years as the Program Specialist for the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, which was part of the Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. Having taken a class in audio storytelling at the D.C. Public Library, Ms. Perla founded, produced, and hosted the storytelling podcast Made for Love, episodes 1-58, which has since evolved into an interview podcast. Through her podcast, Ms. Perla interviewed many Catholic bishops, including now-Archbishop Shelton Fabre, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bishop Frank Caggiano, Bishop James Conley, and Bishop David Ricken, on topics that ranged from racism and disability to stories about their own mothers or whether they owned pets.
Before moving to the USCCB, Ms. Perla taught high school theology for six years at The Academy of Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland, and, previous to that, assisted the Secretary for Education at the Archdiocese of Washington.
Ms. Perla studied sociology, philosophy, and theology at The Catholic University of America and received her Masters in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.