Obituary for a Parish Cat: In Memoriam, Sula
On August 24, 2022, Sula, the beloved parish cat at Old
Mission San Juan Bautista, passed away quietly in her carrier as she prepared
to spend her last working day at the Mission. For about 15 years, based on the
estimates of parishioners who have known her since she appeared at the Mission
as a kitten, she has spent her time at Masses, exploring the gardens, and in
the Gift Shop where she lived until recently, moving in with parishioners, her
godparents, when covid struck and spending Sundays on duty at the Mission. She
brought excitement to scores of visiting children, peace to parishioners during
Mass, and healing to the hurting. As a survivor of multiple forms of cancer,
including skin cancer that took her ears years ago, she served as a role model
to cancer patients. Visitors came not only to visit the Mission but also to
meet Sula. On her Face Book page, she had over 1000 followers, including fans
from more than a dozen states and many countries.
Sula, a “divine cat” and “a cat with a mission,” was
featured in Guideposts Magazine, All Creatures Magazine, local
newspapers, and, most recently, the San Francisco Post. In addition, she
published six books on spiritual topics. A seventh, Sula and the Franciscan
Sisters, was released last week and will be available soon.
Sula will be cremated. A memorial is being planned. Details
will become available at www.facebook.com/sulathecat
or through the Mission bulletin and Gift Shop.
After fighting cancer for most of her life, Sula has earned
a pain-free and joy-filled existence on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. August
24 was a sad day for Old Mission San Juan Bautista but a happy one in Heaven. One
of God’s best has arrived home.
- as published in Mission Village Voice
- as announced on Sula's Face Book page
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