SR. PATRICIA HAYHURST, CSJ
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange mourn the loss of Sr. Patricia Hayhurst.
Sr. Patricia passed away on Oct. 18 in her 55th year as a Sister of St. Joseph. Sr. Patricia was born on Jan. 14, 1949, at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange on Sept. 3, 1967 and made her final profession in 1975. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Loyola Marymount University in 1974 and a Masters in Catholic School Administration from University of San Francisco in 1981.
A lifetime elementary school teacher and principal, Sr. Patricia taught at St. Bernard, Bellflower, St. Phillip and St. Juliana, Fullerton, and St. Bernard, Eureka. She served as principal at St. George, Ontario and St. Eugene, Santa Rosa. In addition, she offered educational services to St. Anthony school in Manteca and to Corpus Christi (Piedmont). The Oakland Diocese recognized her service with the Mother Seton Award in 2000. A founding member of the CSJ Educational Network, Sr. Patricia never lost her love for the classroom and the ministry of Catholic Education.
After she retired from teaching, Sr. Pat continued to serve on hospital boards, the CSJ Educational Advisory Board and with St. Joseph Center Operations Department.
Sr. Patricia was known to all as a talented artist and musician. She was a creative, dedicated educator, a lover of nature who knew how to coax beauty out of the rich earth. A native of Humboldt County, her spirituality was inspired by her love for God’s magnificent creation. Sr. Patricia’s celebration of life will be on Monday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, followed by lunch and interment at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.
Those who wish to attend the liturgy must wear a mask and have proof of being fully vaccinated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in loving memory of Sr. Patricia Hayhurst to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange ministry fund (440 S. Batavia St., Orange, 92868).
THE WHITE MASS
Christ Cathedral and the Diocese of Orange celebrated the annual White Mass on Oct. 18. The service honored Orange County’s doctors and other healthcare professionals, such as nurses, medical technicians, hospital administrators and emergency personnel.
The White Mass, which the cathedral has hosted the last two years, was sponsored by Providence. Bishop Timothy Freyer was the main celebrant. The Catholic tradition of the White Mass dates to the 1930s with the founding of the Catholic Medical Association. The Mass’ name is derived from the white coats traditionally adorned by medical professionals. It is held on Oct. 18 in conjunction with the Catholic day of celebration of St. Luke, patron saint of physicians.
A public rosary was held at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Los Alamitos on Oct. 15. Over 100 people attended, praying, promoting life, family and religious freedom as well as listening to discussions on Proposition 1 and why we must vote no.
LORD OF MIRACLES CELEBRATION
On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Christ Cathedral campus hosted the annual Lord of Miracles celebration, known as El Señor de los Milagros in Spanish. The Peruvian Catholic tradition started centuries ago in Lima, Peru and today is celebrated worldwide.
At Christ Cathedral, a brotherhood of men in purple robes carried a special altar weighing 1.3 tons, slowly moving in sync around the cathedral in a display of adoration.
Along the route they traveled over a carpet of flower petals that symbolizes Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. The festivities included Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Vann, food, dancing and music.
ANNUAL DUC IN ALTUM SCHOOLS SUMMIT
The Diocese of Orange hosted the eighth annual Duc in Altum Schools Summit from Oct. 19 through Oct. 21 at JSerra Catholic High School and Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano, the latter of which hosted a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Timothy Freyer.
The event provided a retreat-like atmosphere and professional development opportunities, bringing together leaders in Catholic education. The summit is organized by Duc In Altum (DIA) Schools Collaborative, based in San Juan Capistrano.
Next year’s summit is scheduled for Oct. 16-18 in Washington, D.C.
STUDENTS WELCOME ATTENDEES OF THE ANNUAL DUC IN ALTUM SCHOOLS SUMMIT FROM OCT. 19 THROUGH OCT. 21 AT JSERRA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL AND MISSION BASILICA IN SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO. PHOTO BY KIERNAN COLIFLORES/DIOCESE OF ORANGE