8th Graders Present Mural as their class gift

By Tony Manrique     7/31/2019

St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Costa Mesa is the recipient of a 44- by 10-foot mural, commissioned and presented by the just-graduated 8th grade class of 2019, as their gift to the school.   

Artists Lindsey Morales and Jody Williams painted the mural on the wall of the campus Makerspace Building.   

St. John’s pastor, Father Augustine Puchner, O.Praem. said of the mural: “Our entire parish extends warm thanks and deep appreciation to our SJB School’s 8th-grade graduating class for their beautiful gift. The mural is already being enjoyed by our summer S.T.R.E.A.M academy students and teachers, and will be a favorite area on our campus for many years.”   

St. John the Baptist Catholic School is a TK through 8th-grade school with 450 students. In the 2019/2020 academic year the school will celebrate its 60th anniversary. In 2002 the Norbertine Fathers from St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado began to administer the parish, which is a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. The Norbertine Order, founded in 1121 by St. Norbert of Xanten, has been educating youth for nearly nine centuries.  

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