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Happy 100th Birthday: Mrs. Joan Pearsall

Photo of Joan Pearsall courtesy of JoesPeople.com

Mrs. Joan Pearsall Celebrated her 100th Birthday on August 8, 2022. 

Below is a post from August 8, 2021. 

Mrs. Joan Pearsall will celebrate her 99th birthday, August 8, 2021.

Mrs. Joan Pearsall is dear to many at Saint Mary Cathedral. Our Latin Mass Community has her to thank for writing a letter to the bishop requesting the Traditional Latin Mass, back in the late 1980’s.

Here is the link to the original response letter Joan received in 1988 from Bishop John McCarthy, authorizing the celebration of the TLM in the Diocese of Austin, Texas.

In 2017 we asked Joan to write the history of How the Latin Mass started in the Austin Diocese. Here is the result, which includes her conversion story: Joan Pearsall’s History of SJLMS.

Joan was interviewed several years ago for a Catholic podcast. Here is a link to the podcast: “1940s WWII British Girl –– The Blitz on London, Swing Dancing and the New World”.

In 2018, generous donors from the St. Joseph Latin Mass Society honored Joan Pearsall by commissioning a new set of green vestments for the priests of Saint Mary Cathedral. Vestments arrived a year later, 2019. 




Fr. Daniel Liu, Rector, Saint Mary Cathedral • July 2019