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Sula is a very unusual cat. She is the parish cat for Old Mission San Juan Bautista and a survivor of six bouts of three kinds of cancer. The parish loves her and makes sure she is well taken care of. So does her oncologist, Dr. Theresa Arteaga of the Animal Cancer Center of Monterey, who has provided her much free care and kindness. At the Mission she has a home at the Mission Gift Shop (and, now that she is semi-retired, with her godparents, parishioners from Hollister).

National Attention
Sula’s miraculous understanding of who needs comfort and joy — and uncannily offering it to them at just the right time during and after Masses (and while visitors are touring with docents), has garnered her some national attention. Her story appeared as the lead article in Guideposts Magazine in December 2015 and was repeated as the lead article in All God’s Creatures in November-December 2017.

Sula’s Books
Sula has written 6 books, with the help of some of the parishioners at Old Mission SJB. The first book, which has garnered some fame, including totally selling out during the first hour of a Barnes & Noble book launch event, is called Surviving Cancer, Helping People: One Cat’s Story. It is recommended by US Review of Books and was selected as a Reviewers’ Choice book for MidWest Book Review, in which the reviewer “highly recommended” the book.

Since then, Sula has produced a book for children who visit her mission home, Tale of a Mission Cat. She has also written books for Christmas (Christmas at the Mission), Easter (Easter at the Mission), and Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). And a special book about saints (Saints I know) to help teens in catechism classes with insights in selecting their confirmation name.

And, even while still fighting cancer, she is not stopping. Two books are due out this year, Sula and the Franciscan Sisters and Praying with Sula.

Sula’s books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, many other retailers, and MSI Press LLC webstore (where you can get a 25% discount with the code FF25 and also often find even greater discounts).

Getting Acquainted with Sula
Meet Sula on Video:
The Sula Diaries: Chronicle of a Mission Cat (Youtube)
See all 37 of Sula’s videos (Face Book)

Publications by and about Sula
Read articles about Sula:

  • The San Francisco Post
  • Hollister Freelance – Lifestyles: “A Cat’s Mission”
  • Gilroy Dispatch “Sula the Cat is on a Mission in San Juan”
  • Benito Link “Cat’s Story is a Tale of Hope”
  • The Morgan Hill Times: “Sula the Cat is on a Mission in San Juan
  • Guideposts Magazine and All God’s Creatures Magazine (mentioned above):”The Inspiring Story of Sula the Cat”

Interview with Mudpie
See posts about Sula on the MSI Press blog.

Contact Sula on FaceBook.