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2016 Orange County Awards Dinner

May 7, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

NOTE: This event date has passed. To make a donation to SOAR! for the dinner please visit the online donation form.

SOAR! held its 2016 Orange County Awards Dinner benefiting aging religious on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

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About the Honorees

Elizabeth Ann Seton honoree: Trudy Mazzarella

Director of Tour Ministry, Christ Cathedral
President Emeritus, Rosary Academy

Trudy MazzarellaTrudy Mazzarella grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she met her late husband Richard, and graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana with a degree in education.

After moving to California, Trudy began teaching religion at Marywood High School in Orange in 1975.

When Marywood closed in 1980, she joined the faculty at Rosary High School (now Rosary Academy) in Fullerton, California, and held a variety of positions there — first religion teacher, then academic counselor, then assistant principal, then principal in 1992 and later president in 2004. She retired in 2011 after 31 years of service.

While teaching and raising her five sons, Trudy graduated from University of San Diego with a master’s in religious education.

In 2012, Trudy was invited to initiate the tour ministry program at Christ Cathedral, where she presently serves.

Trudy has served on a variety of boards and committees for the Diocese of Orange as well as on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Visitation Committee. She currently serves on the Diocese of Orange Construction Advisory Committee.

She has received the St. Mother Theodore Guerin Award from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College; the Gold Leaf Award from the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Alumnae Association; the Exemplar in Education Award from the University of Notre Dame; the California Administrator’s Award from the International Thespian Society; and is a past nominee for the Catholic Charities Woman of the Year.

The “Trudy Mazzarella Scholarship Fund” was named in her honor, which provides scholarships to Rosary students with financial need.


Elizabeth Ann Seton honoree: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

Sisters of St. Joseph of OrangeThe Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange were established in 1912 by Mother Bernard Gosselin, when she and eight Sisters left Illinois to establish a school in Eureka, California. As the congregation grew, the Sisters were better able to address more of the needs of the area, and in 1920, the Sisters opened St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.

By 1922, the Sisters were teaching in several Southern California areas and recognized that the community could better develop its ministries by moving the Motherhouse to Orange.

Today, the congregation’s commitment to education is expressed in a variety of forms including elementary, secondary, university and other adult education. The commitment to extend the healing mission of Christ is expressed through acute care hospitals, rehabilitation programs, home health care, community education, primary care clinics, and wellness programs. The works of the congregation have expanded, however, beyond education and health care to also include such things as helping new immigrants, feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless, and fostering spiritual development.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange is among the youngest of the American congregations and traces its roots through the St. Joseph congregations of La Grange, Illinois; Concordia, Kansas; Rochester, New York; and Carondelet, Missouri.

The mission of all Sisters of St. Joseph is a participation in the mission of Jesus: to bring all people into union with God and with one another, serving them according to their needs and their own various gifts, in all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy that may be within the power of the congregation.


May 7, 2016
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Christ Cathedral Cultural Center
13280 Chapman Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92840 United States
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