August 24, 1945 – September 20, 2016
Sr. Pat Moons, (71) a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA.
Born Patricia Ann Moons on August 24, 1945 in Patterson, NJ she was the daughter of Joseph F. Moons and Mary E. (Tracey) Moons. She entered religious life in Putnam on September of 1963 and made her religious profession on May 30, 1966. She was then know as Sr. Joseph Damien.
She held a B.A. in Education with a major in science from the Diocesan Sisters’ College in Woodstock, CT and filled several teaching positions from 1966 at Putnam Catholic Academy and at St. Bernard’s High School in New London, CT where she taught biology, Physiology and chemistry. In 1973 she was assigned to California where she taught at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield and in 1977 at St. Mary High School in Stockton. From 1983-85 she was a Campus Minister at St. Paul of the Shipwreck in San Francisco and in 1985, she did Youth Ministry in Corvallis, OR followed by the same position in Dublin CA and in Hanford, CA.
In August of 2002 she pursued graduate studies at the University of Santa Clara and graduated from there with an M.A. in Pastoral Liturgy in June of 2004. At this time she also served as West Coast Formation Director for the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and in 2005 she was Newman Chaplain for the University of California. In July of 2008 she was named Provincial Councilor serving a mandate of 6 years. In 2009, in addition to her position of Provincial Councilor she also did RCIA at St. Brigit parish in Millbury, MA and in August of 2014 she moved back to California where she served as Liturgical Coordinator at St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Beaumont.
She is survived by her spiritual family—her sisters in community as well as 4 siblings—Mary Gill, Theresa Moons and Susan Moore all of San Diego and a brother, Peter Moons of Woodbridge, VA.
There was a Memorial Mass for Sr. Pat at St. Kateri Tekakwitha in California on Monday, September 26 and there will be a Mass of Christian Burial in Putnam on Friday, September 30 at 11 A.M. at the Holy Spirit Provincial House chapel 72 Church St., Putnam. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to DHS Retirement Fund at Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church Street, Putnam, CT 06260. Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church Street, Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.