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Journey to the Sun - Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California

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Journey to the Sun

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In the year 1749, at the age of thirty-six, Junípero Serra left his position as a highly regarded priest in Spain for the turbulent and dangerous New World, knowing he would never return. The Spanish Crown and the Catholic Church both sought expansion in Mexico- the former in search of gold, the latter seeking souls-as well as entry into the mysterious land to the north called "California."

Serra's mission: to spread Christianity in this unknown world by building churches wherever possible and by converting the native peoples to the Word of God. Such a journey would require bottomless physical stamina, indomitable psychic strength, and, above all, the deepest faith. Serra, a diminutive man with a stout heart, possessed all of these attributes, as well as an innate humility that allowed him to see the humanity in native people whom the West viewed as savages.

By his death at age seventy-one, Serra had traveled more than 14,000 miles on land and sea through the New World, baptized and confirmed 6,000 Indians, and founded nine of California's twentyone missions The names of these missions ring through the history of California -San Diego, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Clara, and San Francisco- and served as the epicenters of the arrival of Western civilization, where millions more would follow, creating the California we know today. Gregory Orfalea's magisterial biography is a rich epic that cuts new ground in our understanding of the origins of the United States.

 

 

 

 


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Bl. Junipero Serra

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/01


Also known as
    Apostle of California
    Miguel José Serra Ferrer

Memorial
    1 July (United States)
    28 August (elsewhere)

Profile
    Entered the Franciscan University at Palma at age 15, and joined the Order at age 17, taking the name Junipero after the friend of Saint Francis. Ordained in 1737, and taught philosophy and theology at the Lullian University.

    In 1749, Serra was sent to the missionary territories of the west of North America. A mosquito bite he received early in his trip to the New World left one leg swollen; this and his asthma made walking a painful process for the rest of his life. In 1768 he took over missions in the Mexican provinces of Lower and Upper California, missions the Jesuits were forced to abandon by order of King Charles III. A tireless worker, Serra was largely responsible for the foundation and spread of the Church on the West Coast of the United States. Founded twenty-one missions, converted thousands of Native Americans, and trained many of them in European methods of agriculture, cattle husbandry, and crafts. Dedicated religious and missionary, penitent and austere in all areas of his life.

    Blessed Junipero Serra is the namesake of the Serra Club, an international Catholic organization dedicated to the promotion of vocations, and the support of seminarians and religious novices. Many of his letters and other writings have survived, and the diary of his travels to the west was published in the early 20th century.

Born
    24 November 1713 at Petra, Spanish Majorca as Miguel Jose Serra

Died
    28 August 1784 of tuberculosis at Mission San Carlos, California, USA of natural causes
    buried at Carmel, Monterey, California

Venerated
    9 May 1985 by Pope John Paul II

Beatified
    25 September 1988 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized
    pending



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