Her spirit was there and I know she was pleased to have so many friends who will miss her. In addition, the missions provided Amerindians instruction in a wide variety of arts and crafts - ranging from carpentry to making musical instruments. Thank you for this Beautiful Gift. Serra is somewhat unique in being regarded not only as a religious figure, but also as the "Founder of California" - a pioneer of pioneers. Priests and parishioners in Southern California are praying for the safe return of Bishop Moses Chikwe, the auxiliary bishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria, who served for several years in the Diocese of San Diego as a priest before returning to his country. Still the exchange of shots — bullets and arrows — went on. San Diego, CA 92108, (619) 283-7319 Office Happy Birthday !! In the meanwhile, Welcome to the Mission! And finally, I hope these reflections will lead those of us in the Church to a better appreciation of the Church’s mission in the years ahead. And like many young priests of his generation, Father Serra’s mission was inspired and formed by the experience and writings of the Franciscan Sister María de Ágreda. There is actually an icon of Serra that shows him carrying an image of … Raymond Philip God blessed you. Once, he came upon a native grave and found that the bones had been unearthed and scattered, probably by wild animals. He did not idealize or romanticize the people he came to serve. When he embarked on his missionary voyage to the New World in 1749, at the age of 35, he carried only two books with him — the Bible and Sor María’s “The Mystical City of God.”. Bill celebrates Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints, November 2020. Yesterday was his birthday! A year later, Fr. Testimony from indigenous peoples in the New World and investigations by Church authorities only added to the sense of mystery surrounding this mystic missionary whom the natives called the “lady in blue.” These words are both an inspiring summation of Father Serra’s sense of his missionary vocation and a call to the Church today to follow his example: “Let us make good use of time. LEGACY OF SAINT SERRA EXHIBIT Presented in the Sala, circa 1800 Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saint Junípero Serra, a Franciscan missionary born and raised in Mallorca, Spain, was appointed the Father President of the Alta California Mission’s inRead more He can also in some ways be described as a Mexican immigrant, having lived and worked for more than a dozen years in Mexico before coming to California. Bill Springer, Associate Pastor of Mission San Diego. Unfortunately, a lot of the arguments out there resort to old stereotypes that can be traced back to the anti-Spanish and anti-Catholic propaganda of the “black legend.” Even in the best scholarly writing, we can detect strong prejudice against Catholic beliefs and deep skepticism about the Church’s missionary project. In his witness and writings, we see the outlines for a new vision for America’ future — in a time of globalization and cultural encounter. There were only four on our side against more than 20 on theirs. . In one early letter, he makes the point that he is not the first to walk these lands — only the first Christian to trod this soil. Happy Birthday Fr. The Spiritual Discovery of the New World: Junípero Serra’s Mission and America’s Religious Foundations and Future, [Address delivered by Archbishop José Gomez at the “Day of Reflection on Fra Junípero Serra: Apostle of California, Witness to Holiness,” hosted by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Pontifical North American College, May 2, 2015], Blessed Junípero Serra is one of the great figures in the history of the Church’s mission ad gentes — “to the nations.”. After serving as a missionary and teacher in Mexico for two decades, he was appointed the first presidente of the missions that the king of Spain, Carlos III, wanted established in what is now the state of California. Happy birthday Father. Serra's canonization is a recognition of his personal holiness: he was a person of prayer and penance; his entire life was dedicated to preaching the Gospel and calling people to a life of holiness. Concluding the simple account in his diary, he wrote: “May his soul rest in heaven!”. So it is fitting that Junípero Serra will be remembered as a saint of Pope Francis. Sometimes it seems like scholars and activists have made Father Serra a symbol for everything they believe was wrong with the mission era. John Bray suggested naming the club after Father Junipero Serra. His canonization should sound a call for America to return to its deep religious and intercultural roots — as a nation born from the universal mission of the Catholic Church and the encounter of the Gospel with the first nations, cultures and peoples found in this land. But we need to remember — in the beginning, the idea of America was rich with utopian expectation! One way to think about him is that he was a kind of “working class” missionary — a guy who tried to get things done. Our steps should be in conformity with the vocation to which God has called us; let us work out our spiritual salvation with fear and trembling, and with a burning love and zeal seek for the salvation of our brethren and neighbors. In my opinion, Father’s Serra’s famous Representación of 1773 deserves to be studied as a landmark of Catholic social teaching and a primary document in the history of human rights. How is Serra regarded in the United States? Father Serra offers the Church an inspiring missionary spirituality, one that is rooted in the Church’s missionary identity and the missionary identity of every disciple. Rarely mentioned, however, was a fourth aspect: the protests against Serra often replicate the "Black Legend" - a prejudice against the Spanish-speaking world in general and Catholicism in particular; this legend has recurred in various forms since the middle of the 16th century. When he is declared a saint later this year, Father Serra will be the latest in a line of “missionary saints” from the Americas that Pope Francis has elevated during his pontificate. 1940’s Prayer for Vocations added to clubs objective of fellowship and Catholic discussion. It measured 53 yards long (about 147 feet) and eleven yards in Denver Newsroom, Jul 21, 2020 / 05:40 pm MT ().-A proposal to remove St. Junipero Serra from Ventura County’s official seal is unwarranted, and elected officials need to know Serra… So we need a new conversation. A certain Walt Disney effect, pointing out ridiculously to the Pacific Ocean, This huge cartoonish statue of the Franciscan friar Junípero Serra, erected along a stretch of Interstate 280 (also known as the Junípero Serra Freeway), rises out of the landscape and is unmissable. There is a black and white portrait of Father Serra. Junipero Serra - "Father of the Missions" Writing Sheet. It is clear that Pope Francis — the first Pope from the New World — understands the Christian “roots” of the Americas and the continent’s importance for the Church’s mission in the 21st century. It was lovely just like she was. My friends, this is the only way to truly understand Father Serra — and it’s the only way to truly understand the first missionaries to the Americas. Serra was born to a poor Spanish family in 1713. Junípero Serra: Historical Summary and Biographical Outline Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Programs in CUA's School of Theology and Religious Studies, provides history and insight into this new saint. 3. A dozen other missions were subsequently established in California by his successors. What is the significance of Serra's canonization? Father Elewaut dutifully made the required changes and sent a new application to Rome. Please pray for this bishop, some may know him from his time at St. Joseph Cathedral. But at the heart of everything Father Serra tried to accomplish every day was his conviction that the indigenous peoples of the New World were children of God, created in his image and endowed with God-given rights that must be promoted and defended. Father Serra was born into this era of missionary excitement and expectation in the early 1700s. Nevertheless, Father Serra pleaded with colonial authorities to show mercy on the killers. In addition, many locations in California - such as schools and streets - bear his name. Hnat, also a parishioner of Southwest’s St. Dominic Church says the significance of the nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture isn’t lost on her. For example, California selected Serra as one of two persons to be honored by the state with a statue in the U.S. Capitol. What did the missions look like? Founder of the Knights of Columbus will be beatified Friday, October 30. His father sent him off to a Franciscan school where Serra received high grades, convincing him to join the Franciscan order. Rev. The rich symbolism of his canonization matches a time of deep uncertainty and social change in the United States. Father Serra seemed to understand the rage that drove native violence and resistance to the missions. God bless you Linda Grosso! Happy birthday Father. His own desire, he said, was “to stir up the world to undertake the spiritual conquest of this New World, and give to God, before very long, thousands of souls.”, 4. Yesterday was his birthday! Junipero Serra Statue: Visit to Junipero Serra Statue - See 26 traveler reviews, 6 candid photos, and great deals for San Mateo, CA, at Tripadvisor. In contrast, the Franciscan friars at the missions considered the Amerindians "children" who sometimes needed to be disciplined; the policy of "spare the rod, spoil the child" continued in the U.S. down to the 20th century. All of his writings reflect genuine respect for the indigenous people and their ways. Community Discussion on the Father Serra Statues July 7, 2020 Page 2 3of There are two Father Serra statues on display in and around City Hall. White notes that “Fr. www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-12/pope-francis-proclaims-year-of-st-joseph.html ... Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph” - Vatican News. The first is a Bronze Statue located across the street from the front entrance to City November 3rd, 2020 Both the Franciscans and the Amerindians who lived at the missions were aware of the frequency of deaths. Founder of the Knights of Columbus will be beatified Friday, October 30. Third, I think Father Serra shows us “a way” for the Church — and especially for the Church in America. Raymond Philip Napuli. It was founded on July 16, 1769 by Father Junipero Serra. The church My friends, in my own study and reflection, I have come to the conclusion that Father Serra should be remembered as one of the great pioneers of human rights in the Americas. Happy Birthday! Please watch to get the latest information. This is the Christian he was. Enjoyed listening to your violin presentation yesterday...absolutely beautiful. In his letters, he writes of their “gentleness and peaceful dispositions,” he records their acts of kindness and generosity toward him. His writing and thinking are practical, administrative. Father Serra patiently gathered up the bones and gave them a solemn respectful burial. Beautiful greeting. We still have to work out that vision, but I believe Father Serra would have us working to build an America that promotes the encounter of cultures and seeks to protect the sanctity and dignity of the human person. Peter M. Escalante is the celebrant and homilist. Pope Francis announces that he plans to canonize Father Junipero Serra when he travels to the U.S. in September. I believe it is a prophetic response to the signs of the times. Objective expanded to include religious. Look forward to meeting you in person soon. Serra moved the Mission to Carmel. Stories of the Franciscan missions and New World missionaries like St. Francis Solanus and Venerable Antonio Margil were the “stuff” of popular books and preaching. We are so glad you are at our Parish. Not Serra himself and not the intent of the Mission Era.” Elewaut is the 30th successor of St. Junípero Serra at the San Buenaventura mission. youtu.be/Z8f1jz55tZo. Sor María held up the missionary as the highest form of discipleship. Many more blessed years. Thank you for sharing your talents. Father Junípero Serra, often called the "Apostle of California," was born in Petra on the island of Mallorca (off the east coast of Spain) in 1713. Simultaneously, Serra's canonization is a recognition of the centuries-long contribution of Hispanics to the Catholic faith in the United States - a contribution that is symbolized in the names of many cities in California: San José, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc. Sending continued love, prayers & healing thoughts to Ernie & her family , Such a wonderful person so spiritual always enjoyed my visit with Linda praying for you dr grooso. It then became Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Rio Carmelo. Pope Francis kisses a first-class relic of Blessed Junípero Serra, a gift from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, presented by Archbishop José H. Gomez. When Pope Francis canonized Serra … Junípero Serra was a Roman Catholic Spanish priest and friar of the Franciscan Order who founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco. Vincenzo Criscuolo, O.F.M. During the attack, warriors killed several people. God Bless Our Parish. The boy would live there until age 15 with his parents and sister Juana. Peter has added some updated information about the Mass schedule and a time change of Confessions. Raymond., First, the Father Serra of history that we have been talking about is far different than the Father Serra we often read about in the newspapers and even in the pages of the historians. (and the reasons why...) Serra certainly dedicated his entire life to doing that; his motto was: siempre adelante - "Keep moving forward!" And at the heart of the Representación is a radical call for justice for the indigenous peoples living in the missions. It is a legislative memorandum. Again, this document contains no beautiful poetry or rhetoric. Fr. He was a man of mercy — not only in his words but also in his actions. Columbus said the Holy Spirit guided his voyages, making him a “messenger of the new heaven and the new earth.” Shakespeare called this “the brave new world.”. Though she had never left her little village in Spain, Sor María claimed that in the 1620s she was transported in the Spirit more than 500 times to evangelize the native peoples in New Mexico, Arizona and West Texas. Calling for a Nat'l Day of Prayer & Fasting... It was the first mission in the chain of 21 that were founded in Alta or Upper California. - certainly provides ample encouragement for the "new evangelization" needed in the 21st century. . It is clear that Pope Francis — the first pope from the New World — understands the Christian “roots” of the Americas and the continent’s importance for the Church’s mission in the 21st century. Post of thanks from our new Associate Pastor Fr. Why did many Amerindians die at the missions? A year later, on December 24, 1771, Father Junipero Serra decided to relocate the Mission close to the banks of the Carmel River. His apostolic work was undertaken not only at great personal sacrifice, but with considerable suffering: he not only walked from mission to mission, but walking was also painful for him: shortly after arriving in Mexico, his left leg was infected by an insect bite that never healed and caused him to limp the rest of his life. Happy Birthday to you FA. Happy birthday Fr Raymond Philip . Amen 14 posted on 07/01/2009 2:13:36 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.) We thank you and realize how blessed we are to have you as our shepherds. He said: “Let the murderer live so he can be saved, which is the purpose of our coming here and the reason for forgiving him.”. Peter and Fr. I also think reflecting on his mission helps us to understand what America was meant to be “in the beginning” — and what America still could be in the future. For all his words about their gentleness and kindness, his writings also document many menacing encounters with the native peoples. On June 30, the vigil of St. Junípero’s feast day, the mission’s pastor received the news he’d spent years praying to the saint for. But in order for his canonization to bear spiritual fruits in America, I believe we need to start a new conversation about Father Serra and the missionary era. And so we look upon him as a father looks upon his children.”. Blessings, Padre! His canonization should also embolden the Church with new zeal to continue her mission in our time — the continental mission of the new evangelization, creating a new world of faith and building a new city of truth and love, mercy and justice. (619) 281-8449 Visitor Center & Gift Shop. Ramon Llull, a third order Franciscan, had started a missionary college that sent missionaries to the Holy Land, Africa, the Canary Islands and elsewhere. Santa Barbara’s Mission was founded on … Mass at Mission San Diego for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today that beautiful Mission is There is so much more to say! at the end of seven years the church was finished. Noun 1. Mass at the Mission for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. And I think I know why. Thanks so much, we are truly blessed ❤️. Junipero Serra synonyms, Junipero Serra pronunciation, Junipero Serra translation, English dictionary definition of Junipero Serra. Significance: He helped us win the Revolution and establish a government afterward, improved and/or saved the lives of many people, and was one of the most … Junipero Serra is called the ‘Father of California'” and his statue is one of only two that stand in the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol representing the state. This canonization also comes at a time when American society and culture are being aggressively secularized and “de-Christianized.” This process — being carried out by governing and cultural elites — raises grave questions about America’s national identity and its historic commitment to freedom of conscience, religious liberty and to a civil society that respects the rights of believers and religious institutions to help shape the common good. For the Church, these lands — from the top of what is now Canada to the tip of what is now Argentina — were the Mundus Novus. Cap. The celebrant and homilist is Fr. In our secular, “post-Christian” age, it is perhaps an inconvenient truth to remember that — from the beginning, America was a spiritual project. Mass at Mission San Diego for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In a letter to the Holy Father dated December 12, 2014, the Minister General of … As a teenager, Serra entered the Franciscans in 1730 and after his ordination to the priesthood in 1737, he served as a professor at the Llullian University in Palma de Mallorca for a dozen years. Who was Junípero Serra? In addition to the general lack of medical knowledge and treatment in the 18th century, Amerindians had no immunity to many common European diseases such as measles, influenza, and small pox. Terrific to use as part of Select Organization: "Pastor of Mission San Diego de Alcala Catholic Parish in San Diego" and Amazon Smile will donate a percentage of your purchase total to the Mission San Diego de Alcala. When an Amerindian contacted one of these diseases, it quickly spread - often with fatal results similar to the recent Ebola epidemic in Africa. PROJ-14599 HPC/07/01/2020 Page 1 of 2 ` PROJECT DESCRIPTION Discussion of the landmark status of the 1989 Father Serra Statue located in front of City This item is informational, to clarify the public record that In this, again, we see that Father Serra was far from a “man of his times.” For even though the popes had long before condemned slavery and the slave trade, the world of “his times” still considered the native peoples, along with African Americans, to be less than fully human. ... Beautiful service & Linda was a beautiful woman & a friend to so many! This is the man he was! Thank you for the example you give us in how to Love GOD., blessings always. By age 24, he was officially Father Junipero Serra. One final point on this. As we know, Hispanic immigration — and especially immigration from Mexico — is changing the face of the Church and the broader society in the United States. Miss all of our Mission friends. Her letter had such an influence on Father Serra, that his missionary companion, Father Palou, included it as an appendix to his biography of Serra. Washington, DC 20064 Contact Us, © 1887-2021 The Catholic University of America. Llull stressed respect for human dignity and freedom of conscience. Glad I could be there to celebrate such a wonderful faithful servant of God. Father Serra’s belief in the missionary’s noble vocation helps us to understand that every Christian is meant to be a missionary disciple — called to play a role in what Father Serra called “the spiritual conquest of this New World.”. The Serra Family Home On one of these streets lies the family home, which Junípero’s father acquired when the future friar was six years old. He even observes the beauty of their singing voices. He needs our prayers for a safe return.www.catholicnewsagency.com/amp/news/southern-california-catholics-pray-for-kidnapped-bishop-moses... ... 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