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Saint Junipero Serra
Wednesday, 01 July 2020

He was born 24 November 1713, as Miguel José Serra Ferrer, in the village of Petra on the island of Majorca off the Mediterranean coast of Spain.

On September 14, 1730, some two months before his 17th birthday, Serra entered the Franciscan Order at Palma. He was given the religious name of Junípero in honour of Brother Juniper, who had been among the first Franciscans and a companion of Saint Francis of Assisi. In 1737, Serra became a priest, and three years later earned an ecclesiastical license to teach philosophy at the Convento de San Francisco.

Serra was considered intellectually brilliant by his peers. He received a doctorate in theology from the Lullian College in Palma de Majorca. He founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, in what was then Alta California in the Province of Las Californias, New Spain.

He died on 28 August 1784 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988, in the Vatican City. Pope Francis canonised him on September 23, 2015, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during his first visit to US. His missionary efforts earned him the title of Apostle of California

Today's Mass
Mass on Demand – Wednesday 1 July 2020
Sunday Gospel reflection with Father William Grimm
03 July 2020

The world around me may be in turmoil, but I will be in peace and calm, not because I am apart from the world, but because I am sharing God\'s deep love for that world.

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