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The Franciscan Saints: Junipero Serra

Franciscan Missionary (1713–1784) Junipero Serra is celebrated as one of the fathers of California. Born in Majorca, Serra entered the Franciscan order at sixteen. After earning a doctorate in theology, he taught as a professor for many years before volunteering for the missions in New Spain.
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Francis and Junipero: Two Saints, One Vision

The first journey of Padre Junípero Serra when he arrived in the New World was to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near Mexico City. There he offered the success of his missionary efforts to her intercession, for Mary, as Serra knew, is the Church’s inspiring model for the work of missionary discipleship. When she appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego as Our Lady of Guadalupe, she was dressed like his people, spoke his language, and had the face of a mestiza, a woman of mixed race. 
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Saint Junipero Serra: Missionary of California

When Saint Junipero Serra was traveling northward to California, he encountered a group of natives along the way. Serra’s journal account of that meeting reveals his deep commitment and emotions. He says that as twelve “gentiles” (the term used for unbaptized natives) approached, “I praised God, kissed the ground, and gave thanks to Our Lord for granting me the opportunity to be among the gentiles in their land, after longing for this for so many years.”
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