Head reattached to St. Serra statue in Monterey’s Lower Presidio Park

Statue was vandalized more than a year ago, police say they will coordinate a security plan to keep it from happening again

The head of the St. Junipero Serra statue in the Lower Presidio Historic Park in Monterey has been reattached to the rest of its form after being vandalized more than a year ago. City officials and police say they will coordinate a security plan to keep it from happening again. “The consideration now is the physical security of the site itself,” said Jim Laughlin, a Presidio … [Read more...]

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Return of the Swallows

This year's Mission San Juan Capistrano event will feature 'flyover' honoring veterans

The following comes from a March 15 OC Catholic article: Mission San Juan Capistrano is planning new activities during St. Joseph’s Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration on Saturday, March 19. A flyover by the Condor Squadron, as a tribute to America’s veterans, and a World War II- era concert by the Swing Cats Big Band are highlights of the annual … [Read more...]

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Vandals deface Santa Cruz Mission

This marks the fourth attack on a California mission since Junipero Serra's canonization

The following comes from a November 3 Breitbart article by William Bigelow: Salinas, CA - On Monday morning, red paint was found splattered on the door of the Santa Cruz Mission, with graffiti accusing Father Junipero Serra of genocide painted on the walls. One young student at the school at the mission, Eli Moody, 8, told KSBW, “When we got to school everyone was talking … [Read more...]

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On a new Saint and negative press

The canonization of Fr. Junipero Serra should have been a cause for great rejoicing for all Catholics and for the people of California, and, well, for everybody else. But it wasn't.

The following comes from an October 29 Catholic World Report article by Dale Ahlquist:   For most of the last two hundred plus years, newly canonized Father Junipero Serra had a good reputation among Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Considered “The Man Who Founded California”, the state honored him with a statue in the U.S. Capitol. He founded the first nine of … [Read more...]

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San Juan Capistrano City Council says no to Junipero Serra’s motto

“Always forward, never back” will not be inscribed on chamber walls

The following comes from an October 21 Orange County Register article by Erin Donnelly: SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – San Juan Capistrano’s City Council voted Tuesday not to install St. Junipero Serra’s motto onto the council chamber walls. The vote was 3-2 against, with Council members Kerry Ferguson and John Perry in support. Serra’s motto is "Siempre Adelante, Nunca Atras," a … [Read more...]

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Let the Indian in

California mission exhibits and school projects will be reviewed

The following comes from a Sept. 4 story in the Sacramento Bee. Bishop Jaime Soto, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento and the California Catholic Conference, announced Friday a plan to explore how American Indian experiences at California missions during the era of Father Junipero Serra are portrayed and how they are taught in Catholic schools. The effort, … [Read more...]

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You don’t have to pray to Junipero Serra

Serra: Saint, Sinner forum draws heat from both sides

The following comes from an August 10 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich:   What began as a presentation on the canonization of Junipero Serra, founding father of the California mission system, was met by protesters who were invited to the table and ended leaving the leader of the religious community that sponsored it "profoundly grateful and profoundly … [Read more...]

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