Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino

New handbook offers guidance to pilgrims traveling to any of California's 21 missions, from Mission San Diego de Alcalá in the south, to Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonora in the north

El Camino Real — variously translated as “The Royal Road” and “The King’s Highway” or “The Way of the King” — are words found on small signs seen along the Hollywood Freeway (101), especially as one heads north. The signs appear on metal shafts on the side of the road, made to resemble shepherds’ staves, with a bell hanging within each crook. These signposts mark a pilgrim’s … [Read more...]

Rewriting history

Resolution to rename buildings named after Father Junipero Serra gains support, faces backlash at Stanford

The following comes from a March 4 Stanford Daily article by Sarah Wishingrad: In early February, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate passed a resolution requesting that the University rename all places on campus that bear the name of Junípero Serra, a Catholic missionary who colonized California for Spain in the 18th century and created the California mission system. Both the … [Read more...]

Students try to rid USD of Catholic identity… even further

University responds to LBGT demands

The following comes from a January 7 Cardinal Newman Society Catholic Education Daily article by Adam Cassandra: Responding to a list of “demands” by student groups focused on racial and LGBTQ issues, a University of San Diego (USD) official told The Cardinal Newman Society there are items on the list “that are inconsistent with our Catholic identity,” and that such … [Read more...]

Students demand Catholic university denounce Saint Junípero Serra as mass murderer

They also call on the University of San Diego to replace its mascot, Diego Torero, with a ‘non-human’ one

The following comes from a December 23 College Fix article by Nathan Rubbelke: A coalition of students at the University of San Diego have demanded that administrators denounce Saint Junípero Serra as a mass murderer with a “colonialist legacy.” They also want the Catholic saint’s name stripped from a campus building at the private, Catholic university. The demand, one of … [Read more...]

Ventura candlelight procession honors canonization of Saint Junipero Serra

Archbishop Gomez gave the homily at Mass attended by 300

The following comes from a November 21 Ventura County Star article by Megan Diskin: The 300 or so people attending a special Mass on Saturday night were led to embrace a time of healing and love at Mission San Buenaventura as they celebrated the recent canonization of Junípero Serra. Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, head of the nation's largest Catholic archdiocese, … [Read more...]

Shock after Junipero Serra statue vandalized days after sainthood declared

Vandals targeted headstones of people of European descent

The following comes from a September 28 LA Times article by Kate Linthicum: Days after Pope Francis elevated Father Junipero Serra to sainthood, vandals struck the Carmel Mission where the remains of the controversial missionary are buried, toppling statues and damaging gravesites. The vandals, who police say acted sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, splashed … [Read more...]

Why Junipero Serra fought the execution of a California native

Catholic missionary was the first person in America against the death penalty

The following comes from an August 6 Catholic News Agency article: Blessed Junipero Serra’s love for the natives of California extended even to those who killed one of his friends and fellow missionaries, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said in a summary of an early argument against the death penalty for a native Californian. “In his appeals, he said some truly … [Read more...]

Monterey city council will see about that “church- state situation,” may send letter to pope

Opposing councilman: Who are are we to tell the pope who he should consider for his decision?

The following comes from a May 27 KSBW news story by Caitlin Conrad: At least one Monterey City Council member wants to send the pope a letter urging him not to declare Father Junipero Serra a saint. "I would like to propose that we send a letter to the pope and question his plan to make father Sierra (sic) a saint," councilwoman Libby Downey said. Downey brought up her … [Read more...]