Statue of St. Junipero Serra stolen

Thieves took the statue from a courtyard at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach

Thieves stole a statue of California missions founder Father Junipero Serra from a Redondo Beach church’s courtyard and a plaque from a treasured Torrance war memorial in recent weeks. The Father Serra statue stood outside St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church on Prospect Avenue. It was discovered missing the morning of Nov. 15, said church liturgist Eve Moir. “They gouged out … [Read more...]

One less space for St. Junipero Serra

City of San Francisco’s art commission unanimously voted to remove the statue on March 5 because it depicts the "degradation and genocide of Native American peoples"

California missionary St. Junipero Serra will be among the figures removed from a prominent location near San Francisco City Hall after the city’s art commission unanimously voted to remove the statue March 5. The bronze statue, titled “Early Days,” shows three figures: a Native American sitting at the feet of English seafarer Francis Drake and of Serra, the eighteenth-century … [Read more...]

They can’t make California history go away

If Stanford activists aim to obliterate St. Junipero Serra’s presence from their campus, they’ve got their work cut out for them

Stanford University is in a bind between political correctness and historical fact. Two dorms; an academic building; a street (Serra Mall) that fronts Stanford’s historic Main Quad and is the university’s official address; and a major road running through the 8,000-acre campus are all named after Junipero Serra, the 18th century Spanish-born Franciscan friar who founded the … [Read more...]

Junipero Serra impasse at Stanford University

Committee formed in 2016 stalls in effort to make recommendations on renaming a street and three campus buildings named after St. Junipero Serra

After repeated delays, a committee assembled by the University in early 2016 to establish principles for renaming campus buildings and landmarks expects to release its conclusions by the end of fall quarter. However, in what the committee chair describes as an effort to move an unexpectedly challenging process along, the group’s mandate has changed. At the request of … [Read more...]

Another statue of St. Junipero Serra vandalized

Statue at Old Santa Barbara Mission decapitated and splashed with red paint, latest in a series of incidents targeting the missionary who brought the faith to the West Coast

A statue of St. Junipero Serra at the Old Santa Barbara Mission in California has been decapitated and splashed with red paint. The bronze statue was vandalized overnight between Sunday and Monday. An 18th century Spanish Franciscan, Serra is remembered in Catholic circles as the missionary who brought the faith to the West Coast of the Americas, having founded nine missions … [Read more...]

Junipero Serra statue vandalized in park across from Mission San Fernando

Monument was spray-painted and the word “murder” written on saint's likeness

Several people stopped by a statue of Father Junipero Serra in a park across from Mission San Fernando on Thursday after a photo made the rounds on social media appearing to show the statue had been vandalized. A picture circulating Facebook showed the statue spray-painted red and the word “murder” written on Serra in white. While city officials would not confirm the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]