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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

It would have conveyed a terrible message

Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough commend decision to delay bill to remove Junipero Serra’s statue from capitol

The following comes from a July 2 press release from the website of Assemblyman William P. Brough: SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point), whose districts include Mission San Juan Capistrano that Father Junipero Serra founded, today issued the following statement after the State Assembly delayed consideration of … [Read more...]

Saint Serra will “amaze”; book coming soon

Biography written by theology teacher with a devotion to the mission founder

A new book on Saint Serra is coming soon from Christian Clifford, a theology teacher at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo. According to the book's website, “when [Clifford] was a student, he did not learn about the school's namesake. When he returned as a teacher, the Theology Department had an entire unit devoted to Serra, used as an introduction to the school's charism. … [Read more...]