Happy birthday Fr Raymond Philip . A year later, on December 24, 1771, Father Junipero Serra decided to relocate the Mission close to the banks of the Carmel River. Happy Birthday to you FA. We were so fortunate to be able to have a funeral mass for her. His own desire, he said, was “to stir up the world to undertake the spiritual conquest of this New World, and give to God, before very long, thousands of souls.”, 4. For the Church, these lands — from the top of what is now Canada to the tip of what is now Argentina — were the Mundus Novus. Santa Barbaraâs Mission was founded on â¦ So as his canonization gets closer, we should try to learn more about him. He seemed to know that he was a pilgrim and a stranger in this land, a migrant missionary. Nevertheless, Father Serra pleaded with colonial authorities to show mercy on the killers. Beautiful Christmas gift. Solemnity of All Saints Nov 2020 Mass at Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Serra's canonization is a recognition of his personal holiness: he was a person of prayer and penance; his entire life was dedicated to preaching the Gospel and calling people to a life of holiness. In the 1700s, Spain had control of what is now Mexico and wanted to occupy what is now California so that the Russians wouldn't take the land. Merry Christmas! Let's all join together.. at the end of seven years the church was finished. When he is declared a saint later this year, Father Serra will be the latest in a line of “missionary saints” from the Americas that Pope Francis has elevated during his pontificate. Thank you for the example you give us in how to Love GOD., blessings always. . All of his writings reflect genuine respect for the indigenous people and their ways. Peter M. Escalante is the celebrant and homilist. This canonization also comes at a time when American society and culture are being aggressively secularized and “de-Christianized.” This process — being carried out by governing and cultural elites — raises grave questions about America’s national identity and its historic commitment to freedom of conscience, religious liberty and to a civil society that respects the rights of believers and religious institutions to help shape the common good. Father Serraâs Missionary Vocation and the âSpiritual Projectâ of America I want to begin by placing Father Serra in his historical context. Finally, the third way in which Blessed Junípero mediates the Churchâs tradition to us is especially important for us in the New World: Serra is a bearer of the grace of Guadalupe. Father Serra’s belief in the missionary’s noble vocation helps us to understand that every Christian is meant to be a missionary disciple — called to play a role in what Father Serra called “the spiritual conquest of this New World.”. It was lovely just like she was. Why did many Amerindians die at the missions? Serra was instrumental in founding the first mission at San Diego and eight other missions before his death in 1784. He was a man of mercy — not only in his words but also in his actions. Father Serra’s canonization in the nation’s capital will bring graces and blessings. Hope to soon. http://www.angelusnews.com/voices/archbishop-gomez/the-spiritual-discovery-of-the-new-world-7874/#.VVJMR_lViko, www.channelstv.com/2021/01/01/breaking-kidnapped-catholic-bishop-rescued-in-imo/. His birthplace of Mallorca was a leading Franciscan missionary center. Of course, he survived one attack in which his assistant was shot through the head with an arrow and died in his arms as he gave him the last rites of the Church, Writing about that later, Father Serra said: It's also a delightful honor to be with Fr. Will pray for her. The Serra Family Home On one of these streets lies the family home, which Juníperoâs father acquired when the future friar was six years old. Mass at the Mission for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time.youtu.be/jguNXLUm5kg ... Post of thanks from our new Associate Pastor Fr. Rev. Father Serra was born into this era of missionary excitement and expectation in the early 1700s. And I think I know why. © 2021 Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá. Sor María held up the missionary as the highest form of discipleship. Raymond Philip Napuli. In his witness and writings, we see the outlines for a new vision for America’ future — in a time of globalization and cultural encounter. We still have to work out that vision, but I believe Father Serra would have us working to build an America that promotes the encounter of cultures and seeks to protect the sanctity and dignity of the human person. In this, again, we see that Father Serra was far from a “man of his times.” For even though the popes had long before condemned slavery and the slave trade, the world of “his times” still considered the native peoples, along with African Americans, to be less than fully human. As we know, the pope’s announcement has opened old wounds and revived bitter memories about the treatment of Native Americans during the colonial and missionary period of America’s history. Stories of the Franciscan missions and New World missionaries like St. Francis Solanus and Venerable Antonio Margil were the “stuff” of popular books and preaching. In a letter to the Holy Father dated December 12, 2014, the Minister General of â¦ As a teenager, Serra entered the Franciscans in 1730 and after his ordination to the priesthood in 1737, he served as a professor at the Llullian University in Palma de Mallorca for a dozen years. As we can see, Father Serra’s witness is reflected in some of the key themes of Pope Francis’ pontificate — especially the themes of mercy and missionary discipleship. Not Serra himself and not the intent of the Mission Era.â Elewaut is the 30th successor of St. Junipero Serra at the San Buenaventura mission. One final point on this. Junípero Serra was a Roman Catholic Spanish priest and friar of the Franciscan Order who founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco. Though not an assuming figure and plagued by ill health much of his adult life, he brought Christianity and Spanish culture to California. His canonization should sound a call for America to return to its deep religious and intercultural roots — as a nation born from the universal mission of the Catholic Church and the encounter of the Gospel with the first nations, cultures and peoples found in this land. He needs our prayers for a safe return. Happy Birthday !! In these reflections, I think we will start to see a different picture of Father Serra than the one that is often portrayed. Thank you for sharing your talents. A mission, San Fernando de Velicata, was founded in Baja or Lower California as part of the expedition to establish the Alta California missions. Beautiful greeting. But we need to remember — in the beginning, the idea of America was rich with utopian expectation! White notes that âFr. please share In our secular, “post-Christian” age, it is perhaps an inconvenient truth to remember that — from the beginning, America was a spiritual project. Concluding the simple account in his diary, he wrote: “May his soul rest in heaven!”. And at the heart of the Representación is a radical call for justice for the indigenous peoples living in the missions. Using a missionary strategy that had been developed in Mexico, Serra envisioned the missions as centers of evangelization for the Amerindian population of California. Leaving behind his comfortable life as a theologian and preacher, he told his parents in his farewell letter: “The dignity of the Apostolic Preacher … is the highest vocation.” He was far ahead of his times. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us all!! Father Serra’s Love for His Spiritual Children. A certain Walt Disney effect, pointing out ridiculously to the Pacific Ocean, This huge cartoonish statue of the Franciscan friar Junípero Serra, erected along a stretch of Interstate 280 (also known as the Junípero Serra Freeway), rises out of the landscape and is unmissable. Will Stanford Universityâs recent decision to strip the name of Father Junipero Serra from a prominent campus avenue and two buildings ripple into San Diego? First, the Father Serra of history that we have been talking about is far different than the Father Serra we often read about in the newspapers and even in the pages of the historians. Junípero Serra Serra played a decisive role in the European settlement of the New World. Rarely mentioned, however, was a fourth aspect: the protests against Serra often replicate the "Black Legend" - a prejudice against the Spanish-speaking world in general and Catholicism in particular; this legend has recurred in various forms since the middle of the 16th century. Post of thanks from our new Associate Pastor Fr. Testimony from indigenous peoples in the New World and investigations by Church authorities only added to the sense of mystery surrounding this mystic missionary whom the natives called the “lady in blue.” Love and prayers to her family. For example, California selected Serra as one of two persons to be honored by the state with a statue in the U.S. Capitol. Ramon Llull, a third order Franciscan, had started a missionary college that sent missionaries to the Holy Land, Africa, the Canary Islands and elsewhere. When an Amerindian contacted one of these diseases, it quickly spread - often with fatal results similar to the recent Ebola epidemic in Africa. John T. Ford, C.S.C., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Programs in CUA's School of Theology and Religious Studies, provides history and insight into this new saint. Washington, DC 20064 Contact Us, Â© 1887-2021 The Catholic University of America. Prayers for the family. The house My friends, in my own study and reflection, I have come to the conclusion that Father Serra should be remembered as one of the great pioneers of human rights in the Americas. Please send our condolences to Deacon Ernie. The celebrant and homilist is Fr. I want to begin by placing Father Serra in his historical context. (and the reasons why...) His writing and thinking are practical, administrative. It then became Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Rio Carmelo. For all his words about their gentleness and kindness, his writings also document many menacing encounters with the native peoples. Sending continued love, prayers & healing thoughts to Ernie & her family , Such a wonderful person so spiritual always enjoyed my visit with Linda praying for you dr grooso. It was founded on July 16, 1769 by Father Junipero Serra. In addition to the general lack of medical knowledge and treatment in the 18th century, Amerindians had no immunity to many common European diseases such as measles, influenza, and small pox. Were the "Mission Indians" really "Mission slaves"? My friends, this is the only way to truly understand Father Serra — and it’s the only way to truly understand the first missionaries to the Americas. In Father Serra’s writings we find him returning again and again to this noble ideal of the missionary. Mass at Mission San Diego for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. And that is the Church’s mission in our day — to proclaim God’s love and mercy for every person and to protect the vulnerable and the weak. I also think reflecting on his mission helps us to understand what America was meant to be “in the beginning” — and what America still could be in the future. Many more blessed years. Glad I could be there to celebrate such a wonderful faithful servant of God. Blessings, Padre! Simultaneously, Serra's canonization is a recognition of the centuries-long contribution of Hispanics to the Catholic faith in the United States - a contribution that is symbolized in the names of many cities in California: San JosÃ©, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc. So it is significant that Blessed Junípero will be America’s first Hispanic saint. Her “bilocations” were widely reported. Serra was born to a poor Spanish family in 1713. Happy birthday father & welcome to San Diego! Serra and the Grace of Guadalupe. For example, bows and arrows were simply no match for swords and guns; such domination would have occurred regardless of the group - British, Russian, or American - that came to California. Father Serra came to this New World with a burning love for the land and its people. He will be the first American saint to be canonized on American soil. He needs our prayers for a safe return.www.catholicnewsagency.com/amp/news/southern-california-catholics-pray-for-kidnapped-bishop-moses... ... Southern California Catholics pray for kidnapped Nigerian Bishop with strong ties to the area. 3. The Spiritual Discovery of the New World: Junípero Serra’s Mission and America’s Religious Foundations and Future, [Address delivered by Archbishop José Gomez at the “Day of Reflection on Fra Junípero Serra: Apostle of California, Witness to Holiness,” hosted by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Pontifical North American College, May 2, 2015], Blessed Junípero Serra is one of the great figures in the history of the Church’s mission ad gentes — “to the nations.”. There is a black and white portrait of Father Serra. And there I was with the dead man, thinking most probably I would soon have to follow him, but at the same time praying to God that the victory would be for our Catholic faith without losing a single soul.”. - certainly provides ample encouragement for the "new evangelization" needed in the 21st century. In contrast, with the "Gold Rush" in the mid-19th century, many of the "Forty-Niners" exterminated any Amerindians who got in their way. It is clear that Pope Francis — the first pope from the New World — understands the Christian “roots” of the Americas and the continent’s importance for the Church’s mission in the 21st century. As a teenager, Serra entered the Franciscans in 1730 and after his ordination to the priesthood in 1737, he served as a professor at the Llullian University in Palma de Mallorca for a dozen years. The boy would live there until age 15 with his parents and sister Juana. Enjoyed listening to your violin presentation yesterday...absolutely beautiful. I so enjoyed being around her on our trip to Rome .. May she rest in peace. How is Serra regarded in the United States? Pope Francis announces that he plans to canonize Father Junipero Serra when he travels to the U.S. in September. To my mind, the critical reaction highlights just how distorted Father Serra’s legacy has become over the years. However, the death rate was much higher in the 18th century than it is today; for example, in Mallorca, where Serra was born, one out of every three infants died before the age of one. Peter has added some updated information about the Mass schedule and a time change of Confessions. We will miss such a lovely lady. Please pray for this bishop, some may know him from his time at St. Joseph Cathedral. Wednesday night, the Pope will hold a mass to declare father Junipero Serra a saint. He spoke out daily against the cruelties of soldiers and administrators. Junipero Serra, a Franciscan friar who was one of the founders of California, has been a symbol in the West for more than 200 years. The rich symbolism of his canonization matches a time of deep uncertainty and social change in the United States. www.catholicnewsagency.com/amp/news/southern-california-catholics-pray-for-kidnapped-bishop-moses... www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-12/pope-francis-proclaims-year-of-st-joseph.html. Though she had never left her little village in Spain, Sor María claimed that in the 1620s she was transported in the Spirit more than 500 times to evangelize the native peoples in New Mexico, Arizona and West Texas. All of this prevents us from making an honest appraisal of Father Serra and America’s religious beginnings. Father Serra rarely used the ordinary terms used by colonial authorities and the society of his time — words such as “barbarians” or “savages.” Instead, he referred to the native people as “gentiles” — using the biblical term for those who do not yet know the living God. He can also in some ways be described as a Mexican immigrant, having lived and worked for more than a dozen years in Mexico before coming to California. From a long-time-ago, far-away parishioner! Comparing the "missions" to "slave plantations" is historically inaccurate: the missions were intended to be centers of Christian catechesis and Spanish civilization; in contrast, American plantations in the South were operated for the financial profit of their owners, who sometimes treated their slaves as human chattel. Today that beautiful Mission is Bill celebrates Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints, November 2020.youtu.be/hl3B79s12ac ... Solemnity of All Saints Nov 2020 Mass at Mission San Diego de Alcalá. What a kind woman. And so we look upon him as a father looks upon his children.”. Life is precious and a gift worth celebrating.Also, 4 months of the priesthood to the day, Laus Deo!I haven't been on social media much at all - but I just want to update you that I am enjoying the ministry at Mission San Diego.I love getting to serve this fantastic community. . Cap. Please pray for this bishop, some may know him from his time at St. Joseph Cathedral. Vincenzo Criscuolo, O.F.M. Let me close with some final words from this new saint of Pope Francis. Father Serra seemed to understand the rage that drove native violence and resistance to the missions. A year later, Fr. Amen 14 posted on 07/01/2009 2:13:36 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.) youtu.be/Z8f1jz55tZo. Hope to see all in this new year soon! As we know, Hispanic immigration — and especially immigration from Mexico — is changing the face of the Church and the broader society in the United States. Raymond Philip Napuli. www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-12/pope-francis-proclaims-year-of-st-joseph.html ... Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph” - Vatican News. Fr. Have not had the pleasure of making your acquaintance. Finally, Father Serra teaches us that the Church’s mission of evangelization is a mission of mercy. What is the significance of Serra's canonization? Peter M. Escalante is the celebrant and homilist. Please watch to get the latest information. Third, I think Father Serra shows us “a way” for the Church — and especially for the Church in America. Unfortunately, a lot of the arguments out there resort to old stereotypes that can be traced back to the anti-Spanish and anti-Catholic propaganda of the “black legend.” Even in the best scholarly writing, we can detect strong prejudice against Catholic beliefs and deep skepticism about the Church’s missionary project. Raymond., God bless you Linda Grosso! Look forward to meeting you in person soon. One way to think about him is that he was a kind of “working class” missionary — a guy who tried to get things done. It is a legislative memorandum. He even observes the beauty of their singing voices. Peter and Fr. Raymond Philip God blessed you. Why did some people protest Serra's canonization? “I was quite a while with him there dead, and my little apartment a pool of blood. And of course, he is being canonized by the first Hispanic pope — the first to speak the Spanish language as his native tongue, and a pope who himself is an immigrant’s son. Not Serra himself and not the intent of the Mission Era.â Elewaut is the 30th successor of St. Junípero Serra at the San Buenaventura mission. Sometimes it seems like scholars and activists have made Father Serra a symbol for everything they believe was wrong with the mission era. God Bless Our Parish. It’s amazing that in all the stories we have from his missionary journeys, all the tens of thousands of words he wrote in letters and diaries — we find hardly a hint of racist thinking or feelings of cultural superiority. Father JunÃpero Serra, often called the "Apostle of California," was born in Petra on the island of Mallorca (off the east coast of Spain) in 1713. As we have seen, Father Serra had great compassion and love for the native peoples. Llull stressed respect for human dignity and freedom of conscience. The “New World” that Jesus Christ had promised for the end of the age. The deepest motives of Father Serra and the missionaries who founded America were religious, spiritual and humanitarian. The missionary, she said, follows the “vocation of the Apostle” in “imitation of the Master.” ... Beautiful service & Linda was a beautiful woman & a friend to so many! Again, this document contains no beautiful poetry or rhetoric. And most radical of all, he insists that “the law of nature” dictates that the Church — not the colonial powers — be entrusted exclusively with the care and governance of the natives to ensure their temporal and spiritual welfare. Junipero Serra is called the âFather of California'â and his statue is one of only two that stand in the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol representing the state. And finally, I hope these reflections will lead those of us in the Church to a better appreciation of the Church’s mission in the years ahead. Vincenzo Criscuolo, O.F.M. But in order for his canonization to bear spiritual fruits in America, I believe we need to start a new conversation about Father Serra and the missionary era. Hnat, also a parishioner of Southwestâs St. Dominic Church says the significance of the nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture isnât lost on her. Father Serra offers the Church an inspiring missionary spirituality, one that is rooted in the Church’s missionary identity and the missionary identity of every disciple. Priests and parishioners in Southern California are praying for the safe return of Bishop Moses Chikwe, the auxiliary bishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria, who served for several years in the Diocese of San Diego as a priest before returning to his country. Each California "mission" also included an extensive amount of land that was used for orchards and crops such as corn and wheat, as well as ranch land for raising cattle, sheep, and goats. Happy Birthday Father! When he is declared a saint later this year, Father Serra will be the latest in a line of âmissionary saintsâ from the Americas that Pope Francis has elevated during his pontificate. His apostolic work was undertaken not only at great personal sacrifice, but with considerable suffering: he not only walked from mission to mission, but walking was also painful for him: shortly after arriving in Mexico, his left leg was infected by an insect bite that never healed and caused him to limp the rest of his life. Whenever two cultures meet - in this case the colonial Spanish and the Californian Indian - one culture usually dominates. He was a problem-solver, not a prophet or philosopher of human rights. Objective expanded to include religious. Bill Springer, Associate Pastor of Mission San Diego. Father Serra patiently gathered up the bones and gave them a solemn respectful burial. But Father Serra is not usually spoken of in this company. In my opinion, Father’s Serra’s famous Representación of 1773 deserves to be studied as a landmark of Catholic social teaching and a primary document in the history of human rights. So wonderful! And may all the glory be to our Great God.”, [For more on Archbishop Gomez’ talk, go to the Los Angeles Tidings Online Website: http://www.angelusnews.com/voices/archbishop-gomez/the-spiritual-discovery-of-the-new-world-7874/#.VVJMR_lViko], 10818 San Diego Mission Road This is the Christian he was. And out of love, he was willing to give up everything — family and home, security and fortune, even his very life — to bring the truth of this salvation to people living on the other side of the world; people he did not know, people who did not share his language or customs. Was this the first mission in the chain of 21? The first is a Bronze Statue located across the street from the front entrance to City Terrific to use as part of On June 30, the vigil of St. Juníperoâs feast day, the missionâs pastor received the news heâd spent years praying to the saint for. Cap. San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey was founded by Father Junipero Serra on June 3, 1770, on the shores of Monterey Bay, as the cornerstone of his Mission. A dozen other missions were subsequently established in California by his successors. Happy birthday Father. On the one hand, the missions provided the California Indians with opportunities for survival in the face of a rapidly changing cultural situation. Ordinarily the term "mission" refers to the church and the attached buildings, which included the covento or residence for the handful of Franciscan friars on the staff; lodging for hundreds of Amerindian catechumens and converts; workshops and kitchens; granaries and storage facilities, etc. Denver Newsroom, Jul 21, 2020 / 05:40 pm MT ().-A proposal to remove St. Junipero Serra from Ventura Countyâs official seal is unwarranted, and elected officials need to know Serraâ¦ Welcome and may God bless your ministry. Fr. Against the backdrop of these profound changes and challenges in American life, Father Serra’s canonization is providential. We are so glad you are at our Parish. Bill following after St. Junipero Serra as (literally) a San Diego Padre.God Bless you and please feel free to stay in touch via www.missionsandiego.org/contact-us ... Féliz cumpleaños, Dios lo bendiga siempre. Who was JunÃpero Serra? Miss all of our Mission friends. Father Serra will become the first saint canonized on U.S. soil. Community Discussion on the Father Serra Statues July 7, 2020 Page 2 3of There are two Father Serra statues on display in and around City Hall. Father Serra never delivered fiery sermons like de Montesinos. Fr. But it should also send a message. Significance: He helped us win the Revolution and establish a government afterward, improved and/or saved the lives of many people, and was one of the most â¦ Pope Francis kisses a first-class relic of Blessed Junípero Serra, a gift from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, presented by Archbishop José H. Gomez. Peter has added some updated information about the Mass schedule and a time change of Confessions. Columbus said the Holy Spirit guided his voyages, making him a “messenger of the new heaven and the new earth.” Shakespeare called this “the brave new world.”. There were only four on our side against more than 20 on theirs. Tim Donnelly is a former California State Assemblyman and Author, currently on a book tour for his new book: Patriot Not Politician: Win or Go Homeless . Despite Father Serraâs record defending indigenous peoples, statues of the saint have become focal points for protests and demonstrations across California in â¦ Eventually, Church authorities asked Sor María to write an open letter to encourage missionaries and inspire more priests to enter the missions. We thank you and realize how blessed we are to have you as our shepherds. Once, he came upon a native grave and found that the bones had been unearthed and scattered, probably by wild animals. Happy birthday Father. If every saint has a spirituality, what was Serra's? Writing about his fellow missionaries, Father Serra said: “Our purpose was to attempt, each in his place, to win for his Most Holy Majesty, a multitude of souls.” His father sent him off to a Franciscan school where Serra received high grades, convincing him to join the Franciscan order. At Mission San Diego de Alcalá parish, Fr Peter M. Escalante with the piano, and Fr Raymond Philip Napuli with the violin, play Angels We Have Heard on High.... With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as ... Fr. Bill celebrates Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints, November 2020. St. Junípero Serra, pray for this land that you helped to found. It is clear that Pope Francis â the first Pope from the New World â understands the Christian ârootsâ of the Americas and the continentâs importance for the Churchâs mission in the 21st century. Father Serra helps us to appreciate in a new way that the missionaries were America’s true “founders.” In him we see that America’s origins were not about politics, conquest or plunder. My friends, this is classic Junípero Serra! We see the same love, the same tender mercy and zeal for souls, in the famous story of the burning of the San Diego Mission in 1775. Father Serra was a realist. 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