Blessed Junipero Serra
A Franciscan missionary Blessed Junipero Serra is well known as the 18th century founder of a string of California missions. Like Father Serra, the Serrans of today put faith into action. Whether through meetings, vocational programs, or personal involvement in school, parish and diocesan activities, Serrans accept the challenge of fostering vocations and encouraging spiritual growth.
Father Serra's missions were established along El Camino Real, which linked his Church-centered communities up and down the California coastline. By linking clubs throughout the world, Serra International strives to carry out its own mission: to foster and promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life and to further Catholicism by encouraging its members, in fellowship, through education, to fulfill their vocations to service. (Photo Courtesy of Mission San Carlos Borromeo, CA)
Let Father Serra inspire us to nurture vocations and become missionaries ourselves as we work for vocations. The USA Council Program Committee invites you to carry out this program of renewal by which all Serrans recommit themselves to furthering Serra International's principles and objectives.
Timed to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the birth of Fray Junípero Serra, Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions is the first major exhibition to present an in-depth portrait of the life and legacies of one of the most visible yet less recognized figures in California history. Californians know Serra as the founding father of the system of 21 missions that today stretches from San Diego to just north of San Francisco.
From Aug 17, 2013 to Jan 6, 2014, the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA will be holding a historic exhibition covering the life and times of Father Junipero Serra entitled " Junipero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions". The Exhibition covers all of Father Serra's life from his birth in Petra, Mallorca to his death in Carmel, CA. The exhibition also goes on to explain the repercussions of Father's Serra's life and the effects of the Mission period on the people of California. This video gives a small taste of the wealth of material on display at the Huntington Library. Gregory Lynch Jr. captured this video of the opening of the exhibition.
In His Steps Prayer
"Walk with Blessed Junipero Serra as he traces our Lord's footsteps in search of workers for the vineyard."
Holy Spirit, you are the love and light of the world. Continue to give all Serrans the courage and generosity to respond ardently to your call.
With one voice now, all Serrans say, "Here I am Lord." Fire each of us with a renewed spirit and enthusiasm to work for vocations for our Church.
Deepen our commitment to the Serran mission that we may, indeed, walk "in his steps" on our journey.
Father, we ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord, through the intercession of Blessed Junipero Serra and Mary, the Mother of the Church and religious vocations.
Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra
Heavenly Father, we ask you to look lovingly on the missionary journey of your faithful servant, Junipero Serra.
His steadfast efforts in founding nine missions in California and the conversion of thousands of Native Americans have inspired the formation and work of Serra International.
This ministry in Father Serra's name is to encourage and affirm vocations to priesthood and vowed religious life.
We pray that you bless this holy and courageous missionary and grant him the ultimate honor of Sainthood in your heavenly kingdom.
We ask this in the name of Thy Blessed Trinity and of Mary, Queen of vocations.
Pray! Invite! Encourage! Affirm! Vocations
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