Newly minted Saint

In honor of Saint Junipero Serra, I’m sharing photographs of my 2015 visit to his church and quarters at Mission San Juan Capistrano, here in California.

The mission was founded on All Saints’ Day November 1, 1776, by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order. Named for Giovanni da Capistrano, a 15th-century theologian and “warrior priest” who resided in the Abruzzo region of Italy, San Juan Capistrano has the distinction of being home to the oldest building in California still in use, a chapel built in 1782. Known alternately as “Serra’s Chapel” and “Father Serra’s Church,” it is the only extant structure where it has been documented that the padre Junipero Serra celebrated mass. (Wikipedia)

Additional info:  Pope Francis Canonizes Junipero Serra As The Newest Catholic Saint

Church plateSign outside the church entrance.

Guadalupe imageThe image of Our Lady of Guadalupe welcomes you upon entering his church.

man kneeling at altar“I am a sinner.”

inside viewLooking back towards the entrance of the church.

statue of J. SerraSt. Junipero Serra

dining roomThe sparse dining room.

His bedroomSandals and hat, a broom, his bed, and chamber pot.

bedroom 2The adjacent area across his bed.

Mission SJC“I pray God may preserve your health and life many years.” – St. Junipero Serra

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