Fr. Junipero Serra and the California Missions

Fr. Junipero Serra and the California Missions February 5, 2015

When our kids were younger, we read together living history books – books that told the real stories of real people who made their mark on humanity. One of the heroes we loved to read about was Franciscan missionary Father Junipero Serra.

Blessed Junipero Serra (1713-1784)  founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish Missions of California that stretch from San Diego to San Francisco. He worked hard all of his life, ministering to the natives and at the same time managing his responsibilities as head if his order in California. He died at age 70, and is expected to be canonized by Pope Francis during the Pope’s visit to the United States in September 2015.

The story of the missions is fascinating, and I’m delighted that friend and colleague Diana von Glahn (aka The Faithful Traveler) and her husband David will be producing a 10-13 episode series about them, The Faithful Traveler: Exploring the California Missions. An amazing and huge endeavor!

But they can’t do it alone. They need funding to produce the series. They have just 41 days left to raise the $50,000 needed to cover the production costs. I’ve embedded a video about this must-do project, and I have faith that you’ll be generous in giving to make it happen. Follow this link to the Kickstarter page for the show.  It will tell you more about the missions and the series.

The missions are a vital part of American History, and having a series about them would allow all of us to enjoy their beauty and history.

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