Fray Junipero Serra

There's a Lady Bug on my Head!

This continues our examination of The Missions of California. We started at the Oldest (this one) and will proceed up the West Coast of California, following El Camino Real. This is a statue of Father Serra, known today as the “Apostle of California”

Father Serra lead the establishment of the Franciscan missions in California. Spanish Franciscan priest, explorer and colonizer of California where he was the
founder of the Missions of California and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in September 1988.

Serra joined the expedition of Don Gaspar de Pórtola, ordered by the Spanish king to explore and occupy new territory. He reached San Diego on June
27, 1769 and founded there the first mission. From San Diego the party journeyed northward and in April, 1770 Serra founded San Carlos Borromeo at Carmel, the second mission. In his fifteen years as padre president, he established nine of his 21 missions,  each a one-day walk apart (about 30 miles), and linked by a dirt road called “El Camino Real.”

Junípero Serra personally oversaw the planning, construction, and stuffing of each mission from his headquarters at Carmel. From Carmel he travelled on foot
to the other missions along the California coast, to supervise mission work and to confer the sacrament of Confirmation. Biographers estimate that, still
bothered by the infected leg, Serra walked more than 24,000 miles in California alone –more than the journeys of Marco Polo and Lewis and Clark combined. He kept with determination to his watchword, “Always to go forward and never to turn back.”


4 responses

  1. Cool lighting here, Erik, I love those shadows on his face they add a lot of drama here. Great composition! I am very much loving this series, my friend.

    June 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  2. Thanks for the kind comments…We are exited about The Missions of California Project!

    June 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

  3. Sounds like you’ve had an interesting journey. Nice portrait shot!

    June 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    • The California Missions Series is going to be awesome! Thanks for the kind comments and visiting our Blog, Chris!

      June 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

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