Our Tour of the #Carmel Mission Founded by #Saint Junípero Serra
We have just returned from a visit with my daughter’s family in Pebble Beach, #California. While we were there we had the pleasure of touring the beautiful Carmel Mission founded in 1771 by the Franciscan friar, Junípero Serra. He was a missionary from the Spanish island of Majorca who founded the first nine missions in California at about the same time the Revolutionary War was getting started over on the East Coast. He was declared a saint in 2015, the year my book, Junípero Serra: Founder of the California Missions, was published. I thought you might like to see some of the pictures we took of the mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Enjoy!
Carmel Mission was the second mission that Junípero Serra founded, and it was his favorite because the #Monterey area reminded him of his childhood home on the island of Majorca, off Spain. He made Carmel Mission his headquarters and was buried there in 1784. He founded nine missions before his death. The Franciscans went on to open a total of 21 missions from San Diego to San Francisco.
I wrote about Serra’s room in my book:
“He had one blanket for his bed, but no mattress. On his desk were his Bible, his prayer book, a candle, a quill pen, and an ink bottle. He wrote, ‘While we have health, a tortilla and herbs of he field, what more could we desire?'”
Click on book cover below for more information about my book.
The original bell nicknamed Ave Maria was made in Mexico City in 1807. It was placed at the Mission in 1820. When the mission was secularized in 1834, the bell was removed and held onto by local Native Americans for safekeeping. It was finally lost and relocated once again during restoration. It was re-installed in the mission bell tower in 1925.