Category Archives: Saint JunIpero Serra

Carmel Mission in California

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!

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Here we are in front of the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.

Carmel Mission courtyard

Carmel Mission courtyard

The Chapel where Saint Junípero Serra is buried.

The Chapel where Saint Junípero Serra is buried

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The crypt of Saint Junípero Serra

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The very spot where Serra first planted a wooden cross and held mass

The very spot where Serra first planted a wooden cross and held mass

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The "Inner Porch"

The “Inner Porch”

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This was Junípero Serra's simple room at Carmel Mission.

This was Junípero Serra’s simple room at Carmel Mission.

Junípero in the garden

Junípero in the garden

The Carmel Mission Chapel with bell towers

The Carmel Mission Chapel with bell towers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JunIpero Serra at the university in Majorca

Illustration by Emmanuel #Beaudesson for my book, Junípero Serra: Founder of the California Missions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Junípero Serra: Founder of the California Missions (Ignatius Press, 2015) by Linda Gondosch

Junípero Serra: Founder of the California Missions (Ignatius Press, 2015) by Linda Gondosch

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#Junípero Serra’s Treacherous Journey to Mexico

A True Story of the Founder of the #California Missions

JunIpero Serra at the university in Majorca

JunIpero Serra at the university in Majorca           (Illustrations by Emmanuel Beaudesson)

When Junípero Serra was a young man living on the Spanish island of Majorca, he joined the #Franciscan Order.  He was soon bitten by the bug to become a missionary to the natives living in New Spain, even though he would have to give up his prestigious university position in Palma.  He chose to give up family and friends and a comfortable life in order to follow his dream of spreading Christianity to the New World.

JunIpero Serra leaving Majorca aboard a packet boat

JunIpero Serra leaving Majorca aboard a packet boat        (Illustrations by Emmanuel Beaudesson)

 

On April 13, 1749, Serra boarded a packet boat and left his island home.  Unfortunately, the captain of the boat hated friars and argued daily with Father Serra, threatening to throw him overboard.  One day he took a knife to his throat, but Father Serra struggled and broke free.  He gladly left that boat when it reached the Spanish mainland!

Serra knew his parents were saddened by his decision to leave Majorca.  After all, he was their only son and they would never see him again.  Just before leaving Cádiz, Father Junípero wrote to a friend, saying, “I want to ask you again to do me the favor of consoling my parents, who, I know, are going through a great sorrow.  I wish I could give them some of the happiness that is mine; and I feel that they would urge me to go ahead and never to turn back.”  Indeed, Junípero Serra would never “turn back” from anything he set out to do.

After a few weeks on the ocean the voyagers ran short of food and water.  Serra wrote, “I was so thirsty that I would [have drunk] from the dirtiest puddle.”  All of the missionaries on the ship became sick, except tor him.

As they approached #Mexico, a violent hurricane struck.  Serra and his fellow Franciscans did the only thing they could — they prayed.  After days of riding the immense waves, the storm calmed and the ship finally landed in Vera Cruz.  Father Serra stepped onto solid ground on December 6, 1749, after three months at sea.  His missionary adventures were only beginning.

Jump ahead to 2015.  JunIpero Serra was declared a Saint in the Catholic Church by #Pope Francis in 2015.  Read more about the life of Saint Serra in my latest book, JunIpero Serra: Founder of the California Missions  (Ignatius Press).    

Children's book by Linda Gondosch

Children’s book by Linda Gondosch

Click on book cover above for more information about this book, #JunIpero Serra: Founder of the California Missions, published in 2015 by Ignatius Press.

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