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Fr. Serra’s Cause for beatification and canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church was opened in 1934. Fr. Maynard Geiger, archivist at Old Mission Santa Barbara, the headquarters of the Serra Cause, completed much of the historical research.

From 1941 to 1955 Geiger traveled in California, Mexico and Spain, compiling documentation for the Serra Cause and his biography, The Life and Times of Fray Junípero Serra (1959). Fr. Geiger died in 1977.

The Cause received its first...

On August 21, 2009, a bright and balmy day in Carmel, Calif., Serrans from all parts of District 31 converged on Mission San Carlos Borromeo, the burial place of Blessed Junípero Serra, marking the 225th anniversary of his death.

In addition to the many who arrived by auto, a charter bus transported a group of devotees from the counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo. A daylong program had been well planned by Serra Club District 31 governor Roger Hagman and his committee.

To...

Considering the life of Blessed Fray Junípero Serra, OFM, from the viewpoint of philanthropy and the natural sciences, one finds much with which to credit him—and also something for which to fault him. If we judge him by the standards of today—two centuries after his death—we can find much for which to praise him, and also something for which to blame him.

The same might be said of a number of important figures who lived around the same time, including presidents of the United States...

It is clear to me that the earlier friars embraced particular theological concepts and methods of application of pastoral theology with which they were familiar, and that, at least for Professor Junípero Serra, OFM, and his students, these were seen and understood through the lens of Scotist philosophy and theology.Let us turn then to some of the basic concepts of Scotist thought.

There is no freedom without contingency, that is, possibility. If one is forced to choose something,...

Dear Bishop Shubsda,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I come today as a pilgrim to this Mission of San Carlos, which so powerfully evokes the heroic spirit and heroic deeds of Fray Junípero Serra and which enshrines his mortal remains. This serene and beautiful place is truly the historical and spiritual heart of California.

All the missions of El Camino Real bear witness to the challenges and heroism of an earlier time, but not a time forgotten or without significance for the...

The question of whether a Denver girl was cured by a miracle courtesy of an 18th century missionary priest is now in the hands of the Vatican.

The Denver Archdiocese has wrapped up its part of an investigation into whether Father Junípero Serra intervened to save a young girl from severe birth defects before she was born.

A local church team spent seven months collecting documents, including independent medical data, which is now at the Holy See for further evaluation. It’s...

The Diocesan Trials for the Canonization Cause of Junípero Serra began in 1948 and continued into 1949. Witnesses gave their testimony to an ecclesiastical court within the walls of Missions San Gabriel, San Buenaventura, Santa Barbara, Carmel and San Francisco.

The judges were: The Vicar General of Monterey, Monsignor Sullivan and the Provincials of the California Jesuits, Fr. Joseph O’Brien, SJ and of the Redemptorists, and Fr. Gerald Bolger, CSSR.

The Oaths taken by the...

From its inception, Serra International(SI) has been supportive of the holy priesthood. For more than 70 years, SI continues to fulfill its primary objective, fostering and promoting vocations to the ministerial priesthood of the Catholic Church as a particular vocation to service, to priesthood and of all religious vocations in the Catholic Church.

The first Serra Club was founded in Seattle in 1935. The founders were Harold Haberlie, P. Daniel Rooney, Leo F. Sharkey and...

Here at Mission Santa Barbara in California we are often asked how the Serra Cause is progressing. People will ask when Blessed Junípero will be declared a saint, and do we have any new possibilities of a miracle that we might present to Rome.

Over the past number of years we have indeed had a number of cases that seemed miraculous to the people who presented them. Some we are continuing to document and follow, while others do not seem to be the kind that we could present to the...

At baptism something new is given to us, like a seed in the ground of our humanity, or the presence of someone we love in our heart, or the word of a teacher that enters our ear only to transform our understanding. This new presence in us—it is the Kingdom of God—has a life of its own. As the Gospel says, it germinates, sprouts, and grows without our “knowing how it happened.” (Mk 4, 26) Finally, it multiplies, produces a harvest, and what began as a small seed nourishes the lives of...

Franciscans today continue the work of Blessed Junípero Serra. From the California that he evangelized, later Franciscans have gone to take the message of the cross and the light of the Gospel to other lands: the Philippines, Peru, Russia and Kazakhstan, in addition to the Holy Land where Jesus lived and died. When these friars are commissioned, or sent on to the mission, they often receive a “mission cross” to signify that they are carrying the Gospel message that God so loved the world...