Saint Junipero Serra was a Roman Catholic Franciscan Order friar and priest. He was born on November 24, 1713 in Petra as Miquel Joseph Serre. He was baptized on the same day he was born because he was sickly and not believed to live for a long time. His first US mission was established in 1769. He was educated by Franciscan monks at a local primary school. Junipero decided to join the priesthood when he was only 15 years old. Serra earned his doctorate in theology from Lullian University in 1742. He travelled to Mexico in 1749 with one of his former students with a purpose of bringing his faith to the New World.
Fast Facts: –
- He established a total of nine missions from 1769 to 1782 in present day California.
- In 1731, he officially joined the Franciscans and took the name ‘Junipero’ after a friend.
- Junipero Serra has been declared a saint on September 23, 2015 by Pope Francis during his visit to the United States.
- Serra is credited with around 4,600 Native Americans.
- He served as a professor of theology at the Franciscan University in Palma from 1744 to 1749.
- He once clashed with Spanish authorities over the way soldiers treated the native people.
- In 1767, Junipero Serra became President of the former Jesuit missions in Baja California.
- Father Serra died on August 28, 1784 in California, United States.
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