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CaptionJunípero Serra the founder of the Missions which were the first settlements of civilized man in California was born on the island of Majorca part of the kingdom of Spain on the 24th of November 1713. At the age of sixteen he became a Monk of the order of St. Francis and the new name of Junípero was then substituted for his baptismal name of Miguel José. --- --- --- Our knowledge of his character is derived almost exclusively from his biography by Palou who was also a native of Majorca a brother Franciscan Monk had been his disciple came across the Atlantic with him was his associate in the college of San Fernando his companion in the expedition to California his successor in the Presidency of the Missions of Old California his subordinate afterward in New California his attendant at his death-bed and his nearest friend for forty years or more. Under the circumstances Palou had the right to record the life of his preceptor and superior. Junípero Serra as we ascertain his character directly and inferentially in his biography was a man to whom his religion was every thing. All his actions were governed by the ever-present and predominant idea that life is a brief probation trembling between eternal perdition on one side and salvation on the other. Earth for its own sake had no joys for him. His soul did not recognize this life as its home. He turned with dislike from nearly all the sources of pleasure in which the polished society of our age delights._______________________________ Father Junípero Serra This 6-foot 6-inch cast stone statue of Father Junípero Serra the Founder of the California Missions was designed in 1906 by Arthur Putnam cast in in 1916-1917 and installed in the Cemetery at the Mission San Francisco de Asís in 1918. The sculpture is one allegorical figure in a series originally commissioned to depict the history of California for the estate of E. W. Scripps. ___________________ By wallyg Wally Gobetz
HeadlineJunípero Serra 1713-1784 Franciscan Founder of California Missions who was often lashed himself with ropes at the end of sermons
Copyright Noticesfmuseum.net Alta California October 31 1862
Creditsfmuseum.net
URLhttp://www.sfmuseum.net/bio/jserra.html

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