According to Stephen Hyslop, "[Serra's] goal and that of his fellow friars was not to confirm Indians [sic] in their seeming innocence, like 'Adam in the garden, before sin', but to make them aware of their sins and move them to repent. He later founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, in what was then Spanish-occupied Alta California in the Province of Las Californias, New Spain. Serra's superiors discouraged letters and visitors. [citation needed], Both Spain and the United States have honored Serra with postage stamps. Two statues of Junipero Serra in San Juan Capistrano have been moved in recent days to ensure their protection. [81] Several sailors fell sick with scurvy. [99]:39 He maintained a patriarchal or fatherly attitude towards the Native American population. The missions were primarily designed to bring the Catholic faith to the native peoples. His group included friar Crespí, captain Pedro Fages, twelve Spanish volunteers, seven leather-jacketed soldiers, two muleteers, five Baja Christian Indians, and Portolá's servant. Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 25 September 1988 in the Vatican City. [55] Gálvez chose Serra to head the missionary team in the California expedition. Serra fervently wrote to the guardian of the college of San Fernando, requesting more missionaries willing to face hardships in Alta California. Serra requested that he do his novitiate year again—despite his academic prestige, and the fact that the college's novices were far younger men. In the process, he orchestrated the development of a chain of missions that helped give birth to modern California. [44], During other sermons on the theme of repentance, Serra would hoist a large stone in one hand and, while clutching a crucifix in the other, smash the stone against his chest. "[124], Catholic writers maintain that the attacks on Serra impose modern judgments about the appropriateness of Christian evangelization of non-Christians, and that much of the criticism leveled against Serra results from ahistorical value judgments and from ideologies that deny the validity of Christianity and Catholicism as a legitimate social and cultural force. Sympathetic to the Jesuits, Portolá treated them kindly even as he removed them under the king's orders. The number of civilian colonists in Alta California never exceeded 3,200, and the missions with their Indian populations were critical to keeping the region within Spain's political orbit. November 25, 2020; The St. Junipero statue (above) -- similar to the one at Santa Clara Univ. -- was torn down at Mission San Rafael by anti-Catholic protesters on Oct.12, 2020. He added: "It seems none of them died so they can still be baptized. He was given the religious name of Junípero in honor of Brother Juniper, who had been among the first Franciscans and a companion of Francis of Assisi. Discover Junípero Serra Statue in Hillsborough, California: This controversial depiction of the "Founder of California" looks as though it was sculpted from mashed potatoes. [17], On September 14, 1730, some two months before his 17th birthday, Serra entered the Franciscan Order at Palma,[18][19] specifically, the Alcantarine branch of the Friars Minor, a reform movement in the Order. Palóu supervised the farm labor of men of the mission; the women learned spinning, sewing and knitting. Portolá had a stretcher prepared, so that Christian Indians traveling with the expedition could carry Serra along the trail. "[65], The expedition still had 300 miles (480 kilometers) to travel to San Diego. They passed through desert terrain into oak savanna in June, often camping and sleeping under large oaks. They reported large populations of Indians living along the coast who seemed friendly and docile, ready to embrace the gospel. [25], During Serra's last five years on the island of Majorca, drought and plague afflicted his home village of Petra. Finally, a man climbed to the pulpit, took the chain from Serra's hand and began whipping himself, declaring: "I am the sinner who is ungrateful to God who ought to do penance for my many sins, and not the padre [Serra], who is a saint." Where mission workers could dam small streams, they managed to grow wheat, corn, beans, fruits and cotton—always depending on the availability of water. The statue honors the booming birds Rothsay, Minnesota, is famous for. At the capital of Mexico, by order of Viceroy Bucareli, he printed up Representación in 32 articles. MM 1847, f 273, Bancroft Library, Berkeley, California. "[57], Two servants—one named José María Vergerano, a 20-year-old from Magdalena, the other a soldier guard—accompanied Serra on his journey from Loreto, as he rode on a feeble mule. Gifted with a good voice, he eagerly took to vocal music. Another of California's unused Cold War missile defense complexes has become a graffiti gallery. Serra countered that "God ... has given me the strength to come so far. But just as he lifted the baptismal shell, filled it with water and readied to pour it over the baby's head, some Indians grabbed the child from the corporal's arms and ran away to their village in fear. Serra pitched in himself, carrying wooden beams and applying mortar between the stones forming the church walls. [15], By age seven, Miquel was working the fields with his parents, helping cultivate wheat and beans, and tending the cattle. A statue of Junipero Serra in San Rafael was pulled down Tuesday by protesters with the Coast Miwok tribe. I think you really come up with a benevolent, hard-working person who was strict in a lot of his doctrinal leanings and things like that, but not a person who was enslaving Indians, or beating them, ever. [21], The daily routine at the friary followed a rigid schedule: prayers, meditation, choir singing, physical chores, spiritual readings, and instruction. He points out toward the Pacific Ocean, although neither the locals or visitors seem to understand why. But his role in California's colonization via the mission system makes him a target for statue toppling. It sailed past San Diego Bay, destined for Monterey. [citation needed], The viceroy, Spain's highest official in Mexico, suspended the intrusive colony. The figure was erected in 1976 along a stretch of Interstate 280 (also known as the Junípero Serra Freeway) with the help of the Department of Transportation. [109], On October 12, 2020, a group of people toppled the statue of Serra located in front of Mission San Rafael Arcángel, in San Rafael, California. His nightly self-flagellations at the college of San Fernando caught the ears of some of his fellow friars. Applying to the colonial bureaucracy in Madrid, Serra requested that both he and Palóu embark on a foreign mission. You can't put a smoking gun in his hand. The natives appeared healthy, robust and friendly, immediately repeating the Spanish words they heard. "[111] George Tinker, an Osage/Cherokee and professor at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado,[112] cites evidence that Serra required the converted Indians to labor to support the missions. He is buried there under the sanctuary. And that is true. Junípero Serra, letter to Francesch Serra, Cádiz, August 20, 1749. | YouTube The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco performed a brief ceremony over the weekend that included an exorcism at a site where protesters tore down a statue of St. Junipero Serra. As such, he is a very important in terms of bringing religion to the people. A police vehicle is seen parked near a statue of Father Junípero Serra in front of the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, California, on June 21, 2020. (Frederic J. 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Buckley: Saint or Sinner: Junipero Serra", "Junipero Serra was a brutal colonialist. A statue of Father Junipero Serra stands in front of the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, California on September 23, 2015. [114], While administering Mission San Carlos Borromeo in Monterey, California, Serra had ongoing conflicts with Pedro Fages, who was military governor of Alta California. There they learned from Indians that the Portolá expedition had returned south. The statue of St. Junipero Serra is the latest to be either defaced or forcibly removed by people protesting against monuments that depict the country's colonial and racist past. Serra, in the role of Jesus, washed their feet and then, after the service, dined with them. For I was there [at mission Loreto] a whole year, in economic matters, as a mere guest to receive the crumbs of the royal soldier commissioner, whose liberality at my departure did not extend beyond the aforementioned articles. But the soldiers' land claims clashed with mission lands that Christian Pames were working. Many of Serra's letters and other documentation are extant, the principal ones being his "Diario" of the journey from Loreto to San Diego, which was published in Out West (March to June 1902) along with Serra's Representación. [citation needed], On the morning of March 19, Serra celebrated Mass and preached a sermon at the forlorn mission on Presidio Hill. Many of his listeners feared that he would strike himself dead. [72] Despite the efforts of Doctor Prat, many of the ill men died in San Diego. (Tom Spence/KVTA News) Last week, the Ventura City Council voted to remove a bronze statue … The mission lands were our ancestral homes. "The men of the land and sea expeditions coming from different directions met here at the same time," wrote Serra, "we singing the divine praises in our launch, while the gentlemen on land sang in their hearts." From a high hill on June 20, their advance scouts saw the Pacific Ocean in the distance. [citation needed], Many cities in California have streets, schools, and other features named after Serra. "From my mission of Loreto," wrote Serra, "I took along no more provisions for so long a journey than a loaf of bread and a piece of cheese. [29], Hobbling into Mexico City, Serra joined up with his fellow friars at the College of San Fernando de Mexico, a specialized training center and regional headquarters for Franciscan missionaries. Serra urged the boy to persuade some parents to bring their young child to the mission, so that Serra could administer Catholic baptism to the child by pouring water over his head. As a priest, Father Serra traveled to the New Spain colonial territory of Mexico in 1749 to devote himself to missionary work. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). Serra then departed for Mexico on October 17, 1772 to plead his case to the viceroy Antonio María de Bucareli y Ursúa. He suffered intensely from his crippled leg and from his chest, yet he would use no remedies. "[128], Ruben Mendoza, an archeologist of Mexican Mestizo and Native Yaqui descent who has extensively excavated missions in California, stated during a March 2015 interview with the Los Angeles Times that "Serra endured great hardships to evangelize Native Californians. The statue … He is credited with establishing the Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continuing north, Serra stopped on May 5 to celebrate a Mass for the feast of the Ascension in the deserted church at Calamajué, scarcely more than a ruined hut. The next day, Inquisition officials appointed Serra himself as inquisitor for the whole region—adding that he could exercise his powers anywhere he did missionary work in New Spain, as long as there was no regular Inquisition official in the region. The Christian Indians from Baja who remained with the Spaniards did not know the Kumeyaay language. Several Indians approached them, and the two groups exchanged gifts. Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed. [63], Back on the road, Serra found it very difficult to stay on his feet because "my left foot had become very inflamed, a painful condition which I have suffered for a year or more. The slight and frail Serra now embarked on his novitiate period, a rigorous year of preparation to become a full member of the Franciscan Order. He immersed himself in rigorous studies of logic, metaphysics, cosmology, and theology. [citation needed], On Pentecost Sunday, June 3, 1770, Serra, Portolá and the whole expedition held a ceremony at a makeshift chapel erected next to a massive oak tree by Monterey Bay, to found mission San Carlos Borromeo. The 6-foot-tall statue of the 18th century Catholic saint, who founded nine of … On June 23, they came upon a large Indian village where they enjoyed a pleasant stopover. Many parishioners, roused by the spectacle, began sobbing. Aboard were Portolá and Miguel Costansó, along with several letters from Serra. [104], On November 3, 2017, the statue of Serra located at the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel was vandalized with red paint and suffered damage during an decapitation attempt with a reciprocating saw. The statue … "We support the canonization. "[48], Spain's king Carlos III had plotted the expulsion of Jesuits throughout his empire five months earlier. Following a Spanish military victory over the Pames in 1743, Spanish authorities had sent not only Franciscan missionaries, but also Spanish/Mexican soldiers and their families into the Sierra Gorda. Christian Pames sold their surplus products in nearby trading centers, under the friars' supervision to protect them from cheaters. But few took it to the extremes that Serra did. "[131], Members of other tribes associated with the mission system also expressed support for Serra's canonization. The Pames objected, threatening to defend their lands by force if necessary. [94], Discipline was strict, and the converts were not allowed to come and go at will. Portolá again tried to persuade Serra to withdraw from the expedition, offering to "have you carried back to the first mission where you can recuperate, and we will continue our journey." It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but 'by attraction'. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) For a time Saturday, it looked as if a statue of Junipero Serra outside City Hall in downtown Ventura might join the growing ranks of toppled figures. "[123] Francis further noted: "Instead of seeming to impose new obligations, (Christians) should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet. The variety he planted, presumably descended from Spain, became known as the Mission grape and dominated California wine production until about 1880. This controversial, abstract sculpture is meant to represent an Aztec warrior. He and his fellow friar set out on the Camino Real with no money or guide, carrying only their breviaries. By Devin Watkins. Half of those who made it to San Diego spent months unable to resume the expedition, due to illness. He believed that the death of an unconverted heathen was tragic, while the death of a baptized convert was a cause for joy. Yet the Archivo General de la Nación in Mexico City, with over a thousand volumes of indexed documents on the Inquisition, apparently contains only two references to Serra's work for the Inquisition following his 1752 appointment: his preaching in Oaxaca in 1764, and his partial handling of the case of a Sierra Gorda mulatto accused of sorcery in 1766. There is no swelling but only the itching which I feel at times. He followed the news of famous missionaries winning beatification and sainthood. Consider supporting our work by becoming a member for as little as $5 a month. They found the cross surrounded by feathers and broken arrows driven into the ground, with fresh sardines and meat laid out before the cross. The man kept whipping himself until he collapsed. Forty men, including the two friars and five Baja Indians, remained to develop the mission on the Monterey peninsula. After Mass, four soldiers went down to the beach to bring padre Fernando Parrón back from the San Carlos, where he had been celebrating Mass. The archbishop’s statement came after a statue of St. Junipero Serra was torn down in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Friday, along with statues of Francis Scott Key and Ulysses S. Grant. Some of the Kumeyaay teased and taunted the sick soldiers. Serra described the six-week voyage as "somewhat uncomfortable. On his 1752 visit from the Sierra Gorda mission to the college of San Fernando in Mexico City, Serra joyfully carried a goddess statue presented to him by Christian Pames. SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — Five people arrested for damaging and tearing down a statue of Saint Junipero Serra last month at the Mission San Rafael … Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. Under his presidency were founded:[citation needed], Serra was also present at the founding of the Presidio of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California) on April 21, 1782, but was prevented from locating the mission there because of the animosity of Governor Felipe de Neve. [102], Native Americans objected to the Catholic Church's canonization of Serra, charging the priest "directed and approved of the torture and enslavement of Natives" at missions that served as both religious and military installations. [43] In his austere cell, Serra kept a chain of sharp pointed iron links hanging on the wall beside his bed, to whip himself at night when sinful thoughts ran through his mind. "We were all enamored of them," wrote Serra. They trusted in Providence and the hospitality of local people along the way. If it is necessary to specify one of the persons guilty of such crimes, I accuse by name a certain Melchora de los Reyes Acosta, a married mulattress, an inhabitant of the said mission. Yet Serra wrote six months later, in a letter to the guardian of the college of San Fernando, that "both our men and theirs sustained wounds"—without mentioning any Indian deaths. A statue of Junipero Serra at the Carmel Mission in Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) In a somewhat stunning admission that violent protesters are … The regulations of the college of San Fernando said that self-punishment should never be carried to the point of permanently incapacitating oneself. [9] Serra's missionary efforts earned him the title of "Apostle of California". While he gave control of the church to Serra, Portolá controlled the living quarters and rationed out food to the friars, charging their costs to the mission. "In fact, all the pagans have pleased me, but these in particular have stolen my heart. Activists on Saturday toppled a statue of Junipero Serra, widely regarded as the founder of the California Missions, from its perch on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. "If Junipero Serra Were Alive: Missiological-Anthropological Theory Today,", This page was last edited on 29 December 2020, at 18:20. I ask that this legislative body seriously reconsider this politicized effort to minimize and erase one of the most substantive Hispanic and Latino contributions to our nation's history. Please click below to consent to the use of this technology while browsing our site. It was a field of missionary endeavor that required patience, perseverance, and humility, as well as vision and courage. [28], In 1749, Serra and the Franciscan missionary team landed in Veracruz, on the Gulf coast of New Spain (now Mexico). [citation needed], On June 24, 1767, the Viceroy of New Spain, Carlos Francisco de Croix, read a Spanish royal decree to Mexico's archbishop and assembled church officials: "Repair with an armed force to the houses of the Jesuits. Other aims were to integrate the neophytes into Spanish society, to provide a framework for organizing the natives into a productive workforce in support of new extensions of Spanish power, and to train them to take over ownership and management of the land. 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The Statue of Junipero Serra is one of several rest stops along Highway 280 between Millbrae and San Jose, a route we often took. As local Indians cremated their dead, the wailing of their women sounded from local villages. Junipero Serra was declared a saint in 2015. Refused to say if it plans to publicly display the statue. Seize the persons of all of them and, within 24 hours, transport them as prisoners to the port of Veracruz. Weighing the risk of his soldiers dying of starvation, Portolá set a deadline of March 19, the feast of saint Joseph, patron of his expedition: If no ship arrived by that day—Portolá told Serra—he would march his men south the next morning. [60], The new mission lacked Indians to convert. [citation needed], A few days later, a group of Indians arrived at the mission carrying a naked baby boy. A statue of Serra was torn down in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on June 19 by a crowd of about 100 people, and on the same day a statue of the saint was torn down in Los Angeles. Serra and the College of San Fernando sided with the Pames—citing the Laws of the Indies, which banned colonial settlements in mission territories. The other Kumeyaay visitors followed them, laughing and jeering. Their products were collected and rationed to the mission residents, according to personal needs. In San Diego, 450 miles (725 kilometers) south, 23 men remained to develop the mission there. No purchase necessary. "[70], Between the overland and seafaring parties of the expedition, about 300 men had started on the trip from Baja California. [20] The young Junípero, along with his fellow novices, vowed to scorn property and comfort, and to remain celibate. The Spaniards interpreted their sign language as a desire to have the boy baptized. He stayed over a year at the Loreto mission while his colleagues tried to convert Indians in the nearby mountains and deserts. White, Jeremy B. Pope's visit delays vote to ditch Junipero Serra statue. We depend on ad revenue to craft and curate stories about the world’s hidden wonders. | YouTube The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco performed a brief ceremony over the weekend that included an exorcism at a site where protesters tore down a statue of St. Junipero Serra. [111], Professor Edward Castillo, a Native American and director of Native American Studies at the Sonoma State University in California, said in a Firing Line episode with William F. Buckley Jr. that "... you pointed out [that] in my work I haven't cited Serra as oppressor. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, head of the archdiocese of San Francisco, stands at the site where Father Junipero Serra's statue once stood in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Commonly referred to as "Father Serra's Church,"[145] it is the only remaining church in which Serra is known to have celebrated the rites of the Roman Catholic Church (he presided over the confirmations of 213 people on October 12 and 13, 1783). Junípero Serra y Ferrer, O.F.M. That night Serra buried Vergerano secretly, concealing his death from the Indians. Offer subject to change without notice. LaMar, Jim., Professional Friends of Wine, sfn error: no target: CITEREFTinker,_p._42 (, sfn error: no target: CITEREFTinker,_p._59 (. But the claim by Palóu that Serra translated the catechism into the Pame language is questionable, as Serra himself later admitted he had great difficulties learning indigenous languages. One of the ships, the San Carlos, had sailed almost four months from La Paz, bypassing its destination by almost 200 miles before doubling back south to reach San Diego Bay. As the ship heaved against heavy winds, Pérez, Serra and sailors recited daily prayers, promising to make a novena and celebrate High Mass upon their safe arrival in Monterey. Added to this was the clangor of the bells, the volleys of the muskets, and the cannonading from the ship. [citation needed], In March 1768, Serra and his missionary team boarded a Spanish sloop at San Blas, on Mexico's Pacific coast. There are public elementary schools in San Francisco and Ventura, as well as a K-8 Catholic school in Rancho Santa Margarita. Statues or other monuments to Father Serra are found on the grounds of several other mission churches, including those in San Diego and Santa Clara. They had survived by slaughtering and eating their mules along the return trek south. "[30], Besides the routine of prayers, hymns and meditations, daily life at the secluded college included classes on the languages of Mexico's native peoples, mission administration and theology. Economically, the missions produced all of the colony's cattle and grain, and by the 1780s were even producing surpluses sufficient to trade with Mexico for luxury goods. A statue of Junipero Serra outside the mission in San Rafael was torn down Monday, after a demonstration calling for its removal. [38], In September 1752, Serra filed a report to the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico City from Jalpan, on "evidences of witchcraft in the Sierra Gorda missions." [105], On June 19, 2020, activists in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park toppled a 30-foot replica of Serra, wrapped in a friar cloak and gripping a large cross. If after the embarkation there should be found one Jesuit in that district, even if ill or dying, you shall suffer the penalty of death. Dressed in surplice and stole, Serra read the initial prayers and performed the ceremonies to prepare for baptism. The advanced guard of the party greeted them there. After he had exercised his privilege for a year, Governor Felipe de Neve directed him to suspend administering the sacrament until he could present the papal brief. Following Serra's death, leadership of the Franciscan missionary effort in Alta California passed to Fermín Lasuén. Portolá agreed, so the small group traveled all day May 13 to reach Velicatá by late evening. He was accepted as mission superior. CNA Staff, Jun 20, 2020 / 09:41 am MT ().-A statue of Catholic missionary St. Junipero Serra was toppled in a San Francisco park Friday, along … A statue of Junipero Serra rests face down at Father Serra Park, across the street from Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles Saturday, June 20. The statue of Serra was toppled and splattered with paint, and the cemetery, the mission doors, a fountain, and a crucifix were as well. [41][42], In 1758, Serra returned to the College of San Fernando. Vila agreed to stay in the harbor until the relief ship arrived—and to welcome Serra and Crespí aboard if they got stranded by Portolá's departure. This statue is an ode to an iconic roadside advertisement popularized during the 1970s. [citation needed], In 1737, Serra became a priest, and three years later earned an ecclesiastical license to teach philosophy at the Convento de San Francisco. [citation needed], On the Baja California peninsula, newly appointed governor Gaspar de Portolá had to notify and remove the Jesuits from the chain of missions they had developed in forbidding territory over 70 years. Over the next nine years he worked in the college's administrative offices, and as a missionary and inquisitor in the dioceses of Mexico, Puebla, Oaxaca, Valladolid, and Guadalajara. [77], Over six months dragged on without a single Indian convert to mission San Diego. Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the second edition of our book. Hence, he has been called the "Father of California Wine". Tensions with the local Kumeyaay people made it difficult to attract converts. [37], During his 1752 visit to Mexico City, Serra sent a request from the college of San Fernando to the local headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition. This library is part of the building complex of the Mission Santa Barbara, but is now a separate non-profit, independent educational and research institution. Before completing his required year of training, Serra volunteered for a mission in the rugged Sierra Gorda, to help replace friars who had recently died there. He confirmed 5,309 people, who, with but few exceptions, were California Indian neophytes converted during the fourteen years from 1770. The founding celebration took place "with all the neatness of holy poverty," in Serra's words. In return, Portolá and Miguel Costansó, along with several letters from San Diego junipero serra statue 450 (! 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