‘Always forward, never back’: The canonization of Fray Junípero Serra

Franciscan Friar Junípero Serra, joined by a Native American companion, walked from San Diego to Mexico City for an unannounced visit with Viceroy Antonio Maria Bucareli y Ursúa in 1773. Another friar had told him of a soldier who had raped two native women. Father Serra, nearly 60, was so outraged he decided he was going to do something about it, according to archeologist Ruben Mendoza. … Gregory Orfalea, author of “Journey to the Sun: Junípero Serra’s Dream and the Founding of California” and writer-in-residence at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, said Father Serra cannot be accused of genocide. more

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