‘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

San Buenaventura hosts 17th-century Mexican sacred music

Sacred music composed in Spain and colonial Mexico during the 16th and 17th centuries will be performed by the Westmont Chamber Singers March 28, 7 p.m., at San Buenaventura Mission, Ventura. The ensemble will perform several works by Spanish composers, including Luis Coronado’s “Passio secundum Joannem (Passion according to John).” more