Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Body and Blood ~ Mark Jennings (2011)
"How could the Church fulfill her vocation
without cultivating a constant relationship with the Eucharist,
without nourishing herself with this food which sanctifies,
without founding her missionary activity
on this indispensable support?" ~ Bl Pope John Paul II
San Charles of Borremeo - California Franciscan mission
Bl Junipero Serra
Nee Spain ~ Franciscan Priest
Zealous preacher, Professor, Untiring Missionary
Known as "Father of California"
Motto: “Always forward, never back.”
Deep Eucharistic devotion.Baptized over 6000.
Founded numerous missions in California.
Introduced varieties of fruits and vegetables, including grapes,
and laid the foundation for the agricultrue industry in California.
He also introduced dairy cows and cheese making.
FEAST DAY - July 1
"All my life I have wanted to be a missionary. I have wanted
to carry the Gospel message to those who have never heard of God
and the kingdom He has prepared for them." ~ Bl. Junipero
Through the inspiration of Bl Junipero Serra's life and work,
a lay apostolate that fosters and promotes vocations exists.
Consider joining this fruitful endeavor - on this, the Feast of Bl Junipero!
Serran Prayer For Vocations
O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner, but rather that he be converted and live, grant we beseech You, through the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, Saint Joseph, her spouse, Blessed Junipero Serra and all the saints, an increase of laborers for your Church, fellow laborers with Christ to spend and consume themselves for souls, through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen Via Serra USA.