Bl Junipero Serra


The records indicate that the young Franciscan priest preached hundreds of sermons, conferences and missions in these years on his home island of Majorca. This zeal for souls, combined with an intense spiritual life turned his eyes to the New World and to the pagan souls that still needed baptism.

In 1749, Father Serra reached the decision to go to these souls, and for the remaining thirty-five years of his life he drove himself forward with such Christ-like charity that Father Maynard Geiger, in his monumental life of Serra, is impelled to sub-title the work “The man who never turned back.”

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