Home vocation Lecture by Fr. Foeckler (Sept. 18, 2015)

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      Date: 9/18/2015    6:30pm                                Place: St. Paul
      Hasang Church

      Speaker: Fr. Foeckler                                       Topic: BL. Junipero Sierra and Saints       


      Junipero Serra Ferrer, O.F.M.,
      (November 24, 1713 – August 28, 1784) was a Spanish Franciscan friar who

      founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish
      missions in California from San Diego to 

      San Francisco,
      which at the time were in Alta California in the Province of Las
      Californias in New Spain. 

      He began in San Diego on July 16, 1769, and
      established his headquarters near the Presidio of Monterey,

      but soon moved
      a few miles south to establish 
      Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo in
      today’s Carmel, 


      The missions were primarily designed to bring the Catholic
      Christian faith to the native peoples. 

      Other aims were to integrate the
      neophytes into Spanish society, and to train them to take over ownership

      management of the land. 

      As head of the order in California, Serra not only
      dealt with church officials, but also with Spanish officials in 

      Mexico City and
      with the local military officers who commanded the nearby presidio (garrison).

      Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on
      September 25, 1988, and Pope Francis expects to canonize him

      September 2015 during his first visit to the United States.  – from Wikipedia


      We reflect on Junipero Serra’s faith along with the faith
      of many saints,

      they     – gave their lives for God and others

                   – obeyed God and His will

                   – put
      God first and everything else second

      believed in great faith

      spread the word about God, Jesus and Church

                   – sacrificed their lives

      but mostly they LOVED God and others greatly.


      The saints are what we modern day people can call as

      They LOVED above and beyond the call of duty.


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