Saint Junípero Serra
. . . must-read for high school students in California’s Catholic schools.
Kathleen H. Aikenhead
President, William H. Hannon Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
. . . a deeply personal and moving account of his search for the real Serra.
Retired Archivist, Archdiocese of San Francisco
. . . easy to read and has good points about the political storm swirling around Fr Serra’s historical impact.
Sr. Teresa Christe
MSSR Theology Dept./Campus Ministry
Cardinal Newman High School, Santa Rosa, CA
. . . [it] will serve Catholic students well in courses like California History, American History as well as in Church History.
Rev. Thomas J. Elewaut
Pastor, San Buenaventura Mission, Ventura, CA
. . . destined to be a hit!
Former Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of San Francisco
. . . a helpful resource for people of faith of all ages to see the blessings of Serra’s witness to the Gospel life and what he can teach us today about effective evangelization.
Fr. Tommy King, O.F.M.
Former Pastor, Saint Boniface Church, San Francisco, CA (excerpt from foreword)
. . . most enjoyable and could very easily be used in the school setting.
Msgr. Sal Pilato
Superintendent of High Schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Who Was Saint Junípero Serra?
When Pope Francis canonized Junípero Serra in 2015, he sought to point the Church’s eyes to a series of intersecting issues in the life of the Church – the centrality of evangelization at the heart of ecclesial life; the immense contribution which the Hispanic community in the United States has made to the life of the Church and the nation; and how Catholics understand their own history as a combination of apostolic zeal at times flawed by the distorted perspectives of every age. Christian Clifford has contributed to each of these themes in a readily understandable way in his book Who Was Saint Junípero Serra? Using narrative presentations to illustrate the perspectives of those who were influenced by Serra in his richly diverse contributions to the life of the Church in Spain, Mexico and modern day California, this book affectionately speaks to the many dimensions of the Serra experience as it continues to the present day.
Most Reverend Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego
Christian Clifford has made the story of Franciscan Saint Junípero Serra, OFM, come alive for a new generation of young people. With original illustrations that accompany the creative vignettes from the various vantage points of those Serra would have encountered during his life, this book captures the imagination and informs the mind. This is an excellent companion for students learning about Saint Junípero and the California Missions!
Daniel P. Horan, OFM
Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), and author, Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith.
In his new book, Who Was Saint Junipero Serra?, author Christian Clifford provides readers with a thoughtful and very accessible look at not only the life of the Saint, but also the world in which he grew up and eventually came to evangelize. Through his excellent researching, the author allows the voices of others who were with the Mallorcan missionary to contribute to the fabric of the story, and helps the reader gain insight into the multiple sides of some of the controversies surrounding St. Junípero’s work. The structure of the book lends itself well to classroom study, but even readers who are not in school should appreciate this addition to the Saint Junipero Serra library. With nicely rendered illustrations by Kelsey Lansang.
Maureen Pratt, author of Don’t Panic!: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough (Franciscan Media)