As I did a search on the internet for information about Blessed Junipero (I knew today was his feast day) I found out that today, July 1, is the 300th anniversary of his birth! Click here for wonderful information about him. http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/californias-contribution-to-american-catholic-history/http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/assessing-father-serra-three-centuries-later/
There are 23 missions in California, nine were founded by Father Serra and the others by another Franciscan priest. (e.g. San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego etc.) However, Father Serra was somewhat involved with all of them. Many Californians, I am sure, have lost touch with the state's early Catholic roots. Catholic missionaries have been involved in much of this country's early history but sadly, today, the Church is being persecuted for its positions on social issues.
Let us pray to Blessed Junipero that he will implore God's blessing on our country.