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Statue of Father Junipero Serra, Mission San Gabriel Arcangel
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Fray Junipero Serra (1713-1784) was a Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the mission chain in Alta California. Serra joined the Franciscan Order at the age of seventeen; received his Franciscan habit in 1730 and took the name Junipero; was ordained in 1737; became a missionary in 1749; and was commissioned by King Charles III of Spain to lead the Franciscans into Alta California (present day California). Fr. Serra traveled across the border to Alta California on July 1, 1769 and established his first mission, San Diego de Alcala. He then journeyed by sea to the capital of Alta California: Monterey, where he founded his second mission, San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo (also known as St. Charles Borromeo by the Carmel River). Fr. Serra established an additional seven missions during his lifetime: San Antonio (1771), San Gabriel (1771), San Luis Obispo (1772), San Francisco (1776), San Juan Capistrano (1776), Santa Clara (1777), and San Buenaventura (1784). In total, Serra founded nine missions over a span of 800 miles. He died of tuberculosis on August 28, 1785 at the age of 70 at Mission San Carlos Borromeo, where his grave lies today under the sanctuary floor in the front altar of the San Carlos. Fray Junipero Serra was beatified in Rome on September 25, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
Statue of Father Juni´pero Serra, located on the grounds of Mission San Gabriel Arcangel. It shows a stone base with the statue atop it, in a fenced-in area. The base reads: "Father Juni´pero Serra - One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary - San Gabriel Mission - 1771-1921".
1 photographic print :b&w ;17 x 10 cm. on sheet 18 x 13 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Missions-San Gabriel-Arcangel.
Serra, Juni´pero,--Saint,--1713-1784
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
Missions, Spanish--California--San Gabriel
Statues--California--San Gabriel
Cruzado, Antonio
San Gabriel (Calif.)

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