|July 13, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 13 • Oakland, CA|
| 'Serra — Saint and Sinner' presentation in Fremont
The operative word in the title of the upcoming presentation about Father Junipero Serra, to soon-to-be-canonized founder of the California missions, is "and."
There has been quite a lot of conversation since January, when the Vatican announced the long-awaited canonization of the founder of the California mission system, who was beatified in 1988.
The canonization on Sept. 23 in Washington is unlikely to end the conversation. "As a practicing Catholic," Medina said, "I understand the need to be critical of this canonization." It's important, he said, to point out why there is criticism, and the impact the mission system had on the native people.
Galvan, who favors canonization and plans to be in Washington for the Mass, points out recent events that show the church's inroads in reaching out to the ancestors of the people who lived in the missions.
Members of the Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone Tribe, he said, recently made "their first return visit in 250 years" to Mission Carmel, where they were greeted by Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia.
Franciscan hospitality has been extended at Mission Santa Barbara, he said, and an event at Mission San Juan Bautista is on the calendar.
At the presentation in Fremont, Galvan will discuss the process of sainthood; the history of the Serra cause; offer a brief biography; and why the church is considering him for sainthood.
Galvan and Medina will bring with them a traveling exhibit of Ohlone culture, and welcome the opportunity for conversation with participants.
To register for the presentation, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or http://bit.ly/MSJSerra. Lunch is included, in the event, which is scheduled from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. The suggested donation of $25 can be made at the door.
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