Book Review: Saint Juniperp Sierra’s Camino

Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino

A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions
by Stephen J. Binz

Franciscan Media


Pub Date 10 Feb 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing s copy of Saint Junipero Sierra’s Camino through the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

California has for a long time been known for its twenty one missions, the Sunday Service inside these missions rotate from English to Spanish and sometimes includes Vietnamese, Haitian and Portuguese.

Miguel Jose Sera was born in the city of Petra off the Eastern Coast of Spain in 1713, in his youth he was educated by the Franciscan’s in his youth, he decided to pursue a career in service to the church.  

The Original Saint Junipero was a thirteenth century Franciscan brother, and a companion to Saint Francis of Assisi.

Fray Junipero Sera was ordained priest in 1737 and would receive his doctorate in 1742 where he would be appointed chair in Theology at the prestigious Pontifical, Imperial, Royal, and Literary University of Mallorca, best known as the Llullian University.  But the longing of his heart was to become an apostolitic missionary.

Padre Sera is considered the “Father of California”. In 1783 the Father made a final pilgrimage to California, by late Summer 1784 the frail Father was dying.

 Christianity was officially implanted in California on July,16, 1769 when the soldiers raised the cross and Father Sera blessed it.  Amongst the earliest converts were the Native Americans.

Saint Junipero Sierra’s Camino offers a pilgrimage along with a concise yet detailed history of California’s twenty one missions.

Five out of five Stars

Happy Reading!!!


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