Junípero Serra: Pioneer, Missionary, Saint

Junípero Serra: Pioneer, Missionary, Saint

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Publisher: Cluny Media
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 230
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Junípero Serra, “the Apostle of California,” possessed an intrepid, pioneering nature, a missionary spirit, and—as evidenced by his 2015 canonization—a saintly heart. Originally published in 1933, this life of Serra is, in the words of editor Jeremy Beer, “one of the best non-academic biographies of a saint ever to be written in the English language.” Detailing the legacy of the saint’s “troubled and triumphant career,” Repplier charts Serra’s course from professor of philosophy to president of the California missions, providing great insight into the character of the saint, the missionary and native cultures, and the vast tableau of historical figures and events of the period.To tell the life of a saint is a work of history as much as it is a project of evangelical zeal. Junípero Serra: Pioneer, Missionary, Saint unifies these endeavors. As Beer writes in closing his Introduction: “May this book serve to reintroduce both St. Serra and Agnes Repplier, two extraordinary children of the Church, to a world that unjustly impugns the one, and has unjustly forgotten the other.”
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