Nov. 24, 1713 Petra Provincia de Islas Baleares Islas Baleares, Spain
Aug. 28, 1784 Carmel-by-the-Sea Monterey County California, USA
Father Blessed Junipero Serra was ordained in Spain in 1737 as a Franciscan priest. He was sent to Mexico City in 1750. In 1768, at the age of 56, he founded the first mission in San Diego, California. At the time of his death, he had established a total of nine missions. A total of 21 missions were eventually established along the El Camino Real - from San Diego to Sonora - a distance of 700 miles. He was beatified by Pop John Paul on September 25, 1988. His feast day is July 1. He is buried beneath the floor of the sanctuary at Mission San Carlos, Borromeo de Carmelo (Carmel).