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Serra, Junípero (1713–1784)

  1. David B. Warner

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1245

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Warner, D. B. 2011. Serra, Junípero (1713–1784). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Spanish Majorcan missionary to the New World, Blessed Junípero Serra is known as the “Apostle of California.” His statue is one of only 100 “Founding Fathers” honored in the American Capitol's Hall of Fame. Padre (Spanish for “Father”) or Fray (“Brother”) Serra was a spiritual giant who personified some of the noblest contributions of Christian civilization, including the call to holiness, academic excellence, and authentic Christian mission.


  • Serra, Junípero (1713–1784);
  • “apostle of California”;
  • El Viejo, the “old man”