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El Viaje de Portolá Named Honoree for Mission Preservation Foundation Benefit Gala and Broadway Star David Burnham is Featured Artist

Readers of this blog know that we are big fans of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. From its founding by Father Junipero Serra in 1776, to the tragedy of the Great Stone Church to the iconic annual return of the swallows, our beloved Mission is the heart of Orange County history and a fixture of [...]

Happy Birthday, Dana Point!

On June 7, 1988, Dana Point votes to incorporate as a city. Originally, the community considered naming itself “Serra” in honor of Father Junipero Serra, but shifted that honor to pioneering sailor Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Celebrate Junípero Serra’s 300th Birthday at the Mission

We’ve already referred you to Jan Siegel’s excellent biography of Father Junípero Serra in this month’s Capistrano Dispatch. Below are the details of the Mission’s celebration of Father Serra’s 300th birthday:

The event schedule mentioned in the graphic can be accessed here (PDF).


Jan Siegel’s Biography of Father Junípero Serra

One of our favorite local columnists is the Capistrano Dispatch’s Jan Siegel and her Moments in Time column. This month, she has given us a detailed and well-written biography of Father Junípero Serra.

Father Junipero Serra (image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Fr. Junípero Serra, who [...]