Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit

Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sala

Saint Junipero Serra (1713 – 1784) was founder of the first nine of the 21 California missions including Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776.  A man of uncompromised optimism and zeal, Saint Serra played a significant role in establishing the mission system and laying a foundation for what would become the state of California.

The exhibit explores Serra’s early life as a scholar, his journey to the Americas, his missionary training in establishing nine of the 21 California missions, his legacy and his significant role at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Items on display in the exhibit include a statue of Father Serra by Juan de Avalos (1986), 18th century Spanish painting of Our Lady of Refuge, the Patroness of both Californias, the Mission’s original baptismal shell used by Serra, a reproduction of the cross Serra wore and was buried with, and more.