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When the Spanish discovered America, they were in search of wealth and empire, but one of their goals was spiritual: to win souls for Christ. One center of these efforts was the coast of California. Over 54 years, between 1769 and 1823, a number of Franciscan friars, originally led by St. Junipero Serra (1713-84), founded 21 Spanish missions along 600 miles of the California coast, from San Diego to Carmel. These missions were churches where Mass and the other sacraments were celebrated, but they were also centers of technology and learning where European skills, such as agriculture and animal husbandry, were taught to the indigenous population, which greatly enhanced aspects of their lives. Many of these missions are still active churches today. During our California Missions Pilgrimage, we will visit 8 of the 21 Spanish missions. Our journey back in time to the late 1700s and early 1800s will traverse 600 miles in a series of short drives, generally less than an hour each, along the spectacular California coastline.
“Always go forward, never go back.”— St. Junipero Serra
As pilgrims, we, too, will “go forward” both physically and spiritually, on this journey that will weave our inner and outer being into a fabric of presence, attention and response… The presence of God in sacred spaces and in the heartbreakingly beautiful landscapes and seascapes of the California coastline… Attention to those who went before us in prayer and labor, to those who live and work in the California Missions today, and to those who will come after us in the next generations… Daily we will “break bread” together and walk amid God’s beautiful creation, sharing ourselves, our stories, weaving our individual threads into a richly-hued tapestry. This pilgrimage, with these pilgrims, will be unique, never to be repeated.