StJuniperoSerra“Father Serra (1713-1784), the missions’ founder, was a tireless, devoted humble man who was adored by the Indians, the soldiers, and his religious colleagues alike.” James D. Horan, The Great American West, (Crown, 1959)

“The purpose of the Church is to spread the kingdom of Christ so that all men may be saved and that through them the world may be effectively ordered to Christ.” Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation, 1986

It’s worth noting that when California was brought into the Union (1850) it was as a free state, not a slave state as various Protestant dominated states had self-identified.

Sculpture of Serra by: Pablo Serrano