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Book chronicles Father Junipero Serra

Posted: May 2, 2014 9:30 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2014 9:30 p.m.

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Author Gregory Orfalea will be discussing his book “Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California” on Saturday, May 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The book chronicles Father Junipero Serra’s dream and the founding of California. Serra left Spain at 36, in 1749, destined for the New World.

The Franciscan priest's mandate was to travel to Mexico and later California, where Spain was counteracting Russian expansion, establishing a rest stop for Manilla Galleons to the Orient, and converting natives to Christianity. It was an undertaking that seemed impossible, given the vast distances, the challenges of an unforgiving landscape, and the danger posed by resistant native tribes.

Yet, by the time he died, at 71, Serra had traveled 14,000 miles, baptized and confirmed more than 6,000 Indians, and founded nine of California’s 21 missions.

Author Orfalea will read passages, answer questions, and sign his book at the Canyon Shopping Center.

Children are welcome and it should be especially interesting for kids who have studied the California Missions in 4th grade.

The event is sponsored by the Santa Clarita Orthodox Christian Outreach; the first in a series of cultural events and professional workshops that we will be presenting free of charge to the community as a way to give back to the community.

Hardback copies of “Journey to the Sun” will be available at the event for $20.

The Canyon Shopping Center and book signing is at 28200 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite A. Suite A is the corner space on the right hand side of the shopping center.

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