Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Happy Feast Day

Today is the feast day of Blessed Junipero Serra, founder of the renowned California Missions. We were delighted to be able to visit ten of those missions while in California in May, it was awesome! My three favorite of those were (and still are):

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission Santa Inez

A quiet, charming place with an incredible view, lovely grounds and a beautiful church. Located more in the country than most of the other Missions, it's a great place to imagine yourself back into the time of it's founding.

Mission San Carlos Borromeo better known as Carmel was absolutely gorgeous. One of my favorite parts was the little side chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of Bethlehem in which Pope John Paul II once prayed!

This woefully inadaquate summary of some of the most beautful missions will have to do for now. Stay tuned for ChesterCon, the Love2Learn gathering and hopefully more regarding our California trip.

1 comment:

Mamselle Duroc said...

How fortunate you were to visit the missions! Though I've lived in CA for the majority of my life, I've only ever been to one mission... and that was actually this past January on the way home from the March for Life with some TAC students... we stopped briefly for Mass.

I'm especially envious of your trip to Carmel. I've had family there from way back, and my Dad often tells us of the lovely times he spent there. I've always dreamed of going out there, but, alas, it hasn't happened yet!