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Serra’s life and legacy topic of area gatherings July 24-25

July 17, 2015

The life and legacy of Father Junipero Serra is the topic of a panel discussion at Santa Clara University and July 24 and a presentation July 25 in Fremont by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

“Junipero Serra: The Man Behind the Canonization Controversy” takes place July 24 from noon-1 p.m. at the SCU’s Harrington Learning Commons, St. Clare Room. The event is co-sponsored by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.

Rose Marie Beebe, professor of Spanish, modern language and literatures at SCU, and Robert Senkewicz, professor of history at SCU will speak about their just-completed book “Junipero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015. Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter and Visiting Scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, moderates.

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose’s Center for Education & Spirituality hosts “Junipero Serra – Saint and Sinner,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 25 in the auditorium at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Andrew Galvan and Vincent Medina, cousins and Ohlone Mission Indians and Catholics who work at Mission Dolores in San Francisco, offer different opinions on the upcoming canonization of Father Serra.

Register at http://bit.ly/MSJSerra or tschmidt@msjdominicans.org. A $25 donation is payable at the door and includes lunch. Registration begins at 9:30am.

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