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150 pilgrims from archdiocese prepare for Serra canonization

September 11, 2015
Lorena Rojas
San Francisco Catolico

Pilgrims from throughout the archdiocese gathered with Father Moises Agudo, archdiocesan Vicar for Spanish-speaking, Aug. 16 at St. Peter Church in San Francisco to learn details about their pilgrimage to the canonization of the Blessed Junípero Serra.

The group will leave from San Francisco International Airport Sept. 22 and will attend the canonization Mass Sept. 23 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. D.C. The group will return Sept. 25, said Rosario Haro, assistant coordinator of the pilgrimage.

Father Agudo confirmed hat the tickets to the basilica are reserved for the 150 pilgrims.

All the pilgrims from the archdiocese will dress in a T-shirts with a photo of Blessed Serra and this text: “Canonización de Fray Juníparo Serra Santo de California – 09/23/15.”

Eight priests of the Archdiocese are part of the pilgrimage: Father Juan M. Lopez; Father Maikol Brillante; Father Erick Araúz; Father Lawrence Goode; Father Raymond Reyes; Father Paul Rossi; Msgr. José Rodríguez and Father Agudo. Four nuns from Madre de Dios congregation will participate: Sisters Rocio Aguilar, Cristina Isabel Ake, Cecilia Lozano and Gisela Ruiz. The sisters at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in East Palo Alto.

The pilgrims will gather again before the trip on Sunday, Sept. 20 for a Mass with Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice, Msgr. Rodríguez and Father Agudo in St. Peter Church.

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