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Students pet Tahoe the horse Aug. 25 outside Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco.

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Father Serra educational comic books donated to fourth graders
September 5th, 2012

In honoring the yearlong celebration of Father Junipero Serra’s 300th birthday, the Serra Cause for Canonization, along with St. Anthony Messenger Press, donated 2,000 educational comic books about Father Serra arriving in California to fourth graders in schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and religious education programs. This event was held Aug. 25 on the steps of Old Mission Dolores, or Mission San Francisco de Asis, one of the nine missions that Father Serra founded and visited.

Father Serra and the mission’s first administrator, Franciscan Father Francisco Palou, are credited with naming the city and county of San Francisco, and the entire region, after their patron, St. Francis of Assisi, making Mission San Francisco de Asis, or Mission Dolores, the birthplace of modern San Francisco.

The comic books will enhance the education of the recipients who will learn about the founding of modern California and Father Serra. A part of the celebration is the California Mission Ride, where a group of people are taking a 600-mile horseback ride on Father Serra’s original route on the El Camino Real from Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma, to Mission San Diego. Students from the Alliance of Mission District Catholic Schools, specifically St. Finn Barr and St. James, and religious education students from Mission Dolores Parish were in attendance to receive the comic books.

Along with the superintendent of Catholic schools, Maureen Huntington, and the archdiocesan director of religious education and youth ministry, Social Service Sister Celeste Arbuckle, Andrew Galvan, curator of the mission museum, presented the comic books.

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From September 7, 2012 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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