Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,755 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Diocese begins Serra anniversary celebrations with Panetta talk

Catholic World News - December 11, 2012

The Diocese of Monterey has launched a yearlong series of initiatives commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Junipero Serra (1713-84), who founded Franciscan missions throughout California.

“I think it’s a beautiful opportunity too for our people to really not only commemorate Blessed Serra and the 300th anniversary of his birth but also to follow the teaching of our Holy Father Benedict XVI to have this Year of Faith and to really have that personal encounter with Christ our Savior,” Bishop Richard Garcia told Vatican Radio.

“I’ve asked all seven of our missions to incorporate the two, not only to honor and commemorate Blessed Serra but also to do something for the Year of Faith,” he added. “Now, some of the missions are having more retreats for example, some of the missions are offering days of prayer, some of them will have concerts.”

The anniversary commemorations began on November 24 with a $75-per-plate event at the Carmel Mission Basilica. The keynote speaker was Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, a Monterey native with a strong track record of supporting legalized abortion.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($126,248 to go):
$150,000.00 $23,751.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Savonarola - Dec. 11, 2012 7:52 PM ET USA

    Serra ... SI ! Panetta ... NO ! Very poor judgment in picking this speaker.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Synod: It's a Wrap! 8 hours ago
A chaotic synod? Not in its results 9 hours ago
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat 15 hours ago
When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics October 20
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6