- Name: Junpero Serra
- Born: 11/24/1713
- Died: 08/28/1784 (70 years old)
Junípero Serra y Ferrer, O.F.M. (/ /; Spanish:[xuˈnipeɾo ˈsera], Catalan: Juníper Serra i Ferrer; November 24, 1713? August 28, 1784), was a Roman Catholic Spanish priest and friar of the Franciscan Order who founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, in what was then Alta California in the Province of Las Californias, New Spain. Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988, in the Vatican City. Pope Francis canonised him on September 23, 2015, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during his first visit to the United States. His missionary efforts earned him the title of Apostle of California.
Birth Name: Miguel José Serra Ferrer
Birth Place: Petra, Majorca, Spain
Death Place: Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, Las Californias, New Spain, Spanish Empire (modern day Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.)