By Allison Jarrell
In honor of Father Junípero Serra’s canonization by Pope Francis on Sept. 23, Mission San Juan Capistrano is honoring its founder with a week of celebratory events, including live streaming video of Pope Francis ordaining Serra as Saint Serra. Pope Francis is visiting the U.S. for the canonization and will perform the ceremony at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
The Mission’s celebration begins Sunday, Sept. 20, with a ceremonial bell ringing at 9 a.m., followed by a special tour at 2 p.m. The bell-ringing and tour will commence each day through Sept. 27, with the exception of Sept. 23. On Sept. 21, the Mission’s “Legacy of Saint Serra” exhibit will open, featuring Father Serra’s road to sainthood. Monsignor Arthur Holquin will give a lecture, “Legacy of Father Serra,” on Sept. 22 beginning at 10 a.m.
On Sept. 23, followed by the bell ringing at 9 a.m. and a moment of silence, the Mission will present live streaming in the central courtyard from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. of the papal mass and official canonization of Father Serra. A ceremonial bell-ringing will take place at noon.
The Mission’s celebration continues through Sept. 27 with a daily bell ringing at 9 a.m., special tours at 2 p.m. and the “Legacy of Saint Serra” exhibit.