Catholic School Students to View Historic Canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra by Pope Francis


Nearly 1,500 Students to Gather at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to Celebrate America’s Newest Saint

Catholic school students from 35 middle and high schools from around the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will gather on Wednesday, September 23, at 12:55 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles to witness, via live transmission, the canonization of Father Junípero Serra. Students will view this historic event via a live broadcast as Pope Francis elevates the first Hispanic American saint.

The event will kick-off with a welcome by Cathedral Pastor, Monsignor Kevin Kostelnik. Before the canonization begins, Fr. Christopher Bazyouros, Director, Office of Religious Education, will provide students with a brief overview on the life and legacy of Fr. Junípero Serra, the significance of sainthood and the canonization process.

Fr. Serra founded the first nine of the 21 California Missions and is regarded by Pope Francis as one of the “founding fathers of the United States.”