Santa Clara University is not to be missed if you are in California

Mission Santa Clara de Asis was founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1777, the 8th of 21 California missions. Originally settled along the banks of the Guadalupe River, the mission was relocated to this site in 1822 because of natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes and floods. In 1926, the original adobe was destroyed byContinue reading “Santa Clara University is not to be missed if you are in California”

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Tucson, Az: Mission San Xavier del Bac

On January 2011, I was one of the visitors who flocked to the Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of the few Spanish colonial missions in the US still serving the native peoples it was built for. I was on Tertianship, the last stage in Jesuit formation. Together with my fellow priests, I was coming fromContinue reading “Tucson, Az: Mission San Xavier del Bac”

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And He Said Goodbye

And he says goodbye. Alejandro’s* plan is to return to the United States, taking off somewhere in Mexico and then walk across the Cerro Pinacate desert, a hostile, black, and barren landscape. It is a long stretch of inhospitality, little surface water and heat, with temperatures as high as 120Β° F. He cannot settle inContinue reading “And He Said Goodbye”

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