Saint Junipero Serra's Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions

published by Franciscan Media | Trade Paperback | 256 pages
$ 18.99
Travel Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino Real in California with a pilgrim’s heart—and this book in hand— and prepare to continue, in your own way, the forward journey that he began in the 1700s. You’ll make your way to 21 missions, stretching from San Diego to Sonoma north of San Francisco Bay. The more you seek, the more you will find. The more you ask, the more you will receive. Such is the nature of a pilgrimage.
 
Each of the missions is a unique jewel and a spiritual oasis. Some are found wedged into cities; others are surrounded by mountains and valleys. They range from simple to ornate. The grounds are filled with bells, statues, fountains, and gardens, all symbols of life and feasts of color. Old Spanish mission art can be found next to Indian wall paintings. Symbols of piety from two centuries form a wonderful holy mix.
           
But author Stephen J. Binz does not gloss over the sometimes-painful historical aspects of the missions. The mission histories are difficult reading, documenting mistreatment and uprisings. But despite the many flaws of the Spanish mission system, the gospel still found ways in these missions to break through to hurting communities—and it continues to break through today.
 
For each of the 21 missions, this guide offers you the street address for your GPS, the mission’s website, a brief history of the place, the story of the mission’s patron or namesake, and information about the mission bells. You’ll be given a tour of the mission church, as well as a prayer service for your visit.
But this book is much more than a simple travel guide. You’ll learn more about the life of Saint Junípero Serra, whose vision is responsible for this holy Camino. You’ll be enriched by two interwoven traditions: the Spanish Franciscan and the American Indian. You’ll find yourself becoming more committed to being a missionary disciple, always desiring to communicate the reason for the joy and hope that is within you. 
Let the journey begin.

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J.B.
Nearly there.

The obvious has already been stated. Truly missed it by not having more pictures, including some better close ups and in color. To use this as a pilgrimage guide, it would be fantastic. To use it as an armchair pilgrimage because you can't make it in reality it truly missed out on a great opportunity.

I truly like the pre-mission chapters discussing the life of St. Serra, the politics at the time and some of the corresponding historical events that were happening elsewhere (writing of the Declaration of Independence while they were establishing the Mission of St. Francis of Assisi, or which mission was in a Hollywood film). These were great antidotes.

Particularly liked the specifics of each mission (founding, purpose, history, restoration, other sites near by, etc).; as well as the associated Bible chapter/verse and prayers. Really set the tone. However, because it was a geographical (South to North) progression, I was sometimes confused historically from one to the next. Not sure how to rectify that either.

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D.C.W.
I Made All But One

of the visits when i was able to do so except for San Antonio de Padua, which was within a military reservation to which i thought it would be difficult to obtain access and keep up with my schedule.

C
C.M.
Could be better

I liked the prayer for each mission but I agree with the other reviewer. Part of taking a pilgrimage is the visual response and there were just not enough pictures to make you feel you were really there.

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B.H.
Terribly disappointed to say the least

There are no worthwhile picture s for an arm-chair pilgrimage and
I was very disapppointed and expected to at least something more
helpful to visualize the various places and cannot understand why
those barely visible were even used, when there are so many ways
he could have at shown something . I will not recommend this book
unless one has a subscription to a source to obtain them.

Stephen J. Binz is an award-winning author and Catholic biblical scholar, holding graduate degrees from the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, with additional studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written over forty books in biblical theology, commentary, and spirituality. In addition, he is a popular speaker, offering keynotes and addresses at national, regional, and diocesan conference, as well as education for priests and parish leaders, missions, and retreats. [Shortened version can end here.] Binz has developed study programs in the Bible for three decades and is the founder and author of Threshold Bible Study, offering study of Scripture to parishes internationally. He is also a pilgrimage leader, offering tours to biblical lands and other sacred sites. He has earned four First Place certificates in the "Excellence in Publishing Awards" of the Association of Catholic Publishers and a First Place and Second Place with the Catholic Press Association. He lives with his wife Pamela in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You may see his speaking topics and publications at www.Bridge-B.com.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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J
J.B.
Nearly there.

The obvious has already been stated. Truly missed it by not having more pictures, including some better close ups and in color. To use this as a pilgrimage guide, it would be fantastic. To use it as an armchair pilgrimage because you can't make it in reality it truly missed out on a great opportunity.

I truly like the pre-mission chapters discussing the life of St. Serra, the politics at the time and some of the corresponding historical events that were happening elsewhere (writing of the Declaration of Independence while they were establishing the Mission of St. Francis of Assisi, or which mission was in a Hollywood film). These were great antidotes.

Particularly liked the specifics of each mission (founding, purpose, history, restoration, other sites near by, etc).; as well as the associated Bible chapter/verse and prayers. Really set the tone. However, because it was a geographical (South to North) progression, I was sometimes confused historically from one to the next. Not sure how to rectify that either.

D
D.C.W.
I Made All But One

of the visits when i was able to do so except for San Antonio de Padua, which was within a military reservation to which i thought it would be difficult to obtain access and keep up with my schedule.

C
C.M.
Could be better

I liked the prayer for each mission but I agree with the other reviewer. Part of taking a pilgrimage is the visual response and there were just not enough pictures to make you feel you were really there.

B
B.H.
Terribly disappointed to say the least

There are no worthwhile picture s for an arm-chair pilgrimage and
I was very disapppointed and expected to at least something more
helpful to visualize the various places and cannot understand why
those barely visible were even used, when there are so many ways
he could have at shown something . I will not recommend this book
unless one has a subscription to a source to obtain them.