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

published by Franciscan Media | Trade Paperback | 256 pages
$ 18.99
Travelers following Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino Real in California with a pilgrim’s heart—and this book in hand—will make their way to 21 missions established in the 1700s, stretching from San Diego to Sonoma north of San Francisco Bay. For each mission, this guide provides the street address, 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. A true pilgrimage, the experience of following Saint Serra’s Camino can be a transformative and enriching one.

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Based on 6 reviews

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

California's Camino

These days when we hear the terms "Camino" and "pilgrimage" in one breath, we think of the walking pilgrimage of the Camino Santiago in Spain. Stephen Binz' book title, "Saint Junipero Serra's Camino" may give one a false sense that this is a guidebook on walking the California Missions "Camino." This is not the case; but it is a great book which describes all the Missions (history, patron saints, museums, devotions, etc.) for however means you make your pilgrimage. There are few photos of the sites in this book.

If you are looking for a guidebook to walk the "California Camino," this is not the book for you. But, if you wish general knowledge and a good means to aid your pilgrimage for each site, this is a great resource.

Well, done Mr. Binz!

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.

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.

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.

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

Product Type:  Book

Item Number:  #B53128

ISBN:  9781632531285

Publication Date:  2/10/2017

BISAC:  RELIGION / Christian Living / Inspirational

Imprint:  Franciscan Media

Trim Size:  139.7 mm X 215.9 mm X
(Approx. 5.5 in X 8.5 in X )

Pages:  256

List Price:  $ 18.99

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