NOTICE: I am a practicing Catholic, active and in good-standing with my local parish, who professes faith and loyalty to the Church. This ministry - my "little work" - is strictly a personal expression of that faith and loyalty, and not an officially recognized ministry in the Diocese of Honolulu. ~ Peter

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

St. Junipero Serra's Relic comes to Hawaii...

"Always forward, never back!"

~ St. Junipero Serra

The official flyer for this event
[click on the photo to view a larger image]
This evening, Honolulu's Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa had the privilege of hosting a genuine relic from St. Junipero Serra (not in the custody of this ministry); the famed Franciscan priest from Spain who founded 9 missions in California, and because of it, is popularly acclaimed as the "Apostle of California". He was recently canonized by Pope Francis last year in September 2015.

The veneration event, which was sponsored jointly by the Diocese of Honolulu and the local Serra Club, coincided with a Eucharistic Holy Hour, and was presided over by Bishop Larry Silva for the specific purpose of praying for religious vocations in Hawaii and throughout the world.

In addition to the public veneration of St. Junipero's 1st Class Relic, the event included the exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the recitation of the Holy Rosary. It was nice to see the big turnout of people who came to this special prayer service to welcome the visiting relic and to fervently pray for such a worthy cause. It also just goes to show that there are still Catholics around who are interested in our spiritual heroes - the Saints - and enthusiastic over making a personal connection with them through their blessed remains.

May St. Junipero Serra, from his place in Heaven, bless us and intercede for us; obtaining for the Universal Catholic Church abundant holy vocations.

Our Hawaii Faithful, gathered in the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa (the Little Flower) to spiritually unite
with St. Junipero Serra in praying for increased religious vocations before our Eucharistic Lord.

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