Timeline of key events in life and ministry of Blessed Junipero Serra

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August 12, 2015

A statue of Blessed Junipero Serra in the cemetery and garden at at Mission San Francisco de Asis, also known as Old Mission Dolores, in San Francisco. In the back is an Ohlone ruway, a traditional California coastal native house made of tule. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) See SERRA-TIMELINE July 30, 2015.

A statue of Blessed Junipero Serra in the cemetery and garden at at Mission San Francisco de Asis, also known as Old Mission Dolores, in San Francisco. In the back is an Ohlone ruway, a traditional California coastal native house made of tule. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CS) — Here is a timeline of key points in the life, ministry and sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish missionary to California. Pope Francis is scheduled to canonize the Franciscan friar Sept. 23 during his visit to Washington.

— 1713: Born and baptized Miquel Joseph Nov. 24 in Petra on Mallorca Island in the Mediterranean Sea. His humble family lives near the Franciscan Convento de San Bernardino, where the Serras attend Mass and the young Miquel begins his studies.

— 1730: Arrives in Palma, enrolls at notable Franciscan school, becomes a novice at 16.

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