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A Discussion on three missionary explorer priests: Junípero Serra, O.F.M.; Eusebio Kino, S.J.; and Jacques Marquette, S.J.

Founding Padres

A Discussion on three missionary/explorer/priests:
Junípero Serra, O.F.M.; Eusebio Kino, S.J.; and Jacques Marquette, S.J.

April 22nd, 2015
3 p.m.-5 p.m.


Founding Padres was a lively discussion that considered the intersection of Serra’s canonization with Pope Francis’ visit to Congress. We learned about Serra, Kino, and Marquette and considered their contributions to U.S. history and to the growth of the church.



Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, a proponent of the cause of sainthood for Eusebio Kino

Dr. Steven Hackel, Professor of History at University of California-Riverside, author of “Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father”

Dr. Tracy Neal Leavelle, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts at Creighton University, author of “The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversions in French and Indian North America”

Rev. Gerald Fogarty, S.J., William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia

Rev. Joe Nangle, O.F.M., is an associate pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Arlington, Va., where his ministry is primarily to the Latino community. He served as a missionary in Latin America for 15 years.



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