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Saint Junipero Serra's Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions Paperback – February 10, 2017
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“Just as for centuries pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, this concise volume will encourage a similar Camino to the twenty-one missions in our state. Binz’s California history is correct, his prayer-guide devotional, and his artistic descriptions captivating.” —Michael C. Barber, S.J., bishop of Oakland
“I am most pleased to endorse this superb and very timely new book written by Stephen J. Binz. I see this book as a tremendous addition to our library of significant works telling the story of the life and legacy of St. Junipero Serra and his companions, and helping us in trying to build bridges.” —Richard J. Garcia, bishop of Monterey
“I am very grateful to recommend this work of Stephen J. Binz.... I find that his personal descriptions of the missions beautifully describe the reality of Faith, prayer and history that is evident at each of the missions. This is especially true of Mission San Juan Capistrano, where I frequently visit as the bishop of the diocese where this mission is located, and where I like to stop and pray in the ‘Serra Chapel’.” —Kevin W. Vann, bishop of Orange
“Part hagiography of a courageous missionary, part honest historical reference, and part handy travelogue, Stephen Binz’s Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino is first and foremost a spiritual preparation and call to action in our own sharing of the Good News of the Gospel. With keen detail and deep spirituality, Binz encourages each of us to fully embrace our role in the New Evangelization by following in the footsteps of California’s spiritual giant, St. Junipero Serra. This Californian can’t wait to journey with Binz to discover Father Serra’s journey in bringing the faith to my home state and beyond!” —Lisa M. Hendey, founder of the Catholic Mom blog and author of the Chime Travelers series
“What an extraordinary pilgrim’s guide this is! This book shows how to maximize a pilgrimage experience and make its graces and challenges a part of one’s ongoing spiritual development. It is invaluable for anyone wanting to understand Junípero Serra.” —Murray Bodo, OFM, author, Francis: The Journey and the Dream
“Few writers are as dependably accessible and warmly instructive as Stephen Binz. Anyone looking for a new way of pursuing spiritual growth, and a generous introduction to one of the Church’s newest saints, will be enriched by this wonderful book.” —Elizabeth Scalia, editor-in-chief at Aleteia and author, Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life
“Stephen Binz has written an excellent volume. It makes an important contribution to popular studies of Saint Junipero Serra, and it will be a great help to people who are visiting the California missions.” —Robert Senkewicz, professor of history at Santa Clara University, author, Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary
“Stephen J. Binz has studied and learned the purpose of the California missions and their place in the history of the West Coast of America. I welcome this book and pray that it will assist future readers to assimilate and further the notion of evangelization, and how it will figure into the final analysis of missionary work along El Camino Real.” —Msgr. Francis J. Weber, scholar of California Catholic history
“I recommend this book to everybody, whether you are journeying along the California Camino or staying in the comfort of your own home. This is an all-in-one and must-have resource for anyone interested in learning more about the missions and the newest American Saint who founded them.” —Daniel P. Horan, OFM, author, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton
“This book by Stephen J. Binz provides a timely, comprehensive, and liturgically invaluable resource for those seeking to balance the historical and spiritual dimensions of their experience.…. Binz effectively guides the reader through the evangelization of California by way of a heartfelt reconciliation of words, deeds, prayers, and cultural histories not often appreciated in today’s increasingly secular world.” —Rubén G. Mendoza, PhD, RPA, California State University, author, The California Missions Source Book
“In California our El Camino and its missions offers wayfarer pilgrims a range of meaningful experiences and relevant insight into the life of California’s Founding Father, Saint Junípero Serra.… From rugged coastlines to serene vast valleys, each step of El Camino is at the crossroads of history serving as a living rosary chain of our faith. Definitely recommend for those taking the journey.” —Jewel-Sean Yahut Gentry, MA Ed., California Missions Coordinator, Diocese of Monterey, Carmel
“Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino by Stephen Binz is an excellent guide for the pilgrim who wants to walk with the saint. I heartily endorse the book.” —John Cella, OFM, director of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs
“An excellent resource for catechetical ministers and for all who align their lives more closely with the Gospel of Jesus and embark on the journey of transformation as missionary disciples.” —Edith Prendergast, RSC, former director of religious education, archdiocese of Los Angeles
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Like no other this book offers a little something for everyone. There is the wonderful summary and history of the Missions and Junipero Serra, which actually enticed me to read more about the now saint in a fuller biography, though the one provided in this work will suffice for anyone wanting to know about him.
Then there is the historical look at what the Missions did and did not do in history. The author takes the extreme versions of history - where the clergy were all great people who worked well with native folks, and ones where there was much oppression and forced enslavery and takes it to an understandable middle - where there are humans there will be bad ones and there will be disagreement, strife and more. I felt this book did a wonderful job of providing an honest look at the Missions, their history, and where that went right and where it went awry.
Finally, the book is for the traveler and offers everything you would want if you considering some of all of these places, including intricate looks at what you might find that will surprise you and may not be widely known.
So, part bio, part history, part travel pamphlet - these elements are drawn together in a tight, enjoyable and very readable book. Whether you want to travel by armchair, or wear out some shoe leather, and/or immerse yourself into some history you will enjoy this book!
However, it never occurred to me that there is a camino of sorts in the United States. California has a well known string of twenty-one missions stretching from San Diego to San Francisco. On foot, on bike, or by car, that is within my reach. Stephen J. Binz has written an eminently usable guidebook which has all the usual practical travel guide info, ranging from GPS to area history to mission bell names.
I learned a lot about California's early history that I never knew before, including details about problems between native people, colonists, and soldiers. Binz also includes that the unintended consequences of Spanish evangelization which didn't always work out for either the missionaries or the natives. I really respected Binz's acknowledgement that history is never simple as we like to paint it, while he sorted through each mission's story.
What makes this more than a travel guide, however, is that Binz takes care to feed the traveler's spiritual side. He explores each mission's patron with the lessons they have for us in our times. Each entry includes a litany and spiritual readings from scripture or missionary letters. These are designed to make each mission visit into a visit with Our Lord.
The only thing I'd change would be to include more photos of each location and to print them in color. But if you want to make a camino pilgrimage, this is the most complete resource I can imagine.