Our Lady of Guadalupe
On December 9, 1531, Our Lady appeared before Juan Diego—now Saint Juan Deigo—outside of Mexico City. Over the course of eight years, over nine million natives were converted to Christianity by a small group of Franciscans. This is all attributed to the special blessings and the power of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Glory of God.
Saint Junipero Serra
In 1749, Junipero Serra—now Saint Junipero Serra—left Europe as a Franciscan missionary with the mission of converting the natives of America to Christianity. He served as President of the Missions of California. He was instrumental in founding many of them. Serra’s passion was preaching and teaching the Gospel.