First Christmas in California

In 1768, Father Junipero Serra was appointed to build a chain of missions in Spain’s vast—but as yet un-colonized—territory known as Alta California. Serra’s associate Father Juan Crespi, who arrived in San Diego overland from Baja California on May 14, 1769, recorded the first Christmas celebration in the new land. Continue reading First Christmas in California

Women’s History Month Remembers Sister Mary Baptist Russell

Sister Mary Russell

Only twenty-five and a nun for a mere six years, Sister Mary Baptist Russell was chosen as Superior when a group of eight Sisters of Mercy from the Kinsale Convent in Ireland accepted a plea from the newly created Continue reading Women’s History Month Remembers Sister Mary Baptist Russell