Tuesday, August 23, 2011

WYD Update #4: St. Rose of Lima & Santa Rosa, CA


For Northern California and Bay Area Catholics particularly today, we celebrate the first canonized saint born in the Americas: St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617).

The Diocese of Santa Rosa, which was recently blessed with a new ordinary, Bishop Robert F. Vasa, as the 6th Bishop of Santa Rosa, is named after this saint.  All of the S.R. Diocese touches the Pacific Ocean along the western coastland of California and reaches from Sonoma County up to the Oregon border.

The history of the diocese of this rose saint has roots in the last of Bl. Junipero Serra's mission which was founded in Sonoma in 1823, on the Feast of  St. Rose of Lima.

The lay Dominican saint is also one of the patron saints for World Youth Day Madrid.

HW: Consider visiting this area and learning more of the historical roots of our Faith in Northern California.


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