SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — To Andrew Galvan, Blessed Junipero Serra is a stalwart of faith and mission worthy of the title “saint.” “He was all wood and nails. He was a tough dude. He fought, he defended, he wrangled, he was frustrated and he was frustrating,” Galvan told Catholic News Service. A descendant of tribal members from the San Francisco Bay region, Galvan traces his family roots to California’s first Christians, thousands of whom were baptized and confirmed by the 18th-century Spanish missionary. Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Sept. 23 in Washington. Galvan said he hopes to be there.

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