Next Nativity Men’s Group
February 1, 2024
Speaker: Patrick Laurence
Topic: Junípero Serra On Trial: Criminal or Saint?
The canonization of California's first saint has been dogged by controversy. While some contend that Serra lived a holy life marked by the exercise of heroic virtue, others contend that Serra was a harmful colonial oppressor who decimated Native American culture. Now, with the passage of Assembly Bill 338, the California Legislature has found that Serra initiated a period of "enslavement" and "genocide" at the California Missions. The differing views on Serra can hardly be more opposed: either he is a criminal, or he is a saint. What does the evidence show?
Patrick Laurence is a trial attorney with the law firm of Tittmann Weix LLP in Los Angeles, California. A native of southern California, Patrick has been avidly researching, lecturing, writing articles, and giving radio interviews about Serra since 2015. His findings have appeared in such publications as Crisis Magazine and Inside the Vatican and he is currently writing a book which categorically addresses some of the more common accusations made against Serra. His talk “Junípero Serra on Trial: Criminal or Saint?” has been presented to numerous audiences and has been featured on nationally syndicated radio programs.
Patrick received his undergraduate degree from Thomas Aquinas College in California and his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law in Michigan. Following law school, Patrick served in a one-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable James L. Ryan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He currently serves as a Board member for the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County, the Charles Institute, and Life Legal Defense Foundation.
Join us for a night of Faith, Fellowship,
Food, and Inspiration
Where: Church of the Nativity Chapel and Commons
When: Thursday, February 1, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Note: (Meeting begins in small chapel at back of the courtyard)
Dinner deliciously prepared by Chef Hubert Lorenz
Culinary Wizard (www.theculinarywizard.com)