A new statue of St. Junipero Serra is celebrated at JSerra

By Nikki Nguyen     10/8/2018

As it begins its 16th year as an academic institution, JSerra Catholic High School hosted an historic event on Sept 19.  Patron’s Day is an annual celebration of the school’s founders that includes a Mass in honor of its patron, St. Junipero Serra. But this year added something unique. 

The school invited its co-founders, Tim and Steph Busch, to attend the blessing
and dedication of the St. Junipero Serra Plaza that features two noteworthy monuments to JSerra’s mission and Catholic history: a marble statue of the saint and a paved sitting area that showcases the names of teachers and staff who have completed 10 and 15 years at the school, respectively.  

Surrounded by beautiful floral landscaping, the staff being honored gathered at the plaza to hear Mr. Busch recount the dramatic story of the statue’s commissioning and to participate in the blessing offered
by Fr. Robert Capone of the University of San Diego.   

“We can’t thank the Busch family enough for their generosity and vision in carrying on the mission of Fr. Serra,” said Mrs. Donna Vandenberg, vice principal. “The saint was the first person to bring the Gospel to Southern California. We are indebted to our veteran staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure that JSerra carry out its mission of forming young men and women in faith, intellect, and character.”   

Present, as well, were the school’s president, Rich Meyer, several board members, and seven JSerra staff whose bricks are closest to the saints feet, signifying their presence at JSerra from its beginnings in 2003.