Books on California Mission History

These newest books about Mission history are by Christian Clifford, a Catholic award-winning author & educator.

Pilgrimage: In Search of the Real California Missions – The story of my 800-mile journey on foot of the California Missions Trail where I learned many lessons from those who blazed the Trail before me—indigenous, Spanish, and mestizo.  With foreword by Edie Littlefield Sundby. 

Saint Junipero Serra – Written as a defense of Pope Francis’ decision to canonize the Apostle of California and to teach about Church history using the historical method. With foreword by Fr. Tommy King, O.F.M. 

Who Was Saint Junipero Serra? – Written for 4th graders to help them discover the daily lives of and relationships among soldiers, missionaries, and Indians. With foreword by Bishop Robert McElroy. 

Meet Pablo Tac – The story of the Mission Indian from San Luis Rey de Francia who became the first seminarian from the California missions. His writings are the earliest from a California Mission Indian. The book is about faith, courage in the face of adversity, and the universality of the Catholic Church. A must for California Indian studies.

Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her fifteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary". She blogs at