Petra.—The Friar Juniper Serra museum in Petra yesterday presented the committee which will be organising the religious and cultural acts which will comprise next year's tribute to the man who founded the California missions.

The committee is being led by ex USA consul in the Balearic Islands, Bartomeu “Tummy” Bestard assisted by Catalina Font as secretary.
Bestard confirmed the events being planned are to pay homage to the Franciscan monk who travelled to what was then Spanish-owned California to set up missions which later burgeoned into huge cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Bestard said that proper celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Friar Juniper Serra will be held despite the lack of regional government funding. The Committee has invited the King of Spain to visit the museum on 28th August.

Petra's local Mayor has asked Balearic government cultural departments to include the museum on heritage trails through Majorca.


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