Santa Clara de Assisi was founded in 1777. Through the combined
efforts of the Poor Catholic Friars and the naturally poor Native
Americans, twenty one missions were established in California.
One hundred and forty-six Franciscan Priests without any worldly
compensation devoted themselves to the task of raising the natives
to a plane of Christian dignity. Among those who volunteered
for this life of hardship and self-denial was Fr. Magin Catala.
This servant of God was born on Jan. 30, 1761 at Montblanch
in the Province of Catalonia, Spain. At the age of sixteen,
he entered the order of Friars Minor, by taking the habit of
St. Francis at the monastery of Barcelona, on April 4, 1777.
He was ordained a priest in 1785. Life in the Indian missions
at its best was wearisome and full of trials. It took a very
virtuous man to persevere, as was also the case with Fr. Jumipero
Serra, Fr. Catala's predecessor. Even martyrdom could be expected.
Fr. Catala arrived at Mission Santa Clara de Assisi in July
1794. In 1797, he was given charge of the mission. He served
his priestly duties there for 36 years. He died Nov. 22, 1830
and is buried in the mission church. Many miracles happened
during his life and after his death through his intercession.
He had the gift of Prophecy, Bilocation, and had power over
evil spirits. He had an extraordinary love for Christ Crucified,
and a tender devotion for our Blessed Mother and for the Holy
Souls in Purgatory.
beautiful mission is under the special care of the Jesuit
located on campus, at the University of Santa Clara.
Prayer Group for the Canonization of Fr. Magin Catala.
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