My family lived on an apple farm in Aptos, California. Since there was no hospital there, I was born in the Sister’s Hospital in Santa Cruz California. I then spent 9 years working with the poor and immigrants in Santa Cruz from May 1982 to June 1991.
My friend was on a school visit of the Santa Cruz Mission founded by Blessed Junipero Serra. This is what she filled in the blank with. This was sent to me by her mom. Of course it made me very happy.
The St. Francis Catholic Kitchen I founded, is on the original grounds of the Mission, (which was flooded out and then moved up on to the high banks above the San Lorenzo River). It is also on the corner of two streets named after two of the first Bishops of the Monterey-Los Angeles Diocese, Mora and Amat (Latin for he loves).
Interesting that all California school children have to study about the Catholic Missions.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.