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September 1, 1997 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a cool morning in the early 1800s, the Franciscan turned to face his congregation at Mission San Fernando. As he displayed the consecrated Host and the chalice of consecrated wine, the friar looked out at dozens of rapt faces, and joy filled his heart. Although he did it gladly, for the greater glory of God, the priest had suffered mightily in coming to this remote outpost of the Christian world.
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September 1, 1997 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
The life of Antonio Maria Ortega, said to be the last Native American to speak the Fernandeno dialect, is interwoven with many of the famous people and places of San Fernando Valley past. Born at the San Fernando Mission in 1848, Ortega was raised at Rancho los Encinos (now the home of Los Encinos State Historic Park) on land his family had acquired.
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September 1, 1997
Moments in San Fernando Valley History 1797: San Fernando Mission is founded, 28 years after the first Spanish expedition of the San Fernando Valley made its way into the Valley via Sepulveda Pass. California will become part of Mexico 25 years later. 1834: The San Fernando Mission is secularized, and Andres Pico Adobe, named for the Mexican general, is built nearby.
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August 29, 1997 | ROB O'NEIL
"Poor old Rogerio Rocha . . . " Those were the opening words of a popular 1904 account of the death of "The Last Indian" associated with the San Fernando Mission. With the mission on the eve of its bicentennial, current technology is permitting more careful chronicling of the lives of those first inhabitants. Such is the case with Rogerio (per custom, he took a surname in the late 1800s). Legend gives him a life span of 110 years.
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August 3, 1997 | GREG SANDOVAL
The gravestone of Msgr. Francis J. Weber, which lies in a Culver City cemetery, reads: "Born 1933, Ordained 1959. Priest-Archivist- Historian." A fitting epitaph but a bit premature. Weber is still very much alive. The rector of the San Fernando Mission for 16 years, Weber is still saying Mass every day, still writing books--three have already been published this year--and still laboring to pass along the history of the San Fernando Valley to future generations.
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August 2, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relics of the saints--purported pieces of their bones, flesh or clothing or reputed artifacts from Jesus' life--have had a long history of veneration in the Roman Catholic Church, although they are religiously out of fashion today. But despite broad skepticism in Catholicism about the historical validity of many relics, the San Fernando Mission archival center has opened its first public exhibit of some 300 that had been in storage for years at the 200-year-old mission.
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July 28, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Organizers of the San Fernando Mission Bicentennial are looking for cultural groups to march in a parade during the upcoming three-day festival. Cultural organizations of all kinds are welcome to participate in the parade, which will focus on the rich and varied history of the San Fernando Valley, said aides for Councilman Richard Alarcon, who appointed a 32-member committee to plan the September event.
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