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Rosary Workshop - Early American `Journey of Discovery History SERIES -
 OLD PADRE TRADE BEADS - ROSARIES
inspired by the Jesuits, Franciscans, all


INSPIRED BY PADRE JUAN PEREZ OFM
INSPIRED BY PADRE JAKE LABOON SJ
INSPIRED BY BISHOP OSCAR ROMERO
INSPIRED BY PADRE KENO SJ
INSPIRED BY FATHER WHITE SJ - The Apostle of Maryland
INSPIRED BY PADRE JUNIPERO SERRA OFM
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(for more information on these rosaries, scroll down)
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RTBP - TRADE BEADS - 'PADRES'
SOUTHWEST, CALIFORNIA MISSIONS, LATIN AMERICA
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This bead was very popular in the SouthWestern part of our U.S., thus the Spanish name "Padre' for Father. The small 'pony beads' (carried on ponies) were popular with the Priests along with the indians. They were traded for food and information along with fur pelts. For this overall series we are searching for and using old fur trade beads and crosses whenever possible..

CANADA, GREAT LAKES, NY STATE
We have also been inspired by and focusing in on the early missionary work of the French Jesuits through New France (Canada), the Great Lakes region and east to the Mohawk Valley of the United States. (see link below) We hope you enjoy this calling to recognition of these people who helped carve out our early history as much as we do!  Ask them to intercede for you and dedicate your personal rosary to whomever you wish. 
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EARLY JESUIT CRUCIFIX (pre 1700s)
Also please note this cross below arrived after the rosaries below, inspired by our early priests arrived but may be exchanged for the cross shown below.  Please ask by calling in your request.
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Rare, hand made
Jesuit Crucifix - pre 1700s

RARE JESUIT CRUCIFIX - pre 1700s
found in a dig  in the Mohawk
valley Jesuit mission site. 
Read history!
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A BEAD 
WITH MANY NAMES
'PADRE BEADS', 'PEKING GLASS', 'DUTCH BEADS', 'CHIEF BEADS' - all the same wound bead, originally from China (Ching Dynasty, 1640’s to early 1900’s.) then migrated to European trade over the Chinese border and picked up by glass bead makers in Venice and Bohemia, then traded by the Dutch to American shores via New France and New Spain.  'Padre' came from the Spanish Priests who wore the smaller 'Pony beads' and traded with the indians who called the large version, 'Chiefs'. Beads tell wonderful stories about the way people migrated, marketed and traded their goods for thousands of years!
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Note natural, irregularities and wear typical of the older Padre beads. A skull on an old crucifix is typical symbolizing "Christ's victory over death" This antique cross lost its corpus many years ago but is still a rare and beautiful reminder of our faith.
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ARCHIVAL DIGS TELL US MORE
The Padre beads were mandrel wound and reported to be the first bead brought to America with Coronado in the mid 1500s. The most popular were the turquoise blue and the white. (also made in red, clear, yellow, green and black.) They were made in three sizes: jumbo (Dugons), mid-size (Crow), and small (Pony). 
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TRADE BEADS ALSO 
USED TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES 
In 1778 Captain James Cook (an English explorer) wrote in his journal that it was difficult to obtain supplies and furs from the Pacific Coast Indians with out this particular blue (turquoise) bead. Indian burial sites have yielded early trade where white Padre beads were also found.
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1 BEAD FOR 1 PELT
Bead prices varied with location, demand, and how badly Indians wanted a particular bead. When trading for beaver pelts, Hudson's Bay Company used a standard value based on 'made' beaver (a made beaver was stretched, dried, and ready for shipment.) Records from early trading posts show a made beaver was worth: six Hudson's Bay beads; three light blue Padre (Crow) beads; two larger transparent blue beads. And in some places it was 1 bead for 1 pelt.
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LIMITED INFORMATION
Little historical information is available on the majority of trade beads discovered in archeological digs. Hudson's Bay Company has celebrated over three hundred years in North America, but the records on types and descriptions of trade beads, along with invoices, and sources of supply have not survived in their archives. Today the company's only examples of the Hudson's Bay beads are in the Indian Arts and Crafts section of their museums. 
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Inspired by the following Saints and Priests. We chose 
traditional antique 'Padre' beads because of their use during 
the fur trade period. Please do not hesitate to pray for them 
and ask for intercessory prayer: 
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celebrant of the first Mass in America
PADRE JUAN PEREZ OFM (1493)
learn why the US Navy named a ship after:
PADRE 'JAKE' LABOON  SJ (1921-1988)
pray for this martyred priests sainthood
ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO (1917-1980)
learn how our SouthWest and West were settled
FRAY EUSEBIO KENO SJ (1645-1711)
FRA JUNIPERO SERRA OFM (1713-1784)
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first Mass in Maryland, English Jesuit
the seed of religious freedom act in the US 
FATHER ANDREW WHITE SJ (1579 -1656)


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for more information see
NOTES ON TRADE BEADS
17c JESUIT ROSARY   -   MORE LINKS




~ PADRE JUAN PEREZ OFM ~
FIRST MASS IN AMERICA
FATHER JUAN PEREZ  (1493)
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AVE BEADS: The Blue Padre trade beads in this series are late 1800s early 1900s. The most sought after color for trade and information with the indians  To the North, traded by the French Jesuits for beaver pelts along with otter and seal on the West Coast and to the south,  for supplies. PATER BEADS: Dark wood.
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'VICTORY OVER DEATH'
The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. This design also does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design. Also note skull and crossbones representing 'Victory Over Death' found at the feet of the crucified Christ. Tradition held crucifixion over the skull of Adam, thus called Golgatha, (the place of the skull) 


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HISTORY
40 YEARS?  1491 - 1531
We learned in 1491, a Franciscan Friar encouraged Queen Isabella to send 40 yea old Columbus West without further delay to search for a route to India. After a year of preparation, obtaining ships and cargo for the trip. they got underway in 1492. Fr Perez blessed and gave holy communion to Columbus and the crew of the two Caravels and one cargo ship. 
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MYSTERY OF 
THE RENAMING OF THE SHIPS
Before leaving Europe , Ships renamed: 'Nina' (little girl), 'Pinta' (paint) and the larger Cargo ship (Carrack), named 'Santa Maria de la Conception'.  Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared 40 years later in 1531  (ships renamed appeared to announce her coming) 
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FIRST MASS IN NEW WORLD
He would accompany Columbus on his second trip, bringing the authority of celebrating the first Mass on the shores of the new land (America) at Point Conception (Haiti). 
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Icon of Fr Perez blessing Columbus 
after ships were prepared for the voyage in 1492

by Antonio Gisbert. (1835 - 1902)

INTERCESSORY PRAYER
Please ask Father Perez to intercede for the needs of your loved ones and friends, especially in matters of faith and evangelization. We encourage you to rename your rosary but before you do, remember him in prayer.


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 CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD
The old cross (lost its corpus years ago) is cast from the late 18c Europe and is available without the rosary. To see whole collection, go to SUPPLIES link at top of page.  All parts cast from antiques in solid bronze and sterling silver. Introducing white bronze. 

PADRE JUAN PEREZ
(Rosary made 'all in one loop' for easier praying)
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~ PADRE JAKE LABOON SJ  ~
MILITARY CHAPLAIN - CAPTAIN, US NAVY
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AVE BEADS:  We chose these very rare sea green Padre beads above because of his service in the US Navy Submarines.  (may not be able to replace when gone) The Padre beads in this series are late 1800s early 1900s.  For more on this story check   link at the bottom of this page. PATER BEADS: Fine grade of wood.
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 The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. This design also does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design. 

WHO WAS
FATHER 'JAKE' LABOON SJ  (1921 - 1988)
Before becoming a Jesuit Priest, 'Jake' a graduate of the US Naval Academy class of 1943 was stationed on the submarine, USS Pito (SS 265).  During WWII. LTJG Laboon won the Silver Star for bravery for diving from his moving submarine in the mine infested waters to rescue a downed aviator under heavy enemy fire. A Navy Frigate was named after him. USS Laboon DDG 58. 
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Father Jake was a Navy Chaplain stationed in Viet Nam. He celebrated Mass in the rugged battlefield setting.  (Winning the Legion of Merit for fearless actions on the battlefield with the 3rd Marines).  He served as a confessor to many of our service men who may have never made it home.  He was the Senior Catholic Chaplain at the US Naval Academy and retired as the US Atlantic Fleet Chaplain. He was nominated for Admiral but chose to retire early as Capt JF Laboon, USN, CHC.  On retirement, Father Jake served the rest of his life in the community as a Jesuit priest.
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We delight in dedicating this sea green rosary to Father Jake. In knowing him, we are sure he would want us to honor all Military Chaplains who have served our women and men over the years, especially those who lost their lives in battle.
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A GREAT INTERCESSOR
Please don't forget to ask Father Jake to intercede for you in matters of importance to you and your loved ones including vocations, military, our nation, and those who suffer from cancer (which ended his life in 1988.) He took requests for prayer very seriously in life and am sure more so now. Please keep him in your prayers and feel free to re dedicated your rosary as you wish.
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WHERE OUR ROSARIES ARE MADE
The large old slab table, a collection of logs hewn here on our land, is where every rosary and chaplet from the workshop is made. What makes them even more precious is because of the Masses celebrated by Father Jake for us on this old slab table.  It humbles me every time I think of the sacred species on this table where our lady's rosaries are now made. 

BEADS AND CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD
The Padre beads in this series are late 1800s early 1900s. The cross used on this series below is cast from the late 18c Europe and is available without the rosary. Visit our SUPPLIES page to see full line of available parts.
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(For a wonderful story about Fr 'Jake' told by his dad, see)
ABOUT FATHER JAKE
MORE INFO FROM FR DAWSON SJ

PADRE 'JAKE" LABOON SJ
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then antiqued to restore original patina
14 in

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~ ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO ~
'SERVANT of GOD' - MARTYR
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AVE BEADS: Very hard to find, the black Padre beads used here, (from the late  1800S, early 1900s). And rarely are deep black, sitting more on the side of dark grays. We lightened these a bit to show them better. They are opaque. PATER BEADS:  of wood to keep the naturalness of the period.
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ALL IN ONE LOOP
The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. This design also does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design. 
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WHO WAS
BISHOP OSCAR ROMERO (1917-1980)
Archbishop Romero was shot while celebrating Mass at a small chapel located in a hospital called "La Divina Providencia", on 24 March 1980. His homily was directed to the Salvadoran soldiers, "as Christians, to obey God's higher order and to stop carrying out the government's repression and violations of basic human rights."  He was shot while elevating the Chalice during the Eucharistic rite.  His blood spilled over the altar mixing with the Holy Blood of Christ in the chalice.
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THE FUNERAL
Over 25000 mourners attended from all over the world. It was the largest demonstration in Salvadoran history, possibly all of Latin America. It proved to be a turning point in the history of the Salvadoran conflict, a peak in the power of popular organizations aligned with the left, whose popularity declined after this event.
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Bishop Oscar Romero
'Servant of God - Martyr 
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BBC reported the horror 25 years later: "Tens of thousands of mourners who had gathered for Romero's funeral Mass in front of the cathedral in San Salvador were filmed fleeing in terror as army gunners on the rooftops around the square opened fire.... One person who was there told us he remembered the piles of shoes left behind by those who escaped with their lives."  (Some reports said between 30 - 50 people were killed.) 
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OSCAR ROMERO QUOTE:
  "I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people. 
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INTERCESSORY PRAYERS
Please ask Bishop Romero to intercede for you in matters of importance to you and your loved ones, especially for those in leadership roles,  intolerance for the rights of others and the killing of the innocent as in murder.  We encourage you to rename your rosary but before you do, remember him in prayer for the cause of his beatification and canonization..

BEADS AND CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD
The Padre beads in this series are late 1800s early 1900s. The cross used on this series is cast from the late 18c Europe and is available without the rosary. To see full collection of crosses available in sterling silver and solid bronze, visit SUPPLIES link at top of page.

ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO
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RTB.21162.b
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RTB.21162.s
all metals cast from antique pieces in sterling or solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina
13 in

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~ FRAY EUSEBIO KENO SJ ~
JESUIT, RANCHER, EXPLORER
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AVE BEADS:  Old amber colored glass trade beads. each hand made over 100 years ago. Color is in a somewhat translucent color reminding us of the earth near Tucson Arizona where our favorite church, Mission San Xavier del Bac is located. It was founded by Padre Keno (1685 - 1785). And is still an active parish. Sincerely doubt they can be reloaced when gone as they were a rare find.   PADRE BEADS:  Fine grade wood to keep it simple.
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WHO WAS
FRAY EUSEBIO KENO SJ (1645-1711)?
Father Keno was an Italian Jesuit priest known for his exploration and evangelizaton of the now known of southern Arizona and northern Sonora. He established 24 missions. Our favorite stop for mass outside of Tucson, is San Xavier del Bac founded in 1692. The new church dates 1785 is beautifully decorated with a mix of Native American and New Spain frescos). He taught the Indians how to grow seeds and grain from Europe and is believed to have introduced the grape that produces Zinfandel wine.  He also may have brought cuttings for the ‘Mission Fig’ from Europe.
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 Father Keno  also provided livestock to the indians and saw to their daily care like a rancher. The heard grew from 20 to over 70,000 head. He fought hard for the rights of the indians and was opposed to slavery which created major problems with the Spaniards.  He was an author, astronomer and cartographer, drawing the first maps of the area and proved that Baja California was not an island . He also encouraged the building of roads and his many expeditions covered over 50,000 square miles much of which he mapped. He was not only important to the economic growth of the area but brought unknown numbers to the faith of the true God.. 
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 Bronze of Fr Keno
by Suzanne Silvercruys
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INTERCESSORY PRAYERS
Please ask Fray Keno to intercede for you in matters of importance to you and your loved ones, especially those of education, intolerance and abuse of other people and the needs of ranchers and farmers.  We encourage you to rename your rosary but before you do, to say a little prayer for Fray Keno.


 
  CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD
  The cross used on this series below is cast from the late 18c Europe and is available without the rosary.  The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. This design also does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design. Padre Beads are very very rare and unsure if we can find more when these are sold. Note wear.

FRAY EUSEBIO KENO SJ
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~ FATHER ANDREW WHITE  SJ ~
THE APOSTLE of MARYLAND
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AVE BEADS: White Padre Beads were the most sought after beads by the indians after the blue, as mentioned earlier, for fur trade and currency.  The unevenness and irregularity of these beads and the pitted surface tell us these beads are very old. Believed to date back over 100 years. Very, very rare,unable to replace when gone. PATER BEADS: Patter beads in this series are a fine grained wood for simplicity.
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WHO WAS
FATHER ANDREW WHITE SJ (1579-1656)?
Father Andrew White, a Jesuit, was born and educated in England. He attended colleges in Spain and France and taught in France for a short period. Since Catholic Priests were not allowed to live or work in England during that time he only visited. But was hired to work for Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore who was looking for Catholic families to settle in his new colony in Maryland. He knew the Jesuits had a strong evangelization history in New France and New Spain and was looking for the conversion of the indigenous in the new land. 
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CELEBRATED THE FIRST MASS
In 1633, Father, along with several priests and 9 servants embarked on the ship 'Ark' to the new world. He kept a journal "Brief Relations' which today gives us great insight on the indigenous men and women (who wore 'beades' around their neck on a string) along with recording Maryland history. After a rough sea voyage, they landed near the mouth of St Mary's River where he celebrated the first Mass in Maryland on the annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary (25 March, 1634)
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Father Andrew White 
baptizing Indian Emperor (Chief)
  Chitomachon (Kittamaquund)
(Engraving by G.G. Heinsch, 1655
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CONVERSION AND TRADE
They stayed and built St. Mary's City near the mouth of the Chesapeake, later becoming the capital of Maryland (moving to Annapolis in 1695). Father translated Catholic Prayers into the language of the indians and in 1639 met with the head Chieftain of the Piscataways who was a believer and baptized him and his family. Father White began trading food and beaver furs helping the much needed colony with its economy. The Thoroughoods who came to Maryland either on the 'Ark or 'Dove' about the same time as Father furthered development of a very successful European beaver pelt trade with the indians. 
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BIRTHPLACE OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
In 1645 a group of Protestants raided St. Mary's and captured the Catholic priests and leaders in the colony and took them back to England for trial but were found not guilty. Because of this, St. Mary's City is now considered to be the birthplace of religious tolerance in British North America. 
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The Maryland Toleration Act, passed in 1649 is believed to have influenced the writing of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, assuring religious freedom in American law. (adopted on December 15, 1791.)

   hand made prayer beads 
found at St. Mary's - dated 1638
 for more information please click icon
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Father never returned to Maryland and died in England but today we see his very important role in American History and that of Religious Freedom, truly directed from above. Father Andrew White SJ is known today as forefather of Georgetown U in DC. See Below
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INTERCESSORY PRAYERS
Please ask Father White to intercede for you in matters of importance to you and your loved ones, especially where religious intolerance is involved, pray for understanding.  And when you pray your rosary be sure and remember Father White.


 
CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD
The cross used on this series below is cast from the late 18c Europe and is available without the rosary.  The rosary is made 'all in one loop following tradition.' This design also does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design. 


 ABOUT GEORGETOWN U
FOREFATHER OF GU (1789)
In 1633, Father, along with several priests and 9 servants embarked on the ship 'Ark' to the new world. (see above) he taught the Piscataway indians how to pray in their own tongue by translating prayersfor them. A small school of sorts. 
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Next trip will try to get a better image of the hall. So proud to have a family member on scholarship there so visit often. Rosary was inspired / made before she entered.  But now direct many of my personal prayers to Fr White for intercession. And he's working - ask him to intercede for you!
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WHITE / GRAVENOR HALL
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PLANTING THE SEEDS
A Painting at Georgetown depicts Father Andrew White sj imparting a benediction after he and Fr John Anthony Gravenor sj landed in Maryland on the ships 'Ark' and 'Dove' on March 25th 1634.  Fathers White and Gravenor initiated Jesuit education in Maryland and planted the seed from which Georgetown University grew.
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THE FIRST AMENDMENT
 Also read above re the links from Fr White to the First Amendment of the United States. We understand now why Georgetown University as a Catholic Jesuit University, why there appears at times, to be 'diverse'. We understand now that they support the Maryland Toleration Act (1649) and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, assuring religious freedom in American law. (adopted on December 15, 1791.) 
FATHER ANDREW WHITE  SJ
Georgetown Universtiy, inspired by the works of Father White (1579-1656)
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RTB.21164.b
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RTB.21164.s
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then antiqued to restore original patina
14 in

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~ FRA JUNIPERO SERRA OFM  ~
 'FATHER of the MISSIONS'
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AVE BEADS: These Padre beads are over 100 years old, each hand made. They are clear, not crystal clear but quite beautiful as show their age. This color chosen as they remind us of the waves before they strike the shore along the 600 mile coastal highway, El Camino de Real also known as the California Mission Trail from San Diego to Sonoma. We loved the old historical markers with their bells along the way.  Once they are gone we will not be able to replace them.  PATER BEADS: Keep this rosary simple as in a fine grained wood.
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WHO WAS
BLESSED FRA JUNIPERO SERRA OFM  (1713-1784)
 Fra Serra, a Spanish Franciscan, held a doctorate in theology.  He was well known for moving people to penance.  In 1768, Father Serra was appointed superior over 15 Franciscans for the Indian Missions of Baja California. When King Carlos III ousted the Jesuits from New Spain, Serra became the 'Father Presidente'. Before leaving San Blas to evangelize the Californias he established the only Franciscan Mission in the Baja (Misión San Fernando Rey de España de Velicatá).  On reaching the northern Californias he established the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the first of the 21 missions along the coast of California. 
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During the American Revolutionary War, Father Serra took up a collection from his mission parishes throughout California. The total money collected amounted to roughly $137. The money was sent to General George Washington.
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  In 1770 he moved north and founded the Mission San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo. (Monterey) where he established his headquarters. He relocated the mission a few miles south to Carmel (Mission Carmel) as the first location was under the Presidio (Military) Under his presidency he founded Mission San Antonio de Padua, Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission San Francisco de Asís, Mission Santa Clara de Asís, and Mission San Buenaventura. Fr. Serra was also present at the founding of the Presidio of Santa Barbara. (beatified by JPII in 1988) 
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INTERCESSORY PRAYERS
Please ask Fra Serra to intercede for you in matters of importance to you and your loved ones, especially when it involves travel, education, and reconciliation.  We encourage you to rename your rosary but before you do, to say a little prayer for Father Serra.

BEADS AND CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD
The Padre beads in this series are late 1800s early 1900s. The cross used on this series below is cast from the late 18c Europe and is available without the rosary.  The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. This design also does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design. Padre Beads are very very rare and unsure if we can find more when these are sold. Note wear.
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PERSONAL NOTES

FRA JUNIPERO SERRA OFM
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~ NOTES on TRADE BEADS ~
 BEADS TALK
OF EARLY TRADE
Beads are a part of almost every culture on earth. Beads have been worn and traded for 40,000 plus years.  We see evidence of this through ancient trade routes, migration patterns, ancient burial grounds and archival excavations sites.  In 1492, Columbus wrote in his logbook that the natives of San Salvadore Island "were given red caps and glass beads" and Hernando Cortéz, the Spanish explorer brought beads along with crucifixes and other religious items in 1519 to New Spain. De Soto brought glass beads for trade to the indigenous in Florida. By 1622 - for a short time - there was a glass factory in Jamestown Va. before being destroyed by indians.  Lewis and Clark were among the many Expeditions who carried beads to trade for food and information.
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MILLIONS OF POUNDS OF BEADS
By the early 1600s the French Jesuits had discovered the value of the fur trade with the indians and beads became an important part of their evangelization in what is now Canada, the Great Lakes and NY. Beaver fur had become a major item because of the European love for fur hats and beaver was water proof adding to its value. Excavations at fur trade centers yield a variety of bead types. Millions of pounds of beads came from Europe in the hold of ships over the 200 year trade period and archival digs show their travels all over the world. 
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Hudson's Bay Co developed a trade between Padre beads and beaver pelts but there is little history as records were not kept or were destroyed over time. (When they traded the Padres they were still known as 'Peking Glass' and were made in China.) But the blue Padre beads became the primo trade for fur with the indians. the 'Blue Sky Beads'. 




~ 17c JESUIT ROSARY ~
  15 DECADE JESUIT ROSARY 
WITH TWO CROSSES
(FOUND AT THE ONONDAGA INDIAN MISSION (Sainte Marie de Ganentaa)  (NY)
This 15 decade rosary represents a full rosary and suspect the beads were European trade beads used to purchase beaver pelts from the indians by the Jesuits in new France. The Onondaga Mission was only active from 1656 - 1658 as the Mohawks threatened to attack the mission. 
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Rosario e crocefisso dei padre gesuite 
della missione de Onondaga
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UPPER CRUCIFIX: Irish Penal Cross believed to be from Loch Derg (Ireland), also known as St Patrick's Purgatory.  Irish influence and trade with Spain, New France and New Spain was not unusual during penal times (1670s on). We cannot find any information of them being made before the 1700s, our penal cross is marked 1722. (see A.T. Lucas.) But easily could have been added at a later date. 
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LOWER CROSS: (not attached to rosary) Double Bar Lorraine trade cross typical of those coming from Hudson's Bay Trading Post during the next century. These were traded to the indians for fur pelts which opened up opportunities for the Priests to baptize and evangelize them. Indians proudly wore these crosses as a status symbol, not necessarily for a religious symbol. For more information see DOUBLE BAR LORRAINE TRADE CROSSES soon in our history page.



  A STORY ABOUT FATHER JAKE
Father Jake's dad loved to share this story and it really strengthens our faith in the Lord and how the communion of saints remind us of his closeness to us.
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After Lt JG Laboon graduated from Annapolis he served in the Navy. He wrote his dad that the next really good woman he met that was single, he was going to propose marriage - it was time to settle down.  The problem was that his dad who was the Emissary to Italy during WWII had just visited with Padre Pio and was told his son would become a priest!
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This puzzled his dad so back up the hill he went to visit Padre Pio. Padre Pio assured him in a gruff voice that his son was going to be a priest and that was all there was to it.  Jake's very proud dad never told his son about these two visits until 12 years later when he graduated from the seminary and became a Jesuit priest!
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FEARLESS IN SPORTS
Father Jake showed his fearlessness on the sports field while at the Naval Academy by winning National Honors in Football (All East) and Lacrosse (All American). When playing backyard touch football with the neighborhood "kids" (of all ages) he showed no mercy - the only alternative anyone had was to toss that navy man into the closest water - the back yard pool, which delighted all - including Father who pulled as many in with him as he could grab! 
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Father Jake was one of 9 children. His brother Joe, a priest and 3 of his sisters, RSM nuns. Great Steelers fans but a bit hard when Dallas played! 
    FROM FATHER DAWSON, 
OUR FRIEND AND FRIEND OF FATHER JAKE'S
In colonial period the catholic gentry, if I may call them that. used to send their boys to a Jesuit school located first in Reims but with the Franch revolution to a place in Belgium called St. Omers. Many became Jesuits and returned to play important parts in the establishment of the Church in the USA, for example John Carrol and Leonard Neil, the first two archbishops of Baltimore. 
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Charles Carrol, John's cousin was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. With catholic emancipation in England, the school moved to a place in England called Stonyhurst and is there to this day. WA Dawson sj
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MORE INFO FROM FATHER DAWSON
Wisconsin is represented in the rotunda of the U. S. capital by a statue of Pere Marquette. My Canadian brethren insist that they are the Canadian Martyrs. In Arizona all their history is about Fr. Kino. Of course the Church was established in the U. S. by Fr. Andrew White in St. Mary's County Md.  It all humbles me.
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When we would point out to our Canadian brethren that two of the martyrs died in New York State, they insist that New York was part of Canada at the time.  So there!  All in good fun. WAD SJ
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HOW THIS PAGE GREW!
Last time Father Jake was up here he amazed us with his knowledge of the Jesuits  in the Great Lakes area so know he helped plant the seed. Recently we noted the apparition of Our Lady a few miles down US 41 and how her words tied into the Peshtigo WI Fire in 1871 and now today with the attacks on the church. 
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Then Father Dawson,  here comes your email and you simply watered the seed  by gifting us with these great leads on this page - and we watched the list of good men grow as we learned about their tireless efforts to evangelize and help settle our nation. Thank you so much for your input!  RW
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ROSARIES ARE MADE
WHERE THE MASS WAS CELEBRATED
Oh, and did you read above that the rough hewn table where we make rosaries was the same table used to celebrate the Holy Mass when our priest friends visited years before?



    FAMILY NOTES
OUR FIRST PARISH IN CALIFORNIA
 When our family first moved to California, Mission San Diego de Alcalá was our parish church. It was also the first of the 21 California Missions under Serra's leadership. On leaving San Diego a few years later, we moved to Monterey, the second of the Serra mission churchs, San Carlos (Presidio) was where 2 of our children received their first holy communion and attended peimary school. Living in San Francisco (Mission Dolores) kept us close to the Missions. Our last address before leaving California was San Juan Capistrano CA so we have dug in and planted seeds in the same Mission earth for most of our married life.



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