Who is Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén?
A short biography: The successor to Saint Serra in the mission system was born 7 June 1736 in Victoria, Spain. He joined the Franciscans early in life and volunteered for the mission life as a deacon. He arrived in Mexico in 1759 and served in the lower California missions. Under Saint Serra he served in three of the upper California missions and became president of the mission system in 1785; a post he filled until he died in 1803. He is buried in the sanctuary at the Carmel Mission; next to Saint Serra. He introduced business to the missions with farming and stock raising as well as introducing mission industries. He also revolutionized the mission architecture; changing the missions from thatch-covered buildings to the more currently seen adobe with tile roofs.