The Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) is proud to announce the formation of the El Camino Real FNE Group in Oceanside (northern San Diego County), California! More details below:
Group Leader: Matt Williamson, mcwilli77(at)gmail.com
Group Name: El Camino Real FNE Group
Group Colors: Burgundy and Gray
El Camino Real:
The Spanish name “El Camino Real” translates to either “The King’s Highway” or “The Royal Road.” This historic road runs from San Diego to San Francisco and connects all 21 Missions in California founded by Blessed Junipero Serra and his successors between the years 1769 and 1823. Originally named so by Spanish soldiers in honor of their king, Father Serra continued California settlements by building the Missions and furthering the road. The name thus became synonymous with the Kingship of Our Lord.
The Missions are the crux and most beautiful part of California history, and many are still working parishes today. Several, however, have fallen to various states of decay and ruin. Mission history includes their secularization and takeover by Mormon settlers and the U.S. Army, until 1865 when President Lincoln returned the Missions to the Church.
We are fortunate in our area to have some of the most important Missions built: Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the first Mission built; Mission San Luis Rey, the “King of the Missions” here in Oceanside; and Mission San Juan Capistrano (just up the highway from us), the first Mission returned to the Church by President Lincoln, three weeks before his assassination (and the home of the famous returning swallows of Capistrano yearly on the feast of Saint Joseph). The study of Mission history is still required in 4th grade public schools, as well as Catholic schools.
Burgundy and Gray:
Our colors are burgundy and gray. The burgundy symbolizes Our Lord’s royalty and the blood spilt by the martyred priests and the many Indians while building and defending our California Missions. The gray represents the churches, towns, and streets along the way.
Q. What sections will you be offering upon start up?
A. We are planning on having a boys’ Timber Wolf Den and a boys’ Explorer Troop.
Q. How did you hear about FNE and why did you choose to join?
A. We learned of the FNE as a result of internet searching by our Pastor for youth organizations that might serve our Parish. We believe that the FNE will provide for the young members of our Parish a plan for holiness, focusing on their spiritual and physical development as a means for attaining sanctity.