Text from the plaque:
Born on the Island of Majorca off the coast of Spain, Father Serra was ordained in Palma where he taught for fifteen years before being sent to Mexico as a missionary in 1749. In 1769 he became Padre Presidente of the Franciscan missions in Baja California. That same year he accompanied Gaspar de Portola on a colonizing expedition to San Diego where he founded the first of the nine missions he established in Alta California. Despite an injured leg and constant pain, Father Serra labored mightily in the service of the Church and was a major leader in the conquest of California for Spain.
This statue was erected by the Knights of Columbus in 1932 and was rededicated on the 200th anniversary of Father Serra's death on August 28, 1784.