Christian Clifford, MA

Adjunct Instructor in Dogmatics


University of San Francisco, Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership
M.A. Catholic School Teaching with an emphasis in Religious Education

University of Great Falls
B.A. Social Science Major-In-Depth

Culminating Project: “Motivating Factors in Parental Selection of Junipero Serra High School, A Catholic College Preparatory”

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Mr. Christian Clifford was born in Daly City, California, and is a product of Catholic schools. Since 1997, he has been an educator in the Archdiocese of San Francisco schools. Through his travel, education, and military experience, he has met people from diverse backgrounds and gained a genuine respect for all peoples. Christian has a lifelong interest in the Social Sciences, particularly history and political science, and is an expert on Catholic history, particularly the life of St. Junípero Serra. He and his family are parishioners at St. Gregory's.

Selected Publications

“Class with St. Junípero Serra”, Today's Catholic Teacher, August 20, 2018. 

 “10 Facts about the Great St. Junípero Serra Every Catholic Needs to Know!”, ChurchPOP, June 30, 2018.

“What Will the Future Hold for St. Junípero Serra at Stanford University?”, Catholic Exchange, June 29, 2018. 

“In the Spirit of Saint Junipero”, Nuestra Parroquia, June 1, 2018.

“Following in the Footsteps of Saint Junípero Serra”, Catholic Exchange, December 18, 2017. 

“You know of Junípero Serra but have you heard of Pablo Tac?”, Aleteia, Nov 1, 2017.

“One Californian’s ‘pag-ibig’ for the Philippines”, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Oct 24, 2017. 

“Where does the statue controversy end?”, Catholic San Francisco, Oct 22, 2017.

“Junipero Serra: The vetting of a Hispanic Catholic icon”, Aleteia, Sep 24, 2017. 

 “Serra: When remembering the saint, don’t forget the man”, CRUX, July 1, 2017.

“A Lesson on Gratitude and Strength fro. Saint Junipero Serra”, Crux, 24 November 2016. 

 Meet Pablo Tac: Indian from the Far Shores of California (North Charleston, South Carolina: CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2017). 

 Who Was Saint Junipero Serra? (Phoenix, Arizona: Tau Publishing, 2016).

Saint Junipero Serra: Making Sense of the History and Legacy (North Charleston, South Carolina: CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2015). 

 “Tempus Fugit”, Today’s Catholic Teacher, Fall 2016.

“St. Junípero Serra a ‘classic underdog’ who strove to do good”, Crux, 1 July 2016. 

“Junipero Serra: Created to Amaze” Catholic San Francisco, 4 Oct 2013.

"Struggle for Dignity: How teachers at Catholic schools built their unions against all odds". California Teacher, (8-9), Nov/Dec 2010. 

"Let us remember: Serra High's Wall of Honor". Catholic San Francisco (13,15), 5 Nov 2010.

"Spe Salvi points reader at the power of divine hope". Catholic San Francisco (16), 8 Feb 2008.