On the Frontier’s Edge – Baptismal certificate of Concepción Argüello

Baptismal certificate of Concepción ArgüelloBaptismal certificate of Concepción Argüello

Baptismal certificate of Concepción Argüello, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, 1791

Maria de la Concepción Marcela Argüello, daughter of Don Jose Argüello, tenth Spanish governor of California, is a mainstay of California folklore. When she was 15 or 16, according to legend, Concepción fell in love with Count Nikolai Rezanov, an envoy of the Tsar. Rezanov died on his return to Russia, leaving Concepción to pine for his return and creating an enduring legend. Less well known is that in 1852, Concepción entered the Dominican Order, becoming Sister Mary Dominica (known in Spanish as Sister Dominga), and believed to have been the first native religious vocation in California.


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