Artist John Nava designed the tapestry based on the oil painting using the electronic Jacquard technology. John Nava studied art at U.C. Santa Barbara and did his graduate MFA work in Florence, Italy. His work is found in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan including the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. Nava has done large-scale public works including projects for the Tokyo Grain Exchange in Japan, the Seattle Symphony Benaroya Hall and Westmont College.
The Serra tapestry is an exact replica of the original tapestry that was blessed by Pope Francis in November 2015 in the sacristy of the National Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The original tapestry is on display at Mission San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel where St. Junipero Serra is interred.