Father Maynard J. Geiger
, O.F.M., Ph.D.
(1901–1977) was a Roman Catholic priest
and clerical historian of the Franciscan
Order. Reverend Geiger wrote extensively on various aspects of the California mission system
, and is most well known for his biography of Junípero Serra
, the first "Father Presidente" of the Alta California
missions. He was a tireless apologist for the mission system and the evangelization of the native populations, choosing to highlight through his scholarship the achievements and dedication of the friars of California.