It's a great wacky statue and appears as if a committee agreed to shed the stoic, boring monk image, in favor of something more. He's not just a priest that brought Catholicism to California, he's dynamic, he's your primary action item, when you enter a room he shouts your favorite catchphrases, he's your pal, and if you were in a fight, Buddy Serra's got your back.
"Who's your buddy!" the statue shouts.
You are Father Serra, you are.