Mission Santa Inés Bicentennial

2004 was the bicentennial year for Mission Santa Inés. I was at the rededication Mass on September 19th and the earlier August 15th Fiesta. A series of lectures, wine parties, dinners, and art shows were held earlier in the year, culminating in the rededication Mass on the 19th of September. There were additional events through […]

Mission San Juan Bautista

Picture taken 11:25am 7 June 2004 Mission San Juan Bautista was founded 24 June 1797 (15th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The Mission is named for Saint John the Baptist. The Indian name was Popelout, or Popeloutchom. It is known for being the largest of the mission churches, with three aisles instead […]

Mission San Diego History

History In Brief Founded: 16 July 1769 by Saint Junípero Serra Named for: Saint Didacus of Alcalá Number in Series: 1st Indian Name: Nipaguay (original site: Cosoy) Brand:  Detail The origins of the Alta California mission system date back to several wars; in particular, the War of Jenkin’s Ear fought between Spain and Great Britain […]

Mission San Fernando Church

Below you should see a rotating panorama of the complete inside of the Mission Church. You should be able to click on the panorama to stop the rotation at any point and then drag the mouse left, right, up, or down to see any specific area. If you have a mouse wheel, it should be […]

Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles

The official name for Los Angeles, when it started, was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula. Some have called the new settlement a second Asistencia of the San Gabriel Mission and the Plaza Church there even calls itself “Mission” Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles. The […]

Mission San Luis Obispo History

History In Brief Founded: 1 September 1772 by Saint Junípero Serra Named for: Saint Luis, Bishop of Toulouse Number in Series: 5th Indian Name: Tishlini Brand: Detail December 1769: On the return leg of their expedition to find Monterey, the Portolá expedition was in need of food. At a marshy valley they encountered an area […]

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo was founded 3 June 1770 (2nd in order) by Saint Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint Charles Borromeo. The Indian name for the second location was Eslenes (or maybe Esselen). It is known for being Saint Serra’s headquarters and he is buried in the sanctuary beside the […]

Mission San Antonio de Padua

Picture taken 4:25pm 9 Mar 2005 Mission San Antonio de Padua was founded 14 July 1771 (3rd in order) by Saint Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint Anthony. The Indian name was Teshhaya, or Sextapay. The mission is largely restored from the rebuilt original. The current site is about three miles from the […]

Mission San Juan Bautista Church

Below you should see a rotating panorama of the complete inside of the Mission Church. You should be able to click on the panorama to stop the rotation at any point and then drag the mouse left, right, up, or down to see any specific area. If you have a mouse wheel, it should be […]

Mission San Miguel Arcángel

Picture taken 1:15pm 22 Apr 2001 Mission San Miguel Arcángel was founded 25 July 1797 (16th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The mission is named for Saint Michael the Archangel. The Indian name was Vahiá (Vatica), or Chulam (Cholame). Many of the original decorations and paintings in the mission have survived until […]