Mission San José History

In Brief Founded: 11 June 1797 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén Named for: Saint Joseph Number in Series: 14th Indian Name: Oroysom Brand:  Detail 1795: Padre Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, President-General of the missions, finally received word that his request for additional missions was approved. Playing a bit of politics, Padre Lasuén enhanced his plea […]

Mission San José Church Page 1

The Church is a visual delight. Plan on spending awhile if you intend to see all the examples of mission-era art. The interior of the reconstructed Church appears much like it did during the years 1833-1840. As you look at the walls notice that they vary from 4 to 5 feet thick; typical of mission […]

Mission San José 1868 Church

In October 1868 an earthquake destroyed the standing San José Mission church. It was replaced on the site by a Normandy-style parish church. This church served as the parish church until 1965. It looked something like this drawing (the perspective is a bit off but the design is accurate) found in the church as it […]

Mission San José

Picture taken 1:28pm 22 Feb 2012 Mission San José was founded 11 June 1797 (14th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The mission is named for Saint Joseph. The Indian name was Oroysom. The adobe church stood until an earthquake destroyed it in 1868. A wooden church replaced it. This church was moved […]

Mission San José Church Page 2

If you’ve been following the tour you just left the Church page which showed the three altars in the Mission Church along with all of their decorations. But, that’s only part of the beauty that makes up the interior of the Church. Here is the rest of the art and things you should see… The […]

Mission San José Museum Page 1

The museum at the San Jose Mission is one of the best. It uses eight rooms to great advantage to feature everything from Indian culture up to the 1985 reconstruction of the Mission Church. The selection of pictures and comments on this and the second museum page depicts but a small part of the whole […]

Mission San José Museum Page 2

Continuing the tour of the Mission Museum we now see what other items are on display. We’ll start with a painting that appears to be a window into the world at mission times… Picture taken 10:28am 22 Feb 2012 Most displays in this area are of individual items used during mission times. Picture taken 10:28am […]

Mission San José Cemetery

When you exit the Church to see the cemetery use the door on the left that has the large cross over it. You will return to your tour back into the Church through that same door as that’s the only way for visitors to go into and out of the cemetery. Standing in the doorway […]

Mission San José Garden and External

After your tour of the cemetery, go through the Church and then exit into the garden. You will be coming out the door closest to the right side in this panorama of the area. Wall fragments on the Church show how the original Mission buildings (convento) connected with the Church in the area that is, […]