Mission San Diego de Alcalá

July 16, 1769 - St. Junípero Serra founded Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the first of the 21 California missions, which marks the birthplace of Christianity on the West Coast of the United States.

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Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

June 3, 1770 - St. Junípero Serra founded Mission San Carlos Borroméo del rio Carmelo, the 2nd of the 21 California missions. Pilgrims from all over the world go there to visit the grave of the Mission’s founder.

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel

September 8, 1771 - Mission San Gabriel Arcángel was consecrated by Fathers Pedro Cambón and Angel de la Somera and was the 4th of the 21 California missions. The baptismal font was brought from Spain in 1771 and is still in use.

Mission San Francisco de Asís

October 9, 1776 - Mission San Francisco de Asís was consecrated by Father Francisco Palóu and was the 6th of the 21 California missions. It is the oldest intact Mission and the oldest building in San Francisco.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

November 1, 1776 - St, Junípero Serra founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, the 7th of the 21 California missions. The Serra Chapel, built in 1782, is the only original California mission church still standing in which the Apostle of California is known to have celebrated the sacraments.

Mission Santa Clara de Asís

January 12, 1777 - Junípero Serra founded Mission Santa Clara de Asís, the 8th of the 21 California missions and the first mission in California named after a woman. The mission was consecrated by Father Tomás de la Peña.

Mission San Buenaventura

March 31, 1782 - St. Junípero Serra founded Mission San Buenaventura, the 9th of the 21 California missions, last founded during his lifetime, and one of six he personally dedicated.

Mission Santa Cruz

August 28, 1791 - Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuén founded Mission Santa Cruz (la Exaltacion de la Santa Cruz), the 12th of the 21 California missions. It was here in 1812 that the second and last priest was killed during the California mission period, Andrés Quintana.

Mission San Juan Bautista

June 24, 1797 - Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuén founded Mission San Juan Bautista, the 15th of the 21 California missions. Known as “The Mission of Music,” the church has had an unbroken succession of pastors from its foundation. Fun fact: Scenes in Hitchcock’s Vertigo were filmed at the Mission.

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

June 13, 1798 - Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuén founded Mission San Luis Rey de Francia (at Oceanside), the 18th of the 21 California missions. Father Antonio Peyri was its pastor for over 33 years.

Mission San Rafael Arcángel

December 14, 1817 - Father Vicente Francisco de Sarría founded Mission San Rafael Arcángel, the 20th of the 21 California missions. Due to its good weather, it was initially founded as a place to care for sick Indians from Mission San Francisco de Asís.

Mission San Francisco Solano

July 4, 1823 - Founded by Father José Altimira, Mission San Francisco Solano (at Sonoma) was the last to be established and the only one under Mexican governance. At its peak in 1832, there were nearly 1,000 Native California Indians (Miwok, Pomo, Patwin, and Wapo) connected to the Mission. Read more: https://bit.ly/Aleteia_SSpilgrimage