Old Mission San Juan Bautista

Old Mission San Juan Bautista

The Old Mission San Juan Bautista...

...began with a group of leather-jacketed soldiers and a few Native Americans watching a tonsured Franciscan priest raise his eyes and hands toward the sky...

"In the name of our blessed Father, and the saint whose feast we commemorate today, St. John the Baptist..."

The day was June 24, 1797, a Saturday, and the priest was Fr. Fermin de Lasuen, Presidente of the California Missions successor to Blessed Junipero Serra. This mission was one of four established by Fr. Lasuen in the summer of 1797 and the fifteenth of the twenty-one missions in Alta, California.

Construction began almost immediately under the care of Fathers Jose Manuel de Martiarena and Pedro Martinez. By Christmas, because of the friendly and cooperative indigenous people, not only was there an adobe church built but also a grainary, barracks, a monastery, and some adobe houses...

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(updated 1/20/15)


Mission Brand

Mission Cattle Brand

2014/2015 School Field Trip Reservations

The Parish Office will be CLOSED on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

The Gift Shop and Museum will be open regular business hours...9:30 am to
4:30 pm

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

9 am to 12 Noon
1 pm to 4 pm


Parish Registration Form

Mission Brochure
English (pdf)
Spanish (pdf)

Milestones of the Mission

Mission Facts

Sacrament of the Sun

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Gift Shop - 831.623.4528
Faith Formation - 831.623.4178
Parish Office - 831.623.2127
Mailing Address - P. O. Box 400, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
Street Address - 406 Second Street, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

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