MissionChronicles

Mission Chronicles


Mission Chronicles is a monthly article published in both the Capistrano Dispatch and OC Register which provides information for locals on projects underway to ensure the preservation of Mission San Juan Capistrano history.

A Place of Volunteerism
Published January 27, 2017 in the Capistrano Dispatch

More than 300,000 visitors each year are warmly welcomed to Mission San Juan Capistrano and assisted by our caring volunteers who dedicate over 8,000 hours a year to keeping the Mission a vibrant place of inspiration, education, and preservation.

Mission leadership is grateful for the special role our volunteers play here every day and are grateful for their commitment of time to keep the Mission relevant, keep California history alive and our gates open to an appreciative world audience.

Today we have more than 300 individuals who help.  Each and every volunteer makes a difference no matter the role they take on. Many of our volunteers help in several different areas.  What makes Mission San Juan Capistrano a top work place is its emphasis on service and making sure the landmark is represented with the spirit of Franciscan hospitality.

These core values are directed to one another, as well as our guests.  The Mission Preservation Foundation looks forward to hosting our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the El Adobe restaurant to celebrate every volunteer.  This year on January 24th,  San Juan Capistrano Mayor, Kerry Ferguson, and the entire City Council of San Juan Capistrano joined us as we congratulated the many achievements of our volunteers:

Mission Docent Society
Mission San Juan Capistrano Docents make California history come alive for approximately 68,000 school children and adult chaperones each year.

Gardening Angels
Our Gardening Angels care for our Mission plants and flowers alongside O’Connell Landscape Maintenance to ensure the setting is pristine.  The dedicated group can be found rain or shine on the grounds each Wednesday morning pruning, mulching, fertilizing, and planting to help make the Mission gardens stunning for guests.

Women’s Guild
The Guild works on special activities and fundraising at the Mission.  The Guild’s crowning achievement is the publication of a beautiful, award-winning cookbook,The Bells are Ringing – A Call to Table, now in its fifth printing and available at the Mission Store.

Curiosity Carts
These volunteers work at information carts to answer the lively questions of visitors and fourth graders working on their California mission report.

Special Events
Many volunteers help to sell opportunity drawing tickets at special events, or assist in set up and tear down for festivals and special programs. Native American Basket Weavers — descendants from the original builders of the Mission, the Acjachemen people — showcase their traditions regularly and teach about the many ways and uses of basket weaving.  These artisans share their skill sets and answer questions about history of the area’s indigenous people.

On behalf of the Mission Preservation Foundation we invite you to join our Mission family, and become an active volunteer working with others who are committed to preserving and celebrating the past for future generations to come enjoy and learn.

For more information about how to make a difference, please contact Pat March, Volunteer Program Administrator at (949) 234-1322 or pmarch@missionsjc.com.


ARCHIVES:

February 27, 2017
St. Joseph’s Day and Return of the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

January 27, 2017
A Place of Volunteerism
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

December 29, 2016
When Was the Last Time You Took a Tour of the Mission?
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

December 23, 2016
Holiday Gift Giving at the Mission Store
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

November 25, 2016
Christmas at the Mission
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

November 24, 2016
Christmas at the Mission
Published in the OC Register

September 29, 2016
Thank You For a Great Summer
Published in the OC Register

September 23, 2016
Thank You For a Great Summer
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

August 26, 2016
An Invitation to San Juan Capistrano Residents and Businesses
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

August 25, 2016
An Invitation to San Juan Capistrano Residents and Businesses
Published in the OC Register

July 28, 2016
$5 Off Any Membership for San Juan Capistrano Residents
Published in the OC Register

July 22, 2016
$5 Off Any Membership for San Juan Capistrano Residents
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

June 30, 2016
Our Team Raises Over $4,000 for Another Non-Profit
Published in the OC Register

June 24, 2016
Our Team Raises Over $4,000 for Another Non-Profit
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

May 27, 2016
Family Summer Fun! Crafts, Camps & Activities
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

May 26, 2016
Family Summer Fun! Crafts, Camps & Activities
Published in the OC Register

April 28, 2016
New At Mission Treasures Exhibit
Published in the OC Register

April 22, 2016
New At Mission Treasures Exhibit
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

March 31, 2016
Celebrate the Acjachemen People’s Culture and History at the Mission
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

March 25, 2016
Celebrate the Acjachemen People’s Culture and History at the Mission
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

February 26, 2016
Visit Historic Downtown San Juan Capistrano for Two Great Weekends in March
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

February 25, 2016
Visit Historic Downtown San Juan Capistrano for Two Great Weekends in March
Published in the OC Register

January 28, 2016
Newly Refurbished Spanish Colonial Room
Published in the OC Register

January 22, 2016
Newly Refurbished Spanish Colonial Room
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

December 24, 2015
Holiday Gift Giving at Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano
Published in the OC Register

December 19, 2015
Holiday Gift Giving at Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

November 27, 2015
Help Us Conserve Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

November 26, 2015
Help Us Conserve Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano
Published in the OC Register

October 29, 2015
Thank You For A Great Summer
Published in the OC Register

October 23, 2015
Thank You For A Great Summer
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

September 25, 2015
Now Open! Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

September 24, 2015
Now Open! Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit
Published in the OC Register

August 28, 2015
Father Serra’s Canonization Celebration
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

August 27, 2015
Father Serra’s Canonization Celebration
Published in the OC Register

July 30, 2015
New Parking Service
Published in the OC Register

July 24, 2015
New Parking Service
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

June 26, 2015
Old Places as an Anchor
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

June 5, 2015
Old Places as an Anchor
Published in the OC Register

May 28, 2015
Free Weekend Trolley Service Launching in San Juan Capistrano
Published in the OC Register

May 22, 2015
Free Weekend Trolley Service Launching in San Juan Capistrano
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

April 24, 2015
“Big Thank You” to our Teachers
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

April 23, 2015
“Big Thank You” to our Teachers
Published in the OC Register

March 27, 2015
An Announcement of Historic Proportions
Published in the OC Register

March 26, 2015
An Announcement of Historic Proportions
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

February 27, 2015
Celebrating Father Junipero Serra in News!
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

February 5, 2015
Our Volunteers are People with a Passion and a Mission
Published in the OC Register

January 23, 2015
Our Volunteers are People with a Passion and a Mission
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

December 19, 2014
Connecting People to Save History
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

December 4, 2014
Holiday Gift Giving From Your Local Landmark
Published in the OC Register

November 6, 2014
San Juan Capistrano’s Heritage Tourism Association Is History in the Making
Published in the OC Register

October 24, 2014
San Juan Capistrano’s Heritage Tourism Association Is History in the Making
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

October 10, 2014
Visitors Who Teach Us What We Already Know
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

October 9, 2014
Visitors Who Teach Us What We Already Know
Published in the OC Register

September 13, 2014
Hands Around the Mission
Published in the OC Register

April 25, 2014
Monsignor Holquin Takes on New Role
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

April 11, 2014
El Viaje de Portola Riders – Honorees at Gala
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

March 28, 2014
History and Preservation of the Olive Mill
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

March 14, 2014
About the Swallows Image
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

March 13, 2014
About the Swallows Image
Published in the OC Register

February 28, 2014
Volunteers are on a Mission to Bring San Juan History to Life!
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

February 14, 2014
The Truth Is Here About the Return of the Swallows
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

January 30, 2014
The Truth Is Here About the Return of the Swallows
Published in the OC Register

January 24, 2014
Executive Director’s Message
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

January 23, 2014
Volunteers are on a Mission to Bring San Juan Capistrano History to Life!
Published in the OC Register

January 16, 2014
Executive Director’s Message
Published in the OC Register

January 10, 2014
New Organ in the Historic Serra Chapel
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

January 9, 2014
New Organ in the Historic Serra Chapel
Published in the OC Register

January 2, 2014
History of the Central Courtyard
Published in the OC Register

December 27, 2013
Future Plans for Historic Sala Building
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

December 26, 2013
Future Plans for Historic Sala Building
Published in the OC Register

December 19, 2013
Saving the Mission for the Next Generation
Published in the OC Register

December 13, 2013
Native American Basket Weavers Maintain Tradition
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

December 12, 2013
Today is the Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Published in the OC Register

December 5, 2013
Native American Basket Weavers Maintain Tradition
Published in the OC Register

November 28, 2013
Station of the Cross XII Painting to Undergo Conservation
Published in the OC Register

November 22, 2013
300 Years of Father Serra
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch

November 21, 2013
300 Years of Father Serra
Published in the OC Register

November 14, 2013
Camposanto: A Tribute to the Mission Cemetery History
Published in the OC Register

November 4, 2013
Camposanto: A Tribute to the Mission Cemetery History
Published in the Capistrano Dispatch