Religion & Spirituality
Father Junipero Serra (1713 – 1784), established Mission San Juan Capistrano on November 1, 1776, over 230 years ago. Like the other missions in California, Mission San Juan Capistrano was established to spread the Catholic faith. Over the last 200 years, Mission San Juan Capistrano has continued to serve its Catholic community. Although founded in the Catholic tradition, the site itself brings a sense of peace and deep spirituality to visitors of all faith traditions.
The Mission heart, or spiritual center, is located in the Serra Chapel, which dates back to the 1780s and where the Eucharist has been celebrated daily. As California’s only chapel still standing where soon-to-be Saint Serra celebrated Mass, it is the most historically significant church visited by millions. The Serra Chapel houses memories from generations past, present, and future.