Serra Chapel


Welcome Catholic Visitors!

Father Junipero Serra, 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 and tradition to the Native Americans. Over the last 200 years, Mission San Juan Capistrano has continued to serve its Catholic community.

Serra Chapel

The Mission heart, or spiritual center, is located in the Serra Chapel, which dates back to the 1780s. Generations and generations of Catholics have celebrated mass, attended weddings, baptisms, and funerals. The Serra Chapel houses memories generations past, and future.

Starting in 2005, and recently completed in 2010, Serra Chapel has undergone a great amount of conservation in order to protect the chapel for future generations.

The conservation treatments include:

  • Conservation of statues, artwork, and artifacts
  • Protection of the decorative wall paintings
  • Stabilization of the original wall plasters
  • Cleaning of the 17th-century paintings
  • Repair and re-gilding of the golden retablo
  • Repair of the Sacristy and choir loft
  • Safeguarding of the original fabric from further deterioration, including wooden beams, decorative corbels, and other features under threat

If you would like to celebrate mass in Historic Serra Chapel, please see service information below.
For the mass schedule at the Basilica, the San Juan Capistrano Parish's main house of worship, please click here.

Serra Chapel

Historic Serra Chapel Mass Schedule
(East Gate Entrance located on El Camino Real)

Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m.
Sunday Latin Mass: 6:30 a.m. (1st Sunday of the month) and 8:00 a.m. (Every Sunday)

Please Note:
The special prayer room within the chapel dedicated to Saint Peregrine the patron saint of cancer sufferers is open free of charge at the scheduled Mass times listed above.