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The 2022-2023 fiscal year was a terrific year for Mission San Juan Capistrano. If the walls could indeed talk, perhaps what would be said of this past year is that it represented a period of growth, a year for people to return to something beautiful, a year for students to come back, and a chance for traditions to be carried out. This last year was one where the Landmark shined brightly as a place of inspiration, education, and preservation. This past year the bells were rung daily with enthusiasm.

Through your support, and through the hard work and ingenuity from many, Mission San Juan Capistrano uniquely served a diverse audience of the faithful, artist, family, the student, the sick and suffering, the traveler, and more. This year the doors were wide open for everyone who wanted to be here.

Those that joined us this past year continued to make their own special experience here, whether to enjoy the new garden audio tour, take part in a special event, listen to a live band, experience outdoor theatre, hear an intriguing lecture, take a peek at Al Capone’s signature, learn something new from a docent, pray in the Chapel, or merely take in the beauty of the setting. The Mission delivered on making all of these experiences possible.

It was a terrific year because our staff grew together as a team and grew in numbers allowing for better operations. Our volunteers continued to serve with great passion and purpose, and together, along with our contract staff and vendors, we all made sure that every day was a good one.

Of course, it was also a year of hard work, planning, budgeting, fundraising, teaching, and hosting. It was a year of remodeling tired and inefficient restrooms, repairing aged columns, fixing decaying walls, and taking time to assess what comes next to ensure we all take good care of this place.

Always moving forward, the entity worked to carry out a major rebrand of its education program. Now known as Remember the Builders™, its new 4th grade student audio tour “If these Walls Could Talk™” debuted this past year to an appreciative audience. To date, the new offering has been lauded by educators and parents from throughout California.

Of course, education partnerships with the Discovery Cube Foundation and Journeys to the Past Native American Education Programming were also highly impactful in helping the Mission to create a learning experience that stays with students for a lifetime. Cumulatively, and with our partners’ contributions, efforts this past year went a long way toward serving to shape students’ understanding and respect of the past. Indeed, this past year we worked tirelessly to provide information that did not present history as an either/or proposition, but rather worked to help young learners appreciate the many sacrifices made by the original padres, indigenous, soldiers who came together to make this place possible over 247 years ago.

Mission San Juan Capistrano 2022/2023 in review:

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