Founded on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1782, San Buenaventura Mission is the ninth and last mission consecrated by Saint Junipero Serra. Named in honor of Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274: Cardinal and Doctor of the Church), it is known as the "Mission by the Sea".
The Old Mission welcomes visitors from sunrise until sunset. Known for its beautiful gardens and faithfully restored artifacts the mission is a always an experience to visit. Tours available daily.
"The People of God." That's how the second Vatican Council (Vatican II) described believers, drawn from the Biblical Scriptures.
One of the hallmarks of the Catholic faith is that we tend to take the long view. Today's media are obsessed with immediacy – and exposure to it wears down everyone's attention span. We are tempted to accept that nearly everything is in constant "crisis" – usually on the basis of breathless and exaggerated media coverage of scandals, violence and controversy. Few can step back from the grip of this artificial atmosphere.
Which underscores the power of prayer, the necessity of silence and the value of worship. The People of God are not in crisis. Yes, we face personal hardships and challenges and our church is undergoing strains in the modern world. But if we focus on the eternal, we regain perspective on what is truly . . .vital. "So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1st Corinthians 13:13)
As the world awaits a puff of white smoke to see who will step out onto the balcony as the next Pope, the People of God trust the Holy Spirit to guide us all.