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.
Mission San Buenaventura will present a special art exhibit from August 6 through November 5, 2016: a trilogy titled “El Camino Real” by late artist and architect Aurelio G. D. Mendoza.
Three large mural-like oil paintings depict the conversion of the indigenous people in Mexico; another depicting Fray Junipero Serra directing his companions forward on their travels; and the third painting depicting the construction of the first mission in Alta California, Misión San Diego de Alcala. Fray Junipero Serra founded the first nine of the famed 21 California missions.
Mendoza was a noted artist and architect in his day. His lasting legacy is "La Ofrenda," the construction of which began when Mendoza was 80 years old. Erected on the grounds of the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Mexico City, the monument adorns the Tepeyac gardens and includes 17 larger than life-sized statues depicting Mexican natives offering gifts of food and game to the Virgin of Guadalupe, who stands with open arms to the people of Mexico. Millions visit the site annually.
Mendoza never had his “El Camino Real” trilogy exhibited during his lifetime. It is thanks to the love and generosity of his daughter-in-law, Emma Mendoza, that the exhibit is made possible.
In honor of St. Junipero Serra, the first Hispanic saint to be canonized (September 23, 2015) on American soil, the exhibit will be on display to the public in the Mission San Buenaventura Gift Shop, 225 E. Main Street, Ventura. The Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a nominal fee to tour the Mission Museum, Gardens and Church.
The El Camino Real originated in Loreto, Baja California Sur and stretches from Baja in Mexico to San Rafael in Alta California in the United States of America. Presently, U.N.E.S.C.O. is considering the nomination of the El Camion Real and all the missions of the Californias for recognition as a World Heritage Site.
For more information on Aurelio Mendoza and his art please visit: http://www.aureliogdmendoza.com/#!select-past-works/ctdr
EXPLORE VENTURA'S SISTER: CITY, MISSION and NATIONAL PARKS: LORETO, MEXICO
For the first time since former Ventura mayor Cheryl Heitmann officially exchanged keys to the city with Loreto, Mexico, in 2015, the Ventura/Loreto Sister City Committee is inviting Venturans to travel with them to explore their sister city. Watch "Our Ventura" to learn more: http://ourventura.com/tv-shows/
Biannual visits to Loreto including hotel and non-stop flights from LAX, these trips are meant to promote and strengthen the sister city relationship between the cities, and the cost of the trip includes a donation to support the Ventura/Loreto Sister City Committee whose objectives include collaboration on tourism, culture, education, environment, and business initiatives. The committee brings together representatives from the City of Ventura, Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, San Buenaventura Mission, Santa Cruz Island Foundation, Consulate of Mexico, City of Loreto, Mision Nuestra Senora de Loreto, Eco Alianza, and Sister Cities SOCAL among others.
Loreto is a small city of approximately 17,000 people that sits on the east coast of Baja California, facing the Sea of Cortez. It was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula and is the starting point for the historic El Camino Real corridor that follows north along the ancient route of the Spanish missions from Mission of Our Lady of Loreto to Sonoma, California. From Loreto, Father Junipero Serra, who established the Mission San Buenaventura, planned his journey north to Alta California. Part of our tour will be of the mission, the first developed on the El Camino Real corridor going north along the ancient route to Sonoma, California. Where the past meets the future, this tour not only offers a peek into history, it also offers the opportunity to meet community leaders, learn more about the government and politics of Loreto and the Sister City relationship.
Loreto is also home to Loreto Bay National Park where Coronado, Del Carmen, Danzante, Montserrat and Santa Catalina Islands are home to over 800 species of marine life. With breathtaking cliffs, spectacular beaches and dramatic rock formations, these islands are a perfect landscape for the ecologically-minded or those who delight in a vast array of marine life. There are efforts to create a sister park relationship between Channel Islands National Park in Ventura and Loreto Bay National Park, that will provide extensive opportunities to share science, research conservation and eco-tourism programs, and sustainable growth efforts.
Trip inquiries should be directed to Stephen Joyce with Ventura Travel Professionals at 805-218-1962.
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Archbishop José H. Gomez, joined by health leaders, mothers and babies, launched a digital App designed to offer prayers, resources and support for thousands of women and girls nationwide in crisis pregnancies. The launch coincides with the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
"Today we are taking a big step to expand our circle of care and concern for unborn children and their mothers," said Archbishop Gomez. "Through this App we are launching today, we are creating a network of prayer and practical support to help women facing crisis pregnancies. This App will also engage Catholics and others, especially our young people, in the great spiritual work of praying and building a true culture of life here in Los Angeles and throughout our nation."
The Archdiocese's Office of Life, Justice and Peace has partnered with Options United, a Pasadena-based nonprofit, on the App available on smartphones and iPads by visiting www.optionsunited.org.
The Options United App lists services such as free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and post-abortion healing. App users, including friends and relatives of expectant mothers, are also just a click away to send a call for prayers to support pregnant women and girls in their decisions.
At the press event, Archbishop Gomez launched the App by sharing the App through his Facebook page and asking followers to join the virtual community and share the App with their family and friends.
Archbishop Gomez was joined by Jaime Hernandez, President of Manto de Guadalupe, Astrid Bennett, Executive Director, Los Angeles Pregnancy Services and Thomas Rudkins, of Options United. Archbishop Gomez was also joined by mothers, children and two women, Irene Beltran and Estella Piña, who delivered post-abortion testimonials.
The southern California region of the App includes 78 pregnancy centers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and neighboring dioceses that include the following counties: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties. People, pregnancy centers and pro-life resources nationwide are invited to register.
The App was prompted by national statistics reporting about 1.2 million abortions per year. (Source: Guttmacher Institute.) In Southern California, about 220 abortions happen daily.