Visit to Carmel Mission
In July Annette and I had the wonderful experience of visiting the
Basilica Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo (Carmel Mission)
California. This was the second mission in California, founded on June
3, 1770. The mission was originally on the shore of Monterrey Bay,
however Fr. Serra was concerned about the mission’s proximity to
the Presidio, and he moved the mission to its present site near Carmel
Bay on August
The vaulted ceiling of the church is formed by stone catenary arches, which created a sense of awe when we entered the church.
The mission was Fr. Serra’s headquarters, and where he lived a simple life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. He became known as the Father-Presidente of the entire mission chain.
Fr. Serra died on August 28th, 1784. He is buried at the foot of the main altar, along with Fr. Fermin Lasuen, who succeeded him, and with some of his fellow Franciscans.
Other views of the church are shown below.
Annette and I highly recommend
a visit to the Carmel Mission. It leaves you with a feeling of personal contact
with Fr. Serra and a greater understanding of what he accomplished.
All photos Copyright 2003 by Tim Healy
Go to Junipero Serra's Biography page
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