© San Buenaventura Mission
Situated in between Malibu and Santa Barbara in Ventura, California on the California Pacific coastline, San Buenaventura Mission is a Spanish mission that is open for the public to explore and enjoy. Founded by Franciscan Father Junípero Serra in 1782, San Buenaventura Mission was the ninth Spanish mission to be established in California and the last by Father Serra. Named after 13th century Franciscan Saint Bonaventure and ‘Doctor of the Church,’ San Buenaventura Mission still functions a parish church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles today.
Established after a delay of 12 years due to a lack of military escorts needed to build the mission, San Buenaventura Mission’s first church burned down in 1973 and only a small part of the entire mission complex still stands today. The new church took 16 years to build, the roof of which was replaced in 1976 and is currently the parish church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA. Other buildings on the site of the Mission include a new three-story school building called the Holy Cross School ranging from pre-kindergarten through grade 8 and classrooms for adults. Other buildings include the Serra Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration, a parish/school kitchen, and a large assembly hall used for large church gatherings and Sunday Mass.
Today all that remains of the original San Buenaventura Mission is the church, which continues to be an active Catholic Parish that serves around 2,000 families and its beautiful garden. The Mission is home to a small museum that features a collection of Chumash Indian artifacts and other interesting mission-era items.
The mission of the San Buenaventura Mission is to “spread God's Word through compassionate service.” Committed to building unity within the local community, the parish’s goals are to deepen spirituality, develop leadership and evangelize worshipers.
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