Carmel, California: San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission Basilica and Museum
Called, the “Father of the California Missions”, Father Junipero helped establish a chain of 9 missions. This is the second of those, and the place where he is entombed.
His reputation has recently been attacked as having been one of those who enslaved and persecuted the natives, but in actuality he urged the military rulers of the time to treat them fairly. This fact has been overlooked in these times and attempts have been made to disparage his efforts.
Father Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988. We celebrate his Feast Day on July 1.
About San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission Basilica:
The Carmel Mission Basilica is the second of the Alta (Upper) California Spanish Missions. It was originally founded on the shores of Monterey in 1770. Soon after its founding the Mission was moved by Franciscan Father Junipero Serra to its current location near the ocean mouth of the Carmel River in 1771.
Still an active Parish today, the Mission has been beautifully restored so that it retains its beautiful simplicity that harkens back to the days when the missions were a centerpiece of evangelization in the New World.
Father Serra is buried here under the floor of the church, just to the left of the altar.
There is an admission charge to the museum, which helps in the upkeep of the facility.
There three daily Masses during the week and, of course, several Masses on Sundays.
Traveling to the Mission in Carmel:
Address: 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
GPS coordinates: 36° 32′ 32.7372” N, 121° 55′ 12.9036” W
Tel: +1 (831) 624-1271 Fax: +1 (831) 624-8050
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (pilgrim services)
Click here for the official website of San Carlos Borromeo Mission and Museum in Carmel, California.
Photo credit: San Carlos Borremeo Mission