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San Francisco, California: Catholic Churches and Shrines


About the Catholic Church in San Francisco:

The city of San Francisco draws its name from the patron saint of the Franciscans, Saint Francis of Assisi.

The Franciscans accompanied the early Spanish explorers in this area, and the first Church was the Mission San Francisco de Asís, which was founded in 1776. The mission church that stands today was completed in 1791 and attached next door is Mission Dolores Basilica.


Here are a few Catholic places of interest in San Francisco:

Church of Our Lady of Victories (Notre Dame des Victoires): French church founded by the Marist Fathers, one Sunday Mass in French

Mission Dolores Basilicafounded by Junipero Sera

National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi:  relics of both Saint Francis and Saint Clare, as well as Saint Anthony of Padua

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church & Marian Shrine:  Latin Mass, Perpetual Adoration, Shrine to Marian Apparitions.

Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus in Saint Dominic’s Church one of the most beautiful churches in San Francisco


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