Mission Santa Clara de Asís
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Mission Santa Clara de Asís, shown in 2008
|Location||Palm Drive and Alviso Street intersection|
University of Santa Clara
Santa Clara, California 95053
|Name as founded||La Misión Santa Clara de Asís|
|English translation||The Mission of Saint Clare of Assisi|
|Founding date||January 12, 1777|
|Founding priest(s)||Father Presidente Junípero Serra|
|Bay Miwok, Tamyen, Yokuts|
|Native place name(s)||Socoisuka|
|Governing body||Santa Clara University; Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose|
|Current use||University of the chapel; Parish church|
Mission Santa Clara de Asís is a Spanish mission in the city of Santa Clara, California. The mission, which was the eighth in California, was founded on January 12, 1777 by the Franciscan order. Named for Saint Clare of Assisi, who founded the order of the Poor Clares and was an early companion of St. Francis of Assisi, this was the first California mission to be named in honor of a woman.
It is the namesake of both the city and county of Santa Clara, as well as of Santa Clara University, which was built around the mission. This is the only mission located on the grounds of a university campus. Although ruined and rebuilt six times, the settlement was never abandoned, and today it functions as the university chapel for Santa Clara University.
- Leffingwell, p. 137
- Yenne, p. 80
- Ruscin, p. 196.
- Leffingwell, p. 137. Though Serra is generally credited with the Mission's founding, it was Father Tomás de la Peña who actually celebrated the first mass at the site.
- Krell, p. 167
- Forbes, p. 202
- Ruscin, p. 195
- Krell, p. 315: as of December 31, 1832; information adapted from Engelhardt's Missions and Missionaries of California. Mission Santa Clara witnessed the greatest number of baptisms, marriages, and burials of any settlement in the Alta California chain.
- Krell, p. 315: as of December 31, 1832; information adapted from Engelhardt's Missions and Missionaries of California.
- "Santa Clara de Asís". California Missions Foundation. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
- Ruscin, p. 79
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