Mission Santa Clara de Asís

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Mission Santa Clara
Mission Santa Clara
Mission Santa Clara de Asís, shown in 2008
Mission Santa Clara is located in San Jose, California
Mission Santa Clara
Location in the Santa Clara Valley
LocationPalm Drive and Alviso Street intersection
University of Santa Clara
Santa Clara, California 95053
Coordinates37°20′57″N 121°56′29″W / 37.3493°N 121.9415°W / 37.3493; -121.9415Coordinates: 37°20′57″N 121°56′29″W / 37.3493°N 121.9415°W / 37.3493; -121.9415
Name as foundedLa Misión Santa Clara de Asís[1]
English translationThe Mission of Saint Clare of Assisi
Founding dateJanuary 12, 1777[2]
Founding priest(s)Father Presidente Junípero Serra[3][4]
Founding OrderEighth[5]
Military districtFourth[6]
Native tribe(s)
Spanish name(s)
Bay Miwok, Tamyen, Yokuts
Costeño
Native place name(s)Socoisuka[7]
Baptisms8,536[8]
Marriages2,498[8]
Burials6,809[8]
Neophyte population1,125[9]
Secularized1836[5]
Governing bodySanta Clara University; Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose
Current useUniversity of the chapel; Parish church
Reference no.#338
Website
www.scu.edu/missionchurch/
Mission Santa Clara de Asís, c. 1910
A view toward the altar of the exquisitely ornate Mission Santa Clara de Asís chapel, c. 1897

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.[10]

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,[11] and today it functions as the university chapel for Santa Clara University.

  1. ^ Leffingwell, p. 137
  2. ^ Yenne, p. 80
  3. ^ Ruscin, p. 196.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b Krell, p. 167
  6. ^ Forbes, p. 202
  7. ^ Ruscin, p. 195
  8. ^ a b c 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.
  9. ^ Krell, p. 315: as of December 31, 1832; information adapted from Engelhardt's Missions and Missionaries of California.
  10. ^ "Santa Clara de Asís". California Missions Foundation. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  11. ^ Ruscin, p. 79

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