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Sunday, February 23, 2014

San Luis Rey Mission

Our daughter called last week to see if I would like to go on a 4th grade "behind the scenes" tour of Mission San Luis Rey. I jumped at the chance, an opportunity to spend time with my daughter and granddaughter, and to visit a mission I have only driven by on Hwy 76.

Molly is going to do a PowerPoint presentation for her 4th grade mission project; students now have choices!  When our daughter was in 4th grade, everyone had to build a model of their selected mission.


Photo taken 3/22/14, pld

"Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is a former Spanish mission in the city of OceansideCalifornia. The mission was founded on June 13, 1798 by Padre Fermín Lasuén, and was the eighteenth of the Spanish missions established in California. Named for Saint Louis, the mission lent its name to the Luiseño tribe of Mission Indians.

The current church, built in 1811, is the third church on this location. Today the mission complex functions as a parish church of the Diocese of San Diego as well as a museum and retreat center." 

Model of the mission.

Photo taken 3/22/14
Mary, our guide, is a retired school teacher and very engaging with the young and old.

Photo taken 3/22/14

The current church, built in 1811, is the third church built on this location. It is a beautiful example of Spanish mission architecture. Today the mission complex functions as a parish church of the Diocese of San Diego as well as a museum and retreat center.


Photo taken 3/22/14

Photo taken 3/2214
Saint Francis of Assisi statue in museum courtyard. 
Photo taken 3/22/14
Founded in 1798, the San Luis Rey Mission cemetery is the oldest cemetery in north San Diego County.











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