Tour of Mission San Luis Rey

How old is your church? Yesterday, I was given a tour of a church founded in 1798! One of the original missions of the Franciscans in the southwest, Mission San Luis Rey is the largest adobe church in the country, and because it was not damaged like most of the others, is still in incredible condition. Naturally, it is a major tourist stop, as many come from great distances to see the old church and museum, but it is also a thriving parish, complete with two parish halls and a retreat center to accommodate it’s 6000 families! It was so inspiring to see the legacy of the friars alive and well today!

But rather than writing all about it, why don’t I show you? Here are a few pictures of the mission, and at the bottom, you will find my second video blog, Day Two: Tour of Mission San Luis Rey.

Mission San Luis Rey is a gorgeous adobe church in Oceanside, CA.

Mission San Luis Rey is a gorgeous adobe church in Oceanside, CA.

The original mission

The original mission

The friars have a long history in California

The friars have a long history in California

Edgardo having a little fun with Francis

Edgardo having a little fun with Francis

 

 

(If you’re reading this post from your email, be sure to click here to see the video. Apparently it doesn’t show up in emails.)

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10 Comments on “Tour of Mission San Luis Rey

  1. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time, Casey! When will you be back in Triangle, VA at St Francis?

    Mary Ann

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      • Hard to say right now…since you are just getting started. I love the art and architecture you are showing but that is the artist in me. What caught me about your blog…which I found simply by rambling along and following the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit…is the honest way you convey your thoughts and relationship with God and others. Safe and glorious travels across the country and into the heart of God.

  2. I really enjoyed the video tour. You are becoming quite the camera man and director. This is a wonderful way for us to learn more about our Franciscan commuinity

    • Thanks Janice! I’m learning as I go and trying different styles. Any suggestions you have would be much appreciated!

  3. Your video brought back fond memories for me. I went on a two day private retreat at the Mission, during my own cross country trip back in the late ’70’s. It was a beautiful, and refreshing spiritual experience for me. One little downer experience, the trunk of my car was invaded by a group of ants. I must confess that my solution to the situation was not very Franciscan.!

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