Santa Clara Mission
Mission Santa Clara was founded in January of 1777 by the Franciscan Friar Tomás de la Peña on the banks of the Guadalupe River. The Mission relocated four times until it was finally established at the current site in 1825. Mission Santa Clara was the eighth of 21 Franciscan missions established in Alta California (Upper California) throughout the years 1769-1823, as Spain attempted to consolidate its power in the region as well as to evangelize its native population. These missions were governed by the Colegio de San Fernando in Mexico City until 1833, when Mission Santa Clara and other northern missions were entrusted to the Colegio de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Zacatecas, Mexico.
Chronology:Locations & Churches
- January 12, 1777
- Mission Santa Clara founded by Franciscan Friar Tomás de la Peña near present day intersection of Central Expressway and De La Cruz Boulevard.
- Mission church relocated to second site near present day corner of Martin Avenue and De La Cruz Boulevard.
- Mission church relocated to third site near the present day main entrance to campus at 500 El Camino Real, under what is now Charney Hall.
- Mission church housed in a temporary adobe buillding on the lawn across from present day St. Joseph's Hall. This was to be a temporary church while the fifth church was under construction at its present day location.
- Fifth church building opened, subsequently destroyed by fire in 1926.
- Sixth church, newly constructed and expanded, reopens to the campus community.