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Mission Santa Clara de Asís

Welcome to the spiritual and historic heart of Santa Clara University

Historic Mission Santa Clara is a consecrated Roman Catholic church situated on the campus of Santa Clara University. First established in 1777, the Franciscan Order handed the Mission over to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1851, who then started Santa Clara College, the first institution of higher education in California.  The Mission has always stood at the center of the campus’ religious and spiritual life, and it continues to welcome Roman Catholic liturgy, spiritual observance, and other activities appropriate to the University’s purpose as a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning.  The University’s Campus Ministry and Mission Church staff, along with the Santa Clara Jesuit Community collaborate in the liturgical and pastoral activities conducted in and around the Mission Church.

COVID19 Updates

  1. Unrestricted access to the interior of Mission Santa Clara (for touring and visitation purposes) will become available beginning Sunday, June 20, 2021.
  2. Capacity limitations for in-person attendance may be instituted as mandated or determined by Santa Clara University COVID guidelines and protocols.
  3. Per the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, masks are required for all individuals when gathered indoors, regardless of vaccination status, beginning on Aug 3, 2021.
  4. Simply email with any quesitons or concerns you may have.   


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