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Mission Santa Clara de Asís

Mission Church Facade

Established in 1777, Mission Santa Clara is now the Student Chapel for Santa Clara University.

Welcome to the spiritual and historic heart of Santa Clara University

Historic Mission Santa Clara is a beautiful icon that sits at the center of our campus.  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.  Today, the Mission serves as the student chapel for Santa Clara University.

Holy Family Restoration Update

Pictured to the right, you can see Andre and Barbara Bossak working on the restoration of the Holy Family Painting.  By the time the Bossaks are finished, they will have succeeded in cleaning off almost a century of dust and debris, VERY carefully restretching the canvas, fixing the failing framing supports, installing a moisture barrier, and retouching damaged areas of both the painting and frame so that this historic work of art can continue inspiring generations to come.  This conservation effort is due in large part to donations from the California Missions Foundation and individual private donors.  If you're interested in contributing to this project, feel more than free to make a donation towards the Mission's Conservation and Restoration Fund.  Make sure to stop by and see the progress!