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.
- Unrestricted access to the interior of Mission Santa Clara (for touring and visitation purposes) will become available beginning Sunday, June 20, 2021.
- In-person attendance at any indoor event or liturgy at the Mission still requires pre-registration and will adhere to certain capacity limitations as mandated by the Bishop of the Diocese of San Jose.
- Masks are encouraged but not required to enter Mission Santa Clara.
- Simply email MissionSantaClara@scu.edu with any quesitons or concerns you may have.
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