Parish Life

Parish Life
 

Called to go “always forward” by the Holy Spirit, Mission Basilica San Buenaventura disciples witness the love of Jesus Christ through prayer and service to promote unity among our faith community.

Llamados a ir “siempre adelante” por el Espíritu Santo, los discípulos de la Misión Basílica San Buenaventura testifican el amor de Jesucristo a través de la oración y el servicio para promover la unidad en nuestra comunidad de fe.

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History

History
 

Founded on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1782, San Buenaventura Mission is the ninth and last mission consecrated by Saint Junipero Serra. Named in honor of Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274: Cardinal and Doctor of the Church), it is known as the "Mission by the Sea".

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Visitor Information

Visitor Information
 

The Old Mission welcomes visitors from sunrise until sunset.  Known for its beautiful gardens and faithfully restored artifacts the mission is a always an experience to visit.  Tours available daily.

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Michelangelo's Pieta

A Vatican licensed marble-cast of Michelangelo’s masterpiece Pieta is added to the sacred art collection at Mission San Buenaventura. Pieta for pub booklet

Forty-one years ago, May 21, 1972, the Renaissance statue was damaged at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The incident, and what subsequently became one of the most delicate and controversial art restorations in history, stunned the world. Forty-six years later Mr. and Mrs. Brad Hanson of Arizona made an extraordinary financial gift to Mission San Buenaventura.  The Mission then acquired the Vatican licensed No. 73/100 marble-cast Pieta statue being placed around the world through ArteDivine S.A. and Richard and Esther Stewart, The Michelangelo Legacy.

Michelangelo was commissioned on August 27, 1498 and carved it out of a single block of Carrera marble he chose himself from a Tuscan quarry. The replica acquired by Mission San Buenaventura is composed of crushed Carrera marble from the same quarry Michelangelo chose. The crushed marble is mixed with resin and adhesives and then polished to resemble the original work of art. The Pieta at St. Peter’s Basilica is viewed by millions of people annually. Visitors to Mission San Buenaventura are able to view the sacred art in the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, formerly the Baptistry.

The statue is so lifelike that the viewer can almost feel the curls of the dead Christ’s hair and the softness of the Madonna’s lips. The veins in Christ’s muscular arms seem to be still holding blood. The folds in the Madonna’s veil seem made of muslin rather than marble. When art historian Giorgio Vasari saw the statue in 1550 he wrote in his book about the lives of artists. “It is a miracle that a rock, which before was without form, can take on such perfection that even nature sometimes struggles to create in the flesh”.

Art work designed by M.B. Hanrahan (faux curtains and prayer lettering) and Belgar "Chief" Merlich with apprentice Sarah (stained glass window).

Mission San Buenaventura, founded in 1782 by St. Junipero Serra, continues to be an active Catholic parish and is open daily to the public for pilgrimage and tour.

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Office Hours

Parish Center Office Hours:
Horario Oficina del Centro
Parroquial:
Monday-Friday/ Lunes a Viernes
8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.