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Padre Fermin Francisco de Lausen founded Mission San Jose on June 11, 1797, who succeeded Padre Junipero Serra. Mission San Jose is the 14th of the 21 missions. Mission San Jose is in Fremont, California. Masses are still held in the church. We found that the best time to visit is on a Sunday, after mass. A nominal fee to visit the church and museum.

The Ohlone Indians and other nearby tribes thrived in this part of California. The soil was fertile and water was plentiful. Upon the arrival of the Franciscans, the Ohlone tribe converted to a religious Christian life.

A massive earthquake destroyed the original Mission church in 1868. A new church then rebuilt over the old foundations. Reconstruction of the church began in the 1980s the interior reflecting the years of 1833-1840.

The statue on the left is St. Bonaventure, circa 1808. The right picture, is a “nail said to contain within its hollow center fillings from a nail of the true cross”.

The redwood logs above came from the original convento attic. Below, mission bells played a significant role in the lives of the community, which regulated their daily schedules: meal time, prayer time, work, siesta, etc. This cistern is a water filter.

Church entrance, above is the organ.