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Mission San Jose was founded on June 11, 1797 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen on a site which was part of a natural highway by way of the Livermore Valley to the San Joaquin Valley. It is the fourteenth of the 21 Spanish Missions in Alta California. They were founded to secure Spain's claim to this land and to teach the native people Christianity and the Spanish way of life.

Students interested in learning more about the history of Mission San Jose, especially for the 4th Grade Mission Project, can write to request the free historical information packet.

Many people come to the Mission looking for information about their relatives, such as baptism or burial records. We do provide some services for genealogical searches -- please let us know what you are looking for.

The Mission San Jose is frequently visited by classrooms and tour groups. Learn more about reserving a time for a docent-guided tour.


Upcoming Events

Solar Illumination at Mission San Jose - October 4, 2017

Ruben Mendoza.jpgThe Women of St. Joseph of St Joseph Catholic Church invite the community to witness A Liturgy of Light at Old Mission San Jose. A solar illumination phenomenon will take place on October 4th, 2017 on the main altar in the Old Mission church. The late afternoon sun will shine through a window at the rear of the church and gradually make its way to center squarely on the altar. At that point the gilded gold tabernacle will shine brilliantly with an intense light.

The orientation of the original mission church was designed using solar geometry to associate the equinoctial illumination with certain feast days. The autumnal equinox, October 4th, is the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. The reconstructed church was built upon the original foundations and flooring and so has perpetuated the phenomenon.

Dr. Ruben Mendoza of California State University Monterey Bay will speak on the Franciscan Spanish mission’s centuries-old hidden secrets of astronomy and indigenous people’s belief in sun worship. Dr. Mendoza is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and founding faculty member of the California State University, Monterey Bay. Professor Mendoza has directed major investigations at missions San Juan Bautista, San Carlos Borromeo, San Miguel Arcangel, and La Soledad. In 2016, he was awarded the Norman Neuerburg Award for Lifetime Achievement/Historic Preservation by the California Missions Foundation.

The presentation begins at 5:00 pm, illumination at 5:30 pm, and a reception on the Mission Patio after the presentation. Mission San Jose is located at 43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont 94539.

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The Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce presents the 16th Annual Olive Festival - October 7 & 8, 2017

Join us in the Dominican Sisters of MSJ Olive Grove, behind the Historic Old Mission San Jose!

Learn more on the MSJ Chamber's website