A few years ago when I was actively chasing the Missions, I tried and tried to locate this mission that is a few minutes and a bridge away from where I live - but I never got to find it. We had directions and all, but still couldn't find it. How hard could it be, right? But nothing.
Last year, we were in search of a gallery that was hosting a photography exhibit in the same town. And the first turn we took we were faced to face with the Mission. Can you believe that? When you're not looking, it will find you - just like love, isn't it?
In San Rafael, 20 miles north of San Francisco
1817 - December 14 - Founded by Padre Vicente de Sarria - 20th mission. Begun as a hospital asistencia for Dolores (the San Francisco Mission).
1818 - Church built.
1823 - Accorded full mission status. Named for St. Raphael, patron of good health.
1834 - Secularized.
1841 - Sold.
1842 - Abandoned.
1855 - Returned to church.
San Rafael was the only mission that began as a hospital, or asistencia for another mission.
Health problems at Mission Dolores were so tragic in the early 1800s, with Indians dying in hundreds, that something had to be done fast. For one thing, when they got sick, they needed somewhere warm and dry to get well. Trying to recuperate in breezy, foggy climate of Dolores turned out to be a prelude to death for many. (from California Missions, a pictorial tour)
Church of St. Raphael
The Mission Chapel
This is my entry for this week's MY WORLD.