The First Missions

Heinrichs, Ann
January 2002
California Missions (0-7565-0208-X);2002, p7
When Father Serra's group arrived in San Diego, California, in July 1769, the priest planted a large wooden cross in the ground. He gathered the weary travelers around the cross and said a Mass, giving thanks for their safe arrival and asking for blessings on the new mission. Later, each time he built a new mission, he always began with this same ceremony. California's first mission was called San Diego de Alcalá. Father Serra started the first eight missions. He stayed on in San Diego, with some others, to start the mission.


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