Mission San Antonio de Padua

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Mission San Antonio de Padua (1771-1834) - A Spanish mission established in 1771 by Father Junipero Serra near present day Jolon, Monterey County, California. Associated with the Presidio of Monterey. Named for Saint Anthony of Padua. Secularized in 1834. Also known as Mission San Antonio.

Mission San Antonio de Padua Courtyard
Mission San Antonio de Padua Chapel Alter
Mission San Antonio de Padua Chapel
Mission San Antonio de Padua Front

The Spanish Period (1769-1821)

The Spanish period began in California with the building of Mission San Diego de Alcala, and the Presidio of San Diego in 1769. The Spanish Presidio provided a support system for the attached missions that included military troops. The mission provided provided a complete community for the converted native peoples that included agriculture and industry activities as well as religious instruction and services. Typically a very limited military presence was maintained at the missions and the presidio acted as the garrison for the surrounding missions. The Mission San Antonio de Padua was founded on 14 Jul 1771, by Father Junipero Serra, as the 3rd of twenty-one Spanish missions founded in California. Also known as Mission San Antonio.

Mexican Period (1822-1846)

The Mexican period began with the end of the Mexican Revolution around 1820. Mexican troops occupied the presidios and Mexican governors ran the province of Alta California. The Mexican government began the process of secularization (turning church lands over to private interests) around 1831 and passed laws in 1833 mandating secularization of all missions in Mexico. Secularization gradually ended church ownership of community property. Most of the missions and presidios were abandoned and fell into disrepair as the lands were redistributed to private owners. The mission was ordered secularized 4 Nov 1834 and the mission began to deteriorate.

The American Period (1846-Present)

The Mexican War was declared by the U.S. Congress on 11 May 1846 in response to a Mexican attack on U.S. troops in Texas. The declaration of war opened the door for American occupation of California. The American period began when American forces occupied San Diego in 1846. With end of the war, Mexico ceded all of upper California to the Americans in 1848 and a new round of land redistribution began.

On 19 Feb 1853, Archbishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany filed a claim on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church for the return of all former mission lands in the State of California. Ownership of 1,051 acres (for all practical intents being the exact area of land occupied by the original mission buildings, cemeteries, and gardens) was transferred back to the Catholic Church by land patents and proclamations signed by U.S. Presidents between 1855 and 1874. The mission core property was returned to the Catholic Church on 31 May 1863 by a decree signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

Current Status

Current building constructed in 1810 and restored in 1903 near Jolon, Monterey County, California. Reconstructed again by the Franciscans in 1948-1952.

Located on 80 acres within the Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation within sight of the main post.

USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 248789

Location: End of Mission Road near Jolon, Monterey County, California.

Maps & Images

Lat: 36.0152450 Long: -121.2499255

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  • Elevation: 1070'



Visited: 30 Nov 2013

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