Heritage Center Museum

Heritage Center Museum

The Royal Presidio Chapel Heritage Center is located in the Parish Offices Building located to the east of the Chapel/Cathedral. Displays include a relic of the Vizcaíno-Serra Oak, drawings and photos of the Chapel, items found during the recent archeological dig and pieces of the whale-bone sidewalk that once led to the Church.

Heritage Center Museum

Heritage Center Museum

The Royal Presidio Chapel Heritage Center is located in the Parish Offices Building located to the east of the Chapel/Cathedral. Displays include a relic of the Vizcaíno-Serra Oak, drawings and photos of the Chapel, items found during the recent archeological dig and pieces of the whale-bone sidewalk that once led to the Church.

About

San Carlos Painting

San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey was founded by Father Junipero Serra on June 3, 1770, on the shores of Monterey Bay, as the cornerstone of his Mission. A year later, Fr. Serra moved the Mission to Carmel. The church remained as a Royal Chapel for the soldiers guarding the new Spanish Presidio of Monterey. The present sandstone church was completed in 1794.

The significance of San Carlos cannot be overstated. It is the oldest continuously functioning church and the first stone building in the State of California. It is California’s first cathedral and stands for the birth of Carmel Mission and Monterey, the first capital of California.

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Parish Blog

Remember your mercies, O Lord

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:33 -- Fr. Patrick
Remember your mercies, O Lord (Psalm 25)

Next week we will be celebrating the feast of someone whose life led to a transformation in our state. When he grew up in the 13th century, Francesco didn't even know there was a 'new world' across the ocean. Having gone through a massive conversion to Jesus, he disappointed his father by refusing to get in the family business, marry and live a normal life for a citizen of Assisi. He set out to duplicate our Lord's public ministry, one of his first acts being to embrace a leper.