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.

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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

Peter is an eyewitness: the Lord is risen

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:47 -- Fr. Patrick
Peter is an eyewitness: the Lord is risen (Acts 10:34a, 37-43)

"Fearful yet overjoyed" is how the feelings of the women at the tomb early Easter morning are described. They are ordered to depart the empty tomb and to tell the disciples that Jesus has gone back to Galilee where they will see him. What were these women doing at the tomb so early in the first place? All they wanted was access to Jesus' corpse so they could perform the final act of devotion, anointing his dead body with spices and perfumes according to Jewish custom. Their expectations were so small.