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Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura

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Mission San Buenaventura (Spanish: Misión San Buenaventura), formally known as the Mission Basilica of San Buenaventura, is a Catholic parish and basilica in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The parish church in the city of Ventura, California, United States, is a Spanish mission founded by the Order of Friars Minor. Founded on March 31, 1782, it was the ninth Spanish mission established in Alta California (or Nueva California) and the last to be established by the head of the Franciscan missions in California, Junípero Serra. Designated a California Historical Landmark, the mission is one of many locally designated landmarks in downtown Ventura.

The mission was named after St. Bonaventure, a 13th-century Franciscan saint, one of the early leaders of the Order to which the friars belonged, and a Doctor of the Church. On June 9, 2020, Pope Francis elevated the church to a minor basilica, and on July 15, 2020, the feast day of its patron saint, the announcement of the Pope's action was made and the elevation of the mission's status was officially proclaimed by Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles. The name of the mission was changed to reflect this new status in the Catholic Church.
Mission San Buenaventura was planned to be founded in 1770, but the founding was delayed because of the low availability of the military escorts needed to establish the mission. In 1793, the first church burned down. When the mission was completed, it included an adjacent quadrangle with living and work space. All that remains of the original mission is the church and its garden.

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  • It’s one of the most beautiful Catholic Church I had been, historical church w such calm garden ambience. Fortunate to go to mass weekly. 
    It’s one of the most beautiful Catholic Church I had been, historical church w such calm garden ambience. Fortunate to go to mass weekly.  more »
  • This was one of the top places I wanted to visit on my vacation to Thousand Oaks. It did not disappoint. The mission is beautiful and peaceful. The interior of the chapel is well-maintained. The... 
    This was one of the top places I wanted to visit on my vacation to Thousand Oaks. It did not disappoint. The mission is beautiful and peaceful. The interior of the chapel is well-maintained. The...  more »
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  • I like to come here and Pray in the Church. It's so Beautiful and Peaceful. Unfortunately the lady in the gift shop isn't very friendly or welcoming. I try to be uplifting and positive to everyone..all walks of life. When I went in to the gift shop I asked her if I could make a donation and sit in the Church ( like last time) she said rudely. "They are having Mass right now, and you can't go in" and I said, " oh, was that the bells that just went off?" " oh, well, ok, may I still sit in the garden?" She said.. " yes, I guess." As I walked up to the garden I noticed all sorts of different people going in for Mass. I sat on a bench and was able to hear the Mass. I asked a lady passing by if it was a special Mass, or is everyone welcome? She said politely everyone is welcomed. It's an open Mass. ( the lady that "Worked" in the store should have had the same respect and Compassion as the total stranger. If your going to represent Jesus, You need to have Compassion and respect for Everyone. I didn't get mad, I chose to use that time to Pray for the lady.
  • As far as missions go, this one is mid. The chapel is really nice in this one, I don't love the theme, but it's all right. As for the rest of the mission there really isn't much there, kinda boring. Still an interesting place.

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