The Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua Foundation was formed in 2010 to fund the retrofit repair and the preservation of the structural integrity of the historic and beloved mission. The Foundation's intent is to raise funds to ensure that this landmark, an important piece of California's history, is saved, so that visitors and the greater community can experience this historical treasure and its inspiring serenity for years to come.
The Big Idea
The Campaign for the Preservation of
Mission San Antonio de Padua formed in 2010 to raise funds for the seismic
restoration of Mission San Antonio near Jolon in South County, ensuring this
historic landmark will remain open for future generations to visit. In 2012,
the mission underwent a comprehensive study resulting in a five-phase plan to
complete the project. Phases 1-3—including the retrofit and mandated code
upgrades to the church, retreat rooms and bathrooms—are complete, and Phase 4
will soon be finished. The Big Idea is to complete Phase 5, which includes
renovating the kitchen, two dining rooms, bathroom, laundry, archival
storage, wood shop and garages.
As a fourth-grade teacher, I know how
important all 21 of our California missions are to my students’ understanding
and appreciation of California history. Many of the missions host living
history days where my students can see, feel, hear, smell and even taste
history. Mission San Antonio de Padua is one of these special missions that I
recommend my students visit. The living history day at Mission San Antonio de
Padua is extraordinary.
- Michele M.