Common Terms of the California Missions
The indigenous people living in a land. The Indian natives of Alta California lived in the area for several thousand years before the arrival of the Europeans.
The principal interior of a church, where the congregation worships.
Indians who were converted to Christianity and then lived at a mission.
Present day Mexico, with its headquarters in Mexico City.
A recess designed to hold a statue. Can be free standing, or part of a reredo.
Religious house where beginners (novices) are trained before taking permanent vows.