- September 8, 1797
- San Fernando Mission
- Active Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
- San Fernando Rey de España. was founded on September 8, 1797. This mission is organized around a large quadrangle, with a simple adobe church located in one corner. A convento (the padre’s quarters and a guest house), branches off the quadrangle. The Convento has a stunning colonnade with 19 arches, bordering the full length of the building.
15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
818-361-0186. The mission gift shop is extension 2. Please be patient, as the line is often busy.
- Adults: $5.00
- Children (ages 7-15): $3.00
Call the mission gift shop to schedule a group tour.
- 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Monday - Saturday:
- 7:25 a.m.
Weddings and other Special Services
The San Fernando Mission holds Catholic Weddings all days except Sunday, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Couples must provide their own priest and secure the permission of their Pastor to be married at the mission.
The wedding coordinator, Ms. Barbara Kuras is available (on Friday only) through the general switchboard, (818) 361-0186, extension 4.
The Convento (also called the Long Building), built in 1822, served as the padre’s quarters and guest house. This attractive building, which has a colonnade with 19 arches on the street side of the structure and measures 243' x 50', was often mistaken for the mission itself.
With the exception of the Convento, the church and the many display rooms are accessible from the central quadrangle.
The simple mission church is an exact replica of the 3rd church on the site. The church’s superb altar, reredos, and pulpit (carved from walnut) date to 1687 and were originally housed in the Chapel of St. Philip Neri, at Ezcaray, Spain.
This mission has two well landscaped and large gardens. The West Garden contains an important sculpture of the mission’s founder, Fr. Fermin Francisco de Lasuen. This 1955 sculpture, which depicts Lasuén as a young missionary, is by Stephen Zakian.
The Archival Center for the Archdiocese of Las Angeles is located on the grounds of the mission (the building is located near the Convento). There are displays and paintings on the first floor that are well worth seeing. The Center does have a website: http://archivalcenter.org/
Tips for Visitors
This is an exceptionally large complex. You will do plenty of walking at this mission.
Be sure to study the special display map as you enter the mission grounds. Many visitors miss a lot on their first visit.
The best view of the church is from the West Garden.
Don’t miss the convento. Allow time to explore the many rooms and displays in this fascinating structure.
Be sure to visit Brand Park (also referred to as Mission Park) directly across from the mission. This contains an exceptional fine statue Junipero Serra.
Other Historic Sites
The San Fernando Valley is highly urbanized. Visitors who want to devote a full day to exploring mission-era history typically visit both Mission San Fernando and California’s fourth mission, San Gabriel.
- Pauley, C. and K. (2005). San Fernando Rey De España: An Illustrated History. (A richly illustrated and informative history)
- Weber, F.J. Memories of an Old Mission San Fernando Rey de España. (Available at the Mission Gift Shop)
- Nunis, D.B. (1997). Mission San Fernando - Rey de España 1797 – 1997.
- Engelhardt, Z. (1927). Mission San Fernando Rey: The Mission of the Valley. (The definitive early history of the mission)