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Historic Mission San José Reopens After $2.2 Million in Renovations

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After undergoing a year-long $2.2 million renovation by the Archdiocese of San Antonio through funds raised by the Las Misiones Capital Campaign, Mission San José in San Antonio, Texas reopened Aug. 19, 2011.

Part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the church at Mission San Jose is widely known as the "Queen" of Texas' 44 missions.
Completed in 1782, the front façade and famed "Rose Window" are regarded by art historians as some of the finest examples of European baroque architecture in the United States.

Nearly 300 persons attended the celebratory mass and luncheon. Festivities continued through the weekend with guided tours of the church, a chamber chorale concert on Saturday night, and the return of the Mariachi Mass on Sundays.

missionsanjoseWork included renovating the altar, re-plastering the church interior, updating 1930s wiring and lighting, and adding a beautiful new retablo carved by the renowned artist Augustin Parra from Guadalajara, Mexico.

The dedication and opening mass was performed by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park preserves the largest collection of Spanish colonial resources in the United States. The park consists of four missions, two intact acequia (waterway) systems, one of the few surviving mission ranches, and nearly a million artifacts.

In 1718 Franciscans and Spanish representatives established the first mission. Within 13 years, five were located along the San Antonio River.

Today, visitors can retrace the footsteps of the mission Indians and friars. And, possibly, meet descendants of those first inhabitants.

All four mission churches are still active parishes and have an unbroken chain of history and cultural continuity from Spanish colonial times (1720) to modern day San Antonio, Texas, America's seventh largest city.

The four mission churches within San Antonio Missions National Historical Park are active catholic parishes, and hold regular services. They are open to park visitors during park hours, except for special services, such as weddings and funerals.

For more information, visit the park's Website at
www.nps.gov/saan .

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