Cathedrals & Missions with the USA Council of Serra International

January 19 – 23, 2020

April 3, 2016: Photo of Mission San Gabriel Arcangel with lens flare and sun star ,which is located in San Gabriel Californa USA.
Sunset Over Santa Monica Bay


January 19: Visit Mission Santa Barbara

Following the Serra National Rally today, our pilgrimage begins as our tour director and motorcoach driver meet and greet us at the Ventura Beach Marriott. Our journey begins at the Mission Santa Barbara, the “Queen of the Missions”. We will have a rare glimpse into the Mission Archive-Library, hosted by the Franciscans of the Old Mission Santa Barbara. Following our tour, we’ll enjoy dinner and check-in to our hotel. Overnight Pasadena, CA (Dinner served today)


January 20: Visit Mission San Fernando Rey de España – Lunch with Carmelite Sisters – Visit Mission San Gabriel – Visit Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Breakfast will be served at our hotel this morning. We’ll make our way into the Valley today to tour the Mission San Fernando Rey de España. Following our visit, we’ll say hello to the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles in Alhambra. We’ll have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with them. After lunch, our tour will lead us to the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel right next door, a fully functioning Roman Catholic mission and the fourth founded Mission by Father Serra. We’ll finish the day at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, serving over 5 million Catholics in the Archdiocese with Sunday Masses celebrated in 42 different languages! Dinner will be served before returning to our hotel this evening. Overnight Pasadena, CA (Breakfast, lunch & dinner served today)

January 21: Visit Christ Cathedral – Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano

We’ll begin the day with breakfast at our hotel. Continuing south, we’ll stop at the Diocese of Orange’s Christ Cathedral, formerly known as the Crystal Cathedral. Following our visit, we’ll set foot on the grounds of the Mission San Juan Capistrano for a tour. Known as the “birthplace of Orange County”, Mission San Juan Capistrano features a chapel still standing where Saint Serra once celebrated Mass. Dinner will be served this evening before checking into our hotel. Overnight Oceanside, CA (Breakfast & dinner served today)

January 22: Visit Mission San Luis Rey de Francía – Visit Mission San Diego de Alcalá – Visit Balboa Park – Farewell Dinner

After breakfast at our hotel this morning, we’ll enjoy a tour of the largest Mission founded, the Mission San Luis Rey de Francía, also known as the “King of the Missions”. Driving south on the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway, we’ll arrive in San Diego for our final tour at the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, an active Catholic church in the Diocese of San Diego and the first Mission founded by Saint Junípero Serra. This afternoon, we’ll explore the 1,200 beautiful acres of San Diego’s picturesque Balboa Park at our leisure. Lush grounds, from gardens to forests, fountains and sweeping architecture from Spanish Colonial Revival to mid-century Modern span the heart of the Park, along with over 17 award-winning museums. We’ll enjoy a special farewell dinner this evening, followed by check-in at our hotel. Overnight San Diego, CA (Breakfast & dinner served today)

January 23: Fly out San Diego Airport

With a renewed sense of pilgrimage and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we bid farewell to our fellow Serrans from around the world and transfer to the San Diego Airport to board our departing flights home.

What's Included

  • 3-star deluxe hotel accommodations (all hotel taxes & fees)
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (see itinerary for details)
  • Table wine served at all dinners
  • Assistance of a Canterbury tour manager
  • Assistance of mission docents
  • Admission fees at sites on itinerary
  • All gratuities for hotel staff and restaurants
  • Daily rosary, devotions, and Mass
  • Opportunities for confession and spiritual direction

Our Chaplain

Fr. Jim Heyd

Ordained a priest in 1989, Fr. James F. Heyd is a member of the Chicago Archdiocese. He considers the presence of Serra International in Chicago to be a blessing. Fr. Jim has traveled throughout Mallorca, Mexico, & California to learn & understand Fray Junipero Serra. At present, Fr. Jim is studying the role of pilgrimage in the spiritual & cultural development of Western Civilization.



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The Crystal Cathedral at Sunset
The front of Mission San Luis Rey with clouds in the background.
Balboa Park with a water fountain.

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