Mission San Diego de Alcalá, California’s First Mission, founded by Father Junípero Serra in 1769, continues to serve as an active parish community in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Responding to the call to continue the work that Christ entrusted first to his disciples, we
- Faithfully proclaim the Gospel and teach the Catholic faith
- Prayerfully celebrate the Sacraments
- Compassionately serve those in need
Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, a California Historical Landmark and as a City of San Diego Designated Historical Site, the Mission Church is also honored as a Basilica. Its unique historic, architectural and religious significance makes it a destination for thousands of visitors and students each year. We welcome all to visit and celebrate.