Mission San Juan Capistrano in the little town bearing Orange County, California, fifty-eight miles south from Los Angeles and the State Highway leading to San Diego.  The mission is one of twenty-one vast establishments, historical reminders of the great Franciscan adventure,  the ruins of which stand in wonder and beauty along 600 miles of glorious golden coast region.  Seventh in order of establishment.  Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded by Father Junipero Serra of the Franciscan Order, on November 1st, 1776.  Since that day in 1776, the Mission has been an active center of California life.  The bells in the Campanario still peal forth the Angelus daily, still call the faithful to worship.  Thousands of people annually visit the Mission and find it most beautiful and interesting.  

by Maria Hetenyi