California is not just famous for beaches, technological advancement, and wine. The Land of Milk and Honey also has stunning Catholic Churches, monasteries, retreat centers, and other spiritual sites. San Diego is one of the cities that is home to these Catholic sites. In this blog post, we will delve into the Catholic Churches in San Diego, visiting these spiritual gems for your travel reference.
When you hear San Diego, the first thing that probably comes into your mind is its Zoo that is popular because of its unique animal encounters. But, other than this, the city also has Catholic Churches, offering rewarding spiritual encounters.
Here are the Catholic Churches in San Diego that you should visit.
Mission San Diego de Alcalá
Let’s start our virtual tour with Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Located in San Diego Mission Road, San Diego California, Mission San Diego de Alcalá was founded on July 16, 1769, by St. Junipero Serra. Also known as the “Mother of the Alta California Missions”, it was the second Franciscan mission in the Californias. Because of its age, expect a quaint architectural style both interior and exterior. You can also see its 46′ tall Bell Tower which played a huge role in the mission era. Other attractions it offers are the Case de los Padres Room containing drawings of mission events and the Mission Museum with informative displays. It also has the mission dam, a National Historic Landmark, which was the first major irrigation system in California. Truly historic. A Catholic Church to visit in San Diego!
St. John Cathedral
Our next stop is St. John Cathedral. Located in downtown San Diego in Southern California, St. John Cathedral was founded in 1874 and completed in 1941. It is the seat of the Diocese of San Diego. The Church has a mission revival architectural type. It is filled with life-sized statues of Catholic figures such as the Blessed Mother and other saints. It also has artistic stained glass windows. Attend Mass and be in awe of the music they play consisting of traditional hymns and modern tunes. The Cathedral also hosts concerts frequently by the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and other groups. A peaceful sanctuary in the busy city of San Diego. This has got to be on your bucket list!
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Immaculata Catholic Church
Situated inside the campus of the University of San Diego in San Diego California, the Immaculata Catholic Church is probably one of the most picturesque Christian Churches you’ll ever see! Its Romanesque-Byzantine architecture is a centerpiece of the USD campus. The interior and the exterior are equally admirable. Inside, there are side chapels with Stations of the Cross above. There are also resplendent stained glass windows and mosaics. The music during the Mass is heavenly adding to the reverence of the Sacrament. It is also a favorite wedding Church because of its grassy courtyard which is great for photography. One word to describe this holy site, BEAUTIFUL!
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
Another on our list is Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. Completed and blessed in 1923, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church is located in the heart of Little Italy in San Diego, California. It is a refuge for Italian immigrants for many years. The little Church is spectacular in and out making you feel you are in Europe. The art inside consists of remarkable murals on the walls and ceiling and statues that are just majestic. It also has stained glass windows depicting the mysteries of the Rosary. The liturgies are of deep reverence. Its Italian community is just vibrant. Lastly, don’t forget to visit their gift shop, which is among the best in San Diego, and buy religious items as souvenirs. A San Diego treasure worthy of visiting.
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church is located in the middle of La Jolla, San Diego California. It was built in 1906. This Church has a simple yet elegant architecture which makes it minimalist and aesthetically pleasing. Above the main entrance, a glass wall mosaic representing the Virgin Mary flanked by two (2) angels will welcome you. Notable statues and paintings are everywhere. There are also stained glass windows. In addition, you can visit the Church with its 24-hour Adoration and 24-hour Chapel across the Main Church. Lovely music is also played during services. Above all else, the community is warm! When you visit La Jolla, drop by this Instagram-worthy Catholic Church in San Diego!
There you have the stunning Catholic Churches in San Diego!
San Diego is your go-to place if you want to experience Faith renewal through visuals. It houses some beautiful Catholic Churches (in and out physically) in the state of California.
Pray and travel!