Preserving the Missions
We are pleased and grateful for the success of our past capitol campaigns and continued support for the preservation and conservation of our missions.
But the serving and the preserving can never rest. Here’s why:
Any responsible building owner knows that as the infrastructure of a building ages, it’s important to stay on top of upkeep and maintenance. And that’s rarely an inexpensive proposition. Especially because costs of materials and labor are constantly on the rise.
So if that’s what it takes for a relatively modern building—just imagine what the demands are for structures that date back hundreds of years—like the Mission churches. Plus, there’s the added need for specialized restoration experts who are skilled and knowledgeable about how to work with materials that are not necessarily in common usage in our modern times. And who know how to merge them–gently, seamlessly, respectfully—with the technological advances of today.
The good news is that, with your support, we have created a ten year maintenance plan to ensure the Mission churches are preserved for future generations. Past capital campaigns have covered the maintenance but there is insufficient funding for critical structural conservation such as the roof on Mission San José, and the dome at Mission Concepción. These large projects require dedicated giving, and community support.
There are four pages on this website that are devoted to the individual history and current preservation and restoration needs of each mission. We invite you to read them and learn more about the missions—and see examples of how a gift might be put to use.