The Story of Misión Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña
The year was 1731. The mission had been moved to San Antonio from East Texas. It took something like twenty years to build the twin towers and dome of the chapel. But it was certainly worth the wait. It is very beautifully proportioned and pleasing to the eye. The church looks essentially as it did when it served as the Mission’s center of religious activity. However, we know that there were once colorful geometric designs that covered its surfaces. They have long since faded and weathered away.
Unlike the peaceful life at San Jose, there were almost daily Apache raids at Mission Concepción. No doubt the residents there were grateful for the protection of those thick stone walls. In a later era, Texas patriots Jim Bowie and Juan Seguin likely felt the same, because they used it as a temporary stronghold in the months preceding the Battle of the Alamo.
Today, Mission Concepción is still powerful in its beauty and grace. It is the only mission that is completely intact from the colonial period. This makes it the oldest unrestored stone church in the United States. And it still stands in silent testimony to the centuries that have gone by. With your help, it will continue to conquer time.
The administrator of Mission Concepcion is Rev. Michael Bouzigard
The pastoral delegate is Deacon Ray Jimenez
807 Mission Road
San Antonio, Texas 78210