Mission Santa Cruz was founded by Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuén (pronounced:Lah-SWEN), the successor of Father Junípero Serra. Since 1859 the mission site has been owned and operated by the Diocese of Monterey, now under the direction of Bishop Daniel Garcia.
Holy Cross Church is a parish within the Diocese of Monterey. Our history of the mission is meant to be an educational tool for everyone interested in California Mission history. It is aimed especially at fourth-grade students and their teachers who are working on projects involving Mission Santa Cruz. We have made an effort to make the content visually stimulating to young readers. At the same time we hope that you find the text of our presentation clear, enjoyable, and informative. Your responses on how we can improve any aspect of our site are most welcome. Read more, starting with History of Mission Santa Cruz.
Have fun on your virtual tour of the historic, peaceful, and prayerful site of Mission Santa Cruz; if possible, come for a real visit as well. For more information, contact us at: 831-426-5686