• The churches of San Antonio were the heart of the Spanish colonal mission communities.

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

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Los Compadres

Los Compadres

Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Los Compadres provides volunteer support and financial aid for preservation, restoration, and development projects at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. It is the official friends group of the park.

 
 
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Old Spanish Missions, Inc.

Old Spanish Missions, Inc.

Old Spanish Missions, Inc.

Today the National Park Service operates San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in collaboration with the Archdiocese. The Park Service is responsible for all secular elements of the four missions, including buildings, landscape and visitor centers.

Any structure actively used by the Church at Missions Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada is maintained by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio. The Old Spanish Missions, Inc. is responsible for the maintenance and restoration of the historic mission churches.

Did You Know?

Ruins of a home at Mission Espada

that Spanish missions were not churches? They were Indian towns, with the church as the focus, where, in the 1700s, the native people were learning to become Spanish citizens. In order to become a citizen, they had to be Catholic; that is why the King of Spain sent missionaries to acculturate them.