Mission San Rafael Arcángel
The reconstructed capilla (chapel) at Mission San Rafael Arcángel on a rainy day in December 2004.
|Location||1104 5th Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901-2916
|Name as founded||La Misión del Gloriosísimo Príncipe San Rafael, Arcángel |
|English translation||The Mission of the Glorious Prince, Archangel Saint Raphael|
|Patron||The Glorious Prince Saint Raphael, Archangel |
|Nickname(s)||"Mission of Bodily Healing" |
|Founding date||December 14, 1817 |
|Founding priest(s)||Father Vicente Francisco de Sarría |
|Native place name(s)||'Anaguani |
|Returned to the Church||1855 |
|Governing body||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco|
|Current use||Chapel / Museum|
Mission San Rafael Arcángel was founded in 1817 as a medical asistencia ("sub-mission") of Mission San Francisco de Asís. It was a hospital to treat sick Native Americans, making it Alta California's first sanitarium. The weather was much better than in San Francisco, which helped the ill get better. It wasn't originally intended to be a stand-alone mission but nevertheless grew and prospered and it was granted full mission status on October 19, 1822.
Mission San Rafael Arcángel was founded in the present day location of San Rafael, California, on December 14, 1817, by Father Vicente Francisco de Sarría, as a medical asistencia ("sub-mission") of the San Francisco Mission to treat their sick population. It was granted full mission status in 1822.
This was one of the second missions turned over to the Mexican government in 1833. In 1840, there were 150 Indians still at the Mission. By 1844, Mission San Rafael Arcángel had been abandoned; what was left of the empty buildings was sold for $8,000 in 1846. The Mission was used by John C. Fremont as his headquarters during the battles to make California a United States possession (see Bear Flag Revolt). In 1847, a priest was once again living at the Mission. A new parish church was built near the old chapel ruins in 1861, and, in 1870, the rest of the ruins were removed to make room for the City of San Rafael. All that was left of the Mission was a single pear tree from the old Mission's orchard, it is for this reason that San Rafael is known as the "most obliterated of California's missions."  In 1948, Monsignor Thomas Kennedy rebuilt and restored the chapel.
- Chief Marin
- Mission San Francisco de Asís
- Mission San Francisco Solano
- USNS Mission San Rafael (AO-130) – a Buenaventura Class fleet oiler built during World War II.
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- A historical drawing of the mission at the Bancroft Library
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