Historic mission santa clara is a consecrated roman catholic church situated on the campus of santa clara university first established in 1777 the franciscan order handed the mission over to the society of jesus the jesuits in 1851 who then started santa clara college the first institution of higher education in california. Santa clara de asis california missions the mission story mission santa clara courtesy of santa barbara mission archive library history of mission santa clara de asis mission santa clara de asis number eight in the chain and founded on january 12 1777 lies adjacent to the oldest college in california the university of santa clara it. Located on the southern end of san francisco bay in santa clara on a site originally chosen by jan bautista de anza the spanish pathfinder the site was originally founded as la mision de santa clara de thamien at the costanoan village of socoisuka on the guadalupe river the mission was destroyed and rebuilt on six successive occasions. Mission santa clara de asis is a spanish mission founded by the franciscan order in the present day city of santa clara california the mission the eighth in california was founded on january 12 1777 and named for saint clare of assisi the foundress of the order of the poor clares. Mission santa clara de asis 1800 1820 mission santa clara de asis was very successful at converting the indians to christianity and the fathers performed many baptisms they taught their new converts the standard mission skills cooking sewing and farming by 1827 mission santa clara de asis had 14500 head of cattle and 15500 sheep
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