The 12th Annual Mass of Remembrance was a huge success!

Thank you to all those who volunteered, donated, and participated to make this such a memorable day. I was pleased to see the over 230 people that were in attendance this year to honor those who have gone before us, our treasured ancestors, families, and friends. We also enjoyed visiting the over 200 families, loved ones, and friends who gathered with us for our annual reception at The Blas Aguilar Adobe.

Thank you to all those that came out prior to this special day, and took care of the grave sites of your loved ones, friends, and family. Those little touches of respect and love made this day such a beautiful one. I know that all the generations of loved ones buried on this sacred site gathered with us that day and celebrated with us the gift of their lives.

Celebrating Use of the New City Seal

The Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee is thrilled to see the City of San Juan Capistrano fully using the new approved, supported, and fully endorsed city seal. The seal was designed by Kimberleigh Gavin and was approved by so many of our historic families.

San Juan Capistrano City Seal
Jesus on the cross surrounded by flowers and wearing a crown on his head in a cemetery.

Mission Statement

“With integrity, the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee proudly recognizes, respects and honors ALL the historical elements of San Juan Capistrano – its lands, its structures, its families, and its traditions.”

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Native American Uses of Local Plants

We invite you to tune in for this special series on Native American Uses of Local Plants hosted by Tree of Life Nursery. Event Date: June 3 Time: 9:30 am Speaker: Stephen O'Neil Topic: Local Native American Use of SoCal's Native Plants Event link for more information:...

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Non-Profits and Theft

We regret to inform our contributors that our 501 C 3 was subject to recent theft. In order to maintain transparency with all of our contributors, and those who also run 501 C 3’s, we thought it best to share this with all of you. Not to worry, all funds have legally...

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Who We Are

We are the chosen! In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them alive again, to tell the family story, and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing Geneology is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe.

This statement, by an anonymous person, describes the very being of Jerry Nieblas, Historian of the Old Mission and San Juan Capistrano.

So Many Memories and Contributions, Yet So Little Recognition

The Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee wishes to remember and honor the pre-Mission, Native American, early Californio, and very early European settlers who lovingly dedicated and sacrificed most of their lives to the building, survival, and care of our Old Mission San Juan Capistrano.

The Mission stands today as a constant deep reminder, a tribute to those who gave so humbly of themselves, never asking for recognition or anything in return. Because of their devotion and love of our Mother Catholic Church and beloved Old Mission, it rests on an indestructible foundation.

We proudly and humbly honor:

R. Aguilar
P. Arbiso
C. Belardes
L. Belardes
L. Belardes
R. Belardes
J. Bravo
G. Carter
I. Camarena
A. Contreras
R. Donner
R. Estrada
P. Etcheberria
E. Forster
Franciscan Sisters of Sylvania of Ohio
Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse
B. Garcia
F. Garcia
C. Garcia
T. Gutierrez
Father Richard Hartman
Historic members of first Old Mission Guides
S. Houston
F. Hunn Sr.
Father Hutchinson
Mr. Joyce
R. Lobo
Manriquez Family
Monsignor Paul Martin
Maryknoll Missionary Sisters of New York
B. McKray
H. McMullen
T. Montano
Fr. Jose Mut Considered our ancestors’ personal Santo.
F. Nieblas
G. Nieblas
M. Nieblas
M.A. Nieblas
R. Nieblas
P. Nieblas
Msgr. St. John O’Sullivan (the great restorer of O.M.S.J.C.)
Olivares Family
D. Olivares
V. Olivares
J. Perez
T. Ramos
G. Rios
Monsignor Vincent Lloyd-Russell
T. Salas
L. Scharn
School Sisters of Saint Francis
Eu. Soto
Father R. Toal
C. Valenzuela
F. Velasquez
C. Ward
A. Yorba
T. R. Yorba

~ Vaya Con Dios, y que su viaje sea feliz! ~

Go with God, and may your journey be happy!

Your descendants remain here, our historical bloodlines unbroken, in this, our great and historical San Juan Capistrano community. We thank you with our deepest love and respect for all your years of difficult, selfless, dedicated devotion to our Old Mission San Juan Capistrano. We are proud to be members of these families.

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