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Old MIssion Santa Inez | by Michael Lawenko dela Paz
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Old MIssion Santa Inez

Not long after their arrival in Watts, the friars were asked to take on another commitment in the Los Angeles diocese. They were offered charge of the Old Mission Santa Ines, located in Solvang, northwest of Los Angeles and near Santa Barbara. This church is l9th of the 21 missions founded by Junipero Serra and the Spanish Franciscans. Dedicated in 1804 by Esteban Tapis, the hidden gem of the missions had been abandoned for many years until it was administered by Fr. Alexander Buckler. The mission was located in Solvang, a town populated mostly by Danes. There were, however, many Catholics in the Santa Ynez Valley who were cared for from the mission. In 1924 there was an opportunity for the mission to again be staffed by brown-robed pardres.

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Taken on April 20, 2012