#1049 Mission Guadalupe of San Jose


#1049 Mission Guadalupe of San Jose

Site information:

2020 E San Antonio St, San Jose, CA


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

Guadalupe Mission of San Jose

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Mission Chapel was established in 1953 by a Spanish-speaking community of Catholic faithful led by Father Donald McDonnell, a member of the San Francisco Archdiocese's "Spanish Mission Band." Here, Father McDonnell befriended a young Cesar Chavez and introduced him to a universe of writings about spirituality, labor rights, human rights, and social justice. Father McDonnell also introduced Chavez to Fred Ross, and the chapel became an important home for their work with the community service organization. Later renamed McDonnell Hall, Guadalupe Mission Chapel provided a foundation for Chavez's work with Dolores Huerta to co-found the United Farm Workers Union and maintains its historic association with Chavez, the UFW, immigrants, and all who are poor in spirit.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, and California Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Nora Campos.  September 14, 2014

Registered 12/2/2013