Religious and Faith-Based Travel Itinerary
Oceanside is an inclusive community with regional options for all faiths and beliefs. When traveling, you can experience a destination through the comfort of your own religion and explore the culture in new and exciting ways.
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, the “King of the Missions,” is the 18th and largest in a chain of 21 California Missions established by the Spanish Franciscans in 1798. This historic Catholic mission has a very active congregation, and while Mass is usually held in the Serra Center, they do hold early morning Mass on Sundays and a Mass at noon on the weekdays in the Historic Old Mission Church, which is a spiritual experience in and of itself. They also have an active Retreat Center that offers a place of solitude, healing, and revitalization with a wide variety of spiritual and educational programs.
While not quite as old, St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church built in 1927 is a registered historic landmark in Downton Oceanside and Calvary Chapel of Living Church can be found in the oldest church building in Oceanside that was built in 1886.
For a unique religious experience in Oceanside take Catholic Mass with the silent monks at the Prince of Peace Abbey, A Monastery Of The Order Of Saint Benedict. If you’re searching for peace and meditation, all are welcome to take their Prayer Walk (Outdoor Stations of the Cross). This winding trail will enhance your calm while giving you some of the best views in all of Oceanside. Click here for a photo slideshow taken by one of our locals.
Mount Ecclesia, located off Mission overlooking the San Luis Rey Valley, has been the Fellowship’s international headquarters since 1911. The Rosicrucian Fellowship began in 1909 after a course of lectures in Seattle by Mr. Max Heindel. The fellowship is open daily for meditation and retreats and offers a self-guided meditation walk through their rose garden. The Fellowship also conducts a series of classes in esoteric Christianity in July and August.
San Diego Region
At the Encinitas Retreat and Ashram Center, Paramahansa Yogananda lived for many years and began the first SRF retreat program. It is beautifully situated high above the Pacific Ocean, about x miles south of Oceanside. The temple and gardens were established by swami Paramahansa Yogananda in 1937. A must visit for anyone appreciating nature and its calming affects.
The San Diego California Temple, located in La Jolla, is the glowing white building towering off of Interstate 5. While the interior of the temple is for members-deemed-worthy only, the exterior structure itself is a sight to see. If you’re looking for a meetinghouse in Oceanside, consider the church on California Street with its stunning New England style spire.
Take the Coaster to Old Town San Diego’s Heritage Park to see the Temple Beth Israel (1889) San Diego’s first synagogue, constructed by the Congregation Beth Israel. The structure is the second oldest synagogue in the American West.
Shimmering black granite stories tell a tale of honor and sacrifice for the greater good upon Mt. Soledad. From a humble redwood cross erected in 1913 to the formation of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association in 1952, the memorial has been a beacon to the citizens of San Diego. The current cross was authorized by the city of San Diego to honor those who served faithfully during the Korean conflict.
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The church of The Immaculata, which was dedicated on May 5, 1959, owes its beginning to the Most Reverend Charles Francis Buddy, founding bishop of the Diocese of San Diego. Spanish styling is dominant in the exterior architecture of the church with its mosaic dome and red Cordova tile roof. The church’s interior is famous for its dramatic blue and gold domed ceiling and numerous stained glass windows.