Mission San Jose


Old Mission San Jose is rich with over 200 years of history. Old Mission San Jose was founded on June 11, 1797 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen and is the 14th mission founded in California. As a fully developed mission, named after Saint Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church, Mission San Jose acted as a self-sustaining village.

The site chosen for the Mission had been inhabited by Ohlone Indians for countless generations. The Ohlones lived close to the land, taking what they needed for their sustenance but never wasting irreplaceable resources. The Mission’s lands and resources belonged to the natives, but Spanish law required that they learn the Spanish way of life. Nearly three years after the founding of Mission San Jose, several hundred Ohlones had come to live at the Mission and were introduced to a new way of life by the Spanish Franciscan missionaries.

Today, St. Joseph’s Parish administers Old Mission San Jose. In 2011, cfcs installed niche units inside the Old Mission Cemetery to invite parish families to become a part of the historical Mission while supporting St. Joseph’s Parish.

Services and Features

Old Mission San Jose offers a large variety of options for above ground family estates and cremation niches. In addition, Old Mission San Jose provides funeral and cremation services to the community, becoming a complete resource for your cemetery and funeral needs. Whether you are interested in advanced planning or in need of immediate assistance, our Family Service Counselors and Funeral staff are available to offer support and guidance to our families.

Mission San Jose also offers various programs for our faith community. When you purchase cemetery property at Mission San Jose you are contributing to the Legacy of Faith program, and may be eligible for a tax deduction based on the value of the property you select.