Religion: Swallows to Capistrano

Founded by Fra Junipero Serra in 1776 the Mission of San Juan Capistrano on California's coast about half way between Los Angeles and San Diego, was already well seasoned when Richard Henry Dana Jr. (Two Years Before the Mast) visited it last century, called it the loneliest and loveliest spot he had ever seen. Of the legends clustered about this historic shrine mellowest is the tale that for 160 years migrating swallows have arrived at the Mission each year on March 19 (St Joseph's Day), flown south again on Oct. 23 (St. John's Day)....

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