How does Mission San Luis Rey operate today?

San Luis Rey is one of the few remaining missions still operated by the Franciscans.

First of all the mission is an active church where there are regular services, weddings, baptisms and funerals.

There is also a well thought through program at this mission for supporting visits by schoolchildren and others. The mission offers both guided and self-guided tours, maintains a museum and has a gift shop that is open seven days a week.

San Luis Rey also offers retreats, for men and women, ranging from “A Day Away” to a regular weekend retreat that begins on Friday evening.

Certain rooms in the quadrangle are available for conferences and meetings.

Finally, this is one of the few missions that has expanded its cemetery, most recently in 1994. The mission is still offering burial sites and Columbarium niches (for cremated remains) which are available to members of all faiths.