The Old Mission San Luis Rey is a National Historic Landmark and 501(c)3 organization. The Mission relies solely on private donations, grants and major fundraisers for enhancement, restoration and preservation and receives no state or diocesan funding. The Mission receives no support from the Catholic Church.
Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the "King of the Missions," is a National Historic Landmark. The largest of all the 21 California missions, it is home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open daily to the public in the Franciscan tradition of heritage and hospitality.