“Nothing short of a miracle”
At 11:15 a.m., three days before Christmas in 2003, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook the Central California coast. Among the casualties of the San Simeon Earthquake was the nearly 200-year-old Mission San Miguel in San Luis Obispo County in the Monterey diocese. The adobe building sustained such serious damage that county officials declared it unfit for use and ordered it closed. Church officials even considered the possibility of abandoning the mission. But on Friday, Oct. 2, after extensive renovations estimated to have cost upwards of $15 million, the old mission was reopened to the public, and on Sunday, Oct.4, on the Feast of St. Francis, a noon Mass was held to celebrate the renaissance of the mission, once feared lost forever.
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