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Mission San Luis Hosts Mass in Remembrance of Spanish missions of La Florida

TALLAHASSEE –

On Saturday, January 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. the public is invited to a Commemorative Mass in the reconstructed 17th century Franciscan church at Mission San Luis. Leading the mass will be Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes who was ordained and installed as the Fifth Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee after his appointment by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. All faiths are welcome to attend and the event is free.

 “The Commemorative Mass at Mission San Luis is the perfect time to reflect on the important history of the Spaniards and Apalachee Indians,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “This Mass commemorates the more than 100 Spanish missions that existed in Spanish Florida during the 16th and 17th centuries.”

For more information about the Commemorative Mass at Mission San Luis, visit missionsanluis.org or call 850.245.6406.

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 About Mission San Luis Mission San Luis, Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum, was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. The Mission, now a national historic landmark, brings the early 1700s to life with living history interpreters in period dress, reconstructed period buildings, exhibits, and archaeological research. The site is managed by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research, and support is provided by the Friends of Mission San Luis, Inc. Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee, Florida, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 850.245.6406 or visit missionsanluis.org.