Historic bells back at the Carmel Mission | Arts & Culture
The second week of April 2010 marked the return of the nine historic bells to their home in the Carmel Mission Bell Tower.
The bells were removed in June 2009 and shipped for refurbishment to Ohio, and some for recasting in Holland.
Nine bells in total, their casting dates range from 1781-1974. Each bell has its own unique history with origins as varied as Spain, Holland, Mexico and our own Mission grounds where the Bell “Guadalupe” was cast in 1804.
“It’s wonderful to have the bells back again. They are an integral part of our celebratory life here at the Mission” Fr. John Griffin, Pastor, Carmel Mission.
“We deeply appreciate the financial support that we received for this project. It is an emblematic start to our major restoration program for the Mission.” Sam Wright, President, Carmel Mission Foundation.
On May 2nd, 2010, a celebration of the “Return of the Bells” open to the public will be held at the Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Road. Carmel, CA, 93923.
There will be a special Choir Mass at 2:30pm, where the bells will be blessed and rung for the first time, followed by a 3:30pm courtyard reception with speakers and refreshments.
Visit www.carmelmissionfoundation.org for more