For California, the Missions were a very important part of our history. One Mission, San Antonio De Padua in Monterey County is a hidden secret with a special gem, a black cat named Rosario.
Mission San Antonio De Padua is hidden away in on the grounds of Fort Hunter Liggett. It is the third Mission to be built in California by Father Sierra yet it is the first inland Mission to be built and the first to rely on agriculture to sustain it. Restored in the 1940s, this Mission is the first not to contain a Presidio.
What it does have that perhaps no other Mission has is a resident cat named Rosario and it is Rosario’s who brings true life to this Mission. Rosario is a soft, cuddly, very dog-like cat. Rosario loves to make himself known to all the guests visiting the Mission as well as the Parish members. Rosario will welcome and guide you while you stroll along the Mission’s grounds as he has full reign of the Mission. Rosario’s partner in crime is his wife, Spirit a Siamese mixed breed cat.