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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mission San Xavier del Bac

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Really? A spectacular mission in the middle of the desert? It’s true, and what an amazing discovery for us! 

The Mission also known as the “White Dove of the Desert,” was founded by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692 with the building built under the direction of Franciscan Fathers Juan Bautista Velderrain and Juan Batista Llorenz completed in 1797, mainly with native labor. Recent major restorations have been completed however the overall restoration continues. The Mission is located on the Tohono O’odham Nation reservation plus San Xavier is still actively served by Franciscans, and still serves the Native community by which it was built.







We were pleasantly amazed by the multiple tents of Native food and handcrafts for sale. Another nice surprise was the Christening Ceremony where beautiful babies are christened in the Catholic faith, and we were able to get a photo of one little one. 


The church is stunning in artifacts and paintings depicting the various saints and sacrifices of those in the Catholic Church. You are able to see a statue of Saint Francis in rest, as well as offering prayers of intercession by Saint Francis. 


After touring the church which is open to the public seven days a week from 7am to 5pm, watching a 20 minute video, exploring the museum, and climbing up to the grotto, we had a light lunch and headed back to Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson Mountain Park.

We have toured missions in California and Texas and this ranks right up there with the best of them. More pictures can be found here.  




11 comments :

  1. We missed this when this was just on our way from the Titan Missile Museum. Another reason to go back to Tucson one day. Great pictures.

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  2. We've visited that Mission and it truly is one of the best of the many we've seen.

    Great photos and a nice reminder of our visit - thanks for posting!

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  3. It's already on our list. Beautiful pictures....thank you!

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  4. Fantastic photos -- makes me miss the southwest!!!

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  5. Steve and Mona Liza - and we need to see the Titan Missile Museum. We are really liking Tucson and still have a week or so left to explore. Heading to Catalina SP today.

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  6. Hi Rick, good to hear from you. Have not found Tucson's version of Sherman's!

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  7. Vicki - great to connect again. Hi to Steve.

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  8. Hi Rick, Are you guys at Catalina SP right now? I think we saw you as we drove by your site, but we had company with us so we didn't stop...sorry. We leave here tomorrow,

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  9. Suzi - we are. Site B43. Would love to say hi if you have time before you pull out.

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  10. Wasn't this a great mission? We agree that this one ranks up there with some in CA and TX.

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