Mission San Xavier Del Bac and its collection

Mission San Xavier Del Bac

San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission situated about 16 kilometers south of downtown Tucson, Arizona. It is located on the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation, adding a unique cultural aspect to the site. The mission was named in honor of Saint Francis Xavier, a pioneering Catholic missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus.

Founding of the Mission

The mission was established in 1699 by Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino, who frequently visited and preached in the area. This historical fact adds to the rich history of the mission, making it a significant site for those interested in the history of Catholic missions in the United States.

Current Use of the Mission

San Xavier del Bac mission continues to be an active place of worship, primarily serving the Christian community of the Tohono O'odham district. It also serves the native community for which it was originally built. This ongoing use adds a vibrant, living aspect to the mission, making it more than just a historical site.

Visiting the Mission and the San Xavier Festival

The mission is open to the public, except during ecclesiastical services. A notable event is the San Xavier Festival, held on the Friday afternoon after Easter. This festival features a torchlight parade by the Tohono O'odham and Yaqui tribes, offering visitors a unique cultural experience.

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Mission San Xavier Del Bac
West San Xavier Road 1950

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9:00 – 16:00
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West San Xavier Road 1950, Drexel Heights

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