Our Mission

Patronato San Xavier is a nonsectarian, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by Southern Arizona community leaders in 1978. The Patronato’s only purpose is to promote the restoration, maintenance and preservation of Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark near Tucson, Arizona.

Patronato Christmas at San Xavier

Patronto’s Christmas at San Xavier: Tickets Available for 8pm performances Dec 13-15

It will be 20 years since Linda Ronstadt headlined the first concert at the Mission, starting a beloved tradition that now marks the beginning of our holiday season.  For many, the concerts have become a spiritual experience that transcends the everyday. This signature event with the Sons of Orpheus and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus raises funds to ensure that Mission San Xavier is here for all of us and is preserved for future generations. With restoration costs running in excess of $40,000 per month, concert revenue provides a third of our operating budget each year. Thank you for your support of Patronato Christmas at San Xavier 20th Annual Concerts, which run December 13-15.


Need a Good Speaker?

Contact Patronato if members of your service club, senior center, or housing association would be interested in hearing a good story from one one of our docents, board members or staff. We can provide your organization with an expert speaker who can bring to life, the Mission, its history, and the current interior and exterior renovation and preservation. Click here for details.

New Generation of Conservators

During the first comprehensive preservation of the interior of the Mission 20 years ago, conservator Tim Lewis learned the skills of art conservation from a team imported from Italy. Now he and wife, Matilde Rubio, are training two new apprentices from the Nation—Terrence Encinas and Susie Moreno—thanks to funding from the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Marshall Foundation. Read more

(Main header image) View from the Retablo Mayor (Main Altar) and Chancel, looking out toward the Crossing, East and West Transepts,
Nave and Choir Loft in the rear of the Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, AZ © 2003 Edward McCain