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.



For nearly three decades, scholars, restorers, tribal members, local architects, and people from Tucson and across the globe have generously provided expertise, craftsmanship and money to preserve this building that is precious to many. Southern Arizona’s most prominent and important historic landmark, San Xavier Mission remains an active parish with a rich history.

Patronato Executive Director Miles Green

What’s Happening

  • Meet Patronato’s new Executive Director Miles Green
  • Docent Tours: Mon.-Sat. at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.  & 12:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted
  • Church Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day including holidays

White Dove Campaign

Saving the East Tower

A major project remains, which is the restoration of San Xavier Mission’s East Tower. Restoring this tower will help preserve the structural integrity of the building and further enhance its beauty. In the centuries since the Mission was built, cracking in the East Tower’s exterior has allowed water to migrate behind the stucco and wick into the interior adobe brick.

Photo by Chuck Albanese

Favorite Visitor Photo

Photo taken by Chuck Albanese on December 9, 2014  with iPhone 6, 4.15mm f/2.2

Would you like to see your photo featured on our website and social media? Submit your best picture of the San Xavier Mission on our Flickr Group. Our photo editor will review submissions and select the best of the best to feature as our “Favorite Visitor Photo”.

(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