PBS’s In the Americas with David Yetman Season 7 Premier
Father Kino’s Path to Mission San Xavier
A benefit for Patronato San Xavier, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and restoring Mission San Xavier
Sunday, October 15, 2017 | 4:30-5:45pm
Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
Enjoy an exploration of our iconic Mission San Xavier is this Season 7 episode, followed by a panel discussion led by David Yetman, who serves on the Patronato Board of Directors.
Father Kino was an extraordinarily important European in the history of Arizona and Sonora. He was an explorer, geographer, humanitarian, and a very popular priest. David Yetman and his In the Americas team follow Father Kino’s path through already-established Jesuit sites in the land of the Opata people—from Batuc 80 miles east of Hermosillo through Cucurpe on the outer limit of the Jesuit system in 1685. Father Kino then journeyed into the Pimería, or land of the Tohono O’odham—unknown to the Jesuits at the time. His first stop was the town of San Ignacio and then on to the rich agricultural area on the Santa Cruz River where Mission San Xavier stands today. He had a small chapel built, but did not stay long, heading north and west when he continued his journey.
In the Americas with David Yetman, is an HDTV series by multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and director Dan Duncan and internationally renowned writer, host and producer David Yetman. The series takes a fresh look at the lands that make up much of the Western Hemisphere, uncovering the geographic and cultural diversity of the Americas. This episode about Father Kino is one of 10 episodes in the new season.
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Mission San Xavier has inspired countless people across centuries since its foundations were laid in 1783.
This National Historic Landmark is a premier example of Mexican Baroque architecture and along with the majestic saguaro, is one of the most recognized icons in Arizona.
Today, this active Mission remains a working parish and the spiritual home for many Southern Arizonans. Host to tens of thousands of visitors annually from around the world, in October 2015, the Mission was named to the global World Monuments Fund “Watch” list that includes 50 cultural heritage sites in 36 countries that are at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political and economic change.
Nonprofit Patronato San Xavier was founded by Southern Arizona community leaders in 1978 as a vehicle for preserving and restoring the Mission. With 80 percent of the main building completed, Patronato continues to raise critical funds for the restoration, maintenance and preservation of Mission San Xavier.