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.
- Bringing the Mission to You! Join docent Craig Reed on a journey through the Spanish mission period on from 6-7:30pm on Wed., June 28 at Himmel Park Library. Read more »
- “Tucson’s San Xavier del Bac an enduring symbol of borderlands history” from the Tampa Bay Times “…I lived in Tucson for a decade and visited San Xavier often, drawn by its cultural significance, its beauty and its air of timeless calm…” Read more »
- Need a Good Speaker? Would your service club or organization like to hear about the Mission and Patronato’s effort to restore and preserve it? Read more »
- “Arizona Repertory Singers to fill Mission with glorious music” from the Arizona Daily Star The acoustics in the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac are almost as stunning as the setting… Read more »