San Xavier Mission near Tucson, AZ
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San Xavier Mission of the Great South West
While Most of us are familiar with the Ghost Towns of the Old South West, many of us are not aware of a famous Southwestern dwelling place of, The Holy Ghost.
If you live in the Southwest and have not heard of the San Xavier del Bac, i.e. San Xavier Mission, then you couldn’t have lived here long. And if you have not made the worthy trip to investigate, then you really are missing out.
“White Dove of the Desert” is nearly one hundred fifty years old, but
doesn’t not resemble it’s age at all. This is because of those who
tenderly and continually keep up with the restoration process that
began over one hundred years ago. Just 9 miles south of
One may not be of the Catholic faith, one may not have faith in God at all, but most who attend a service at the
Services are held now days on a regular, daily schedule-as well as Sundays. There is no requirement to become a member as the mission receives expected visitors every Sunday. Even unbelievers have experienced the a beckoning-of the Holy Spirit?-during this resonating ritual.
attending a service, you notice the traditions of Catholicism-as they
are the strength of the service. Beautiful prayers and music resounding
in the majestic sanctuary fill your heart and soul. One thing you will
feel for sure is, history.
The original mission actually began in a different building than that of today’s services. The original is just two miles from the one that is used today.
When first arriving
Father Kino traveled the Southwest continually, using the mission as his base. The
When the Jesuits Priests were banned from all Spanish lands in the
During the short abandonment, while the Priests escaped Apache raids, the local, more peaceful Indians respected the property and did not misuse it. It is reported that many of the local Indians actually took relics into their own homes, or buried some to preserve them. They must have known in their hearts that one day, the solution would come…and one did.
The rebuilding of the Church during the late 1700’s was funded by the Santa Fe Dioces sect in 1859. The care put into the entire mission is not just of gold, intricate art work, and heart-stopping architecture-but is also a mission of love for the people who came there to find peace. San Xavier, in true Christian love, would never turn away a depressed or sorry soul who sought refuge from the storms of life.
whether or not the traveler is of Catholic faith, or any faith at all,
visitors can enter in San Xavier, experience the past, and receive a
sense of what is possible through the power of God’s love.
Perhaps you too will experience the Holy Spirit and His presence-at San Xavier.