White Dove of the Desert

Following are excerpts from an article we posted in January 2016. Hope you enjoy it!

About 10 miles south of Tucson, Arizona you will find the “White Dove of the Desert” also known as the Mission San Xavier del Bac. This magnificent Spanish mission was completed in 1797. The first Spanish missionary, Father Eusebio Kino, arrived at the site in 1692. Throughout the years the location has been part of New Spain, Mexico, and finally a part of the U.S. after the Gadsen Purchase of 1854.

When you enter the church you cannot help but be amazed by the incredible amount of 18th century statuary and murals. The impact varies for everyone who walks the interior of this powerfully spiritual place. Candles are always lit and displayed. A shrine to St Francis is a prominent feature and one of solemn devotion. The edifice is still a functioning Catholic Church that primarily serves the Tohono O’odham tribe, formerly known as the Papago.

The San Xavier website is packed with information for your visit planning assistance.

20 thoughts on “White Dove of the Desert

  1. Gorgeous architecture. I travelled through Arizona once when I drove old Route 66 from Santa Monica to Chicago, unfortunately it didn’t get me very close to Tucson.

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  2. I was in awe when I walked inside this church. So many of the angels called to me, “Hey, over here.” “Look at me.” “Take my photo.” I could have spent hours gawking at the murals, paintings and statues.


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