Kino Heritage Society
Jan 10, 2016 - 325th Anniversary - Kino's First Visit to Arizona & Tumacácori
May 21, 2016 - 50th Anniversary - Discovery of Kino's Skeletal Remains
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Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J.
(August 10, 1645 - March 15, 1711)
The eminent historian of the American West and UCLA librarian Lawrence Clark Powell described Father Kino as "the noblest Southwesterner of all."
Professor Herbert Bolton, head of the history department of the University of California at Berkeley and the Bancroft Library and the father of the study of Spanish colonial history in the United States described Kino as "the most picturesque missionary pioneer of all North America - explorer, astronomer, cartographer, mission builder, ranchman, cattle king and defender of the frontier." Professor Bolton continues his description of Kino as the friend of the O'odham and other Native Peoples and the staunch defender of their rights.
Kino was one of the world''s greatest missionaries and over 300 years after his death is revered by the Native People he served. Kino wrote that a missionary must have "a strong and loving concern for the temporal and spiritual welfare" of the Native People "while he works hard and maintains a sense of tolerance." Kino lived up to this standard for the 30 years that he worked on and beyond the Spanish colonial frontier in today's American Southwest and Northwest Mexico.
For more information about Kino's work as a missionary and his writings on missionary ministry, click Missionary.
Kino's reports, diaries and correspodence between Kino and his contemporaries are the best accounts of the daily life of a missionary in the New World. Kino's work and trail blazing in today's Baja California, Sonora and Arizona led to the Spanish settlement of the state of California 60 years after his death by the Portola & Anza Expeditions. While Kino was working in the Spanish frontier, he gained fame in Europe for his maps of the previously unknown Sonoran Desert. Kino's maps were the definitive maps of the region for over 150 years after his death.
For more information about Kino's famous maps, click Cartographer.
Before becoming a New World missionary at age 36, Kino was a mathematics, astronomy and natural sciences professor in Central Europe while completing his training as a Jesuit priest.
To view and download one of the best and most accessible books about Kino's life,
click Online Book.
In 1965 the citizens of Arizona honored Kino by dedicating before 700 dignitaries from all over the world a statue of Kino at the United States Statuary Hall located in the United States Capitol Building. Kino was one of Arizona's two representatives so honored. The 50th anniversary of the dedication was celebrated in Washington D.C., Arizona and the Italian Province of Trento in 2015. Click US Capitol Statue for information about the Kino statue and selected speeches.
After the U.S. statue dedication, the President of Mexico ordered a renewed search for Kino's lost grave. An international team of historians and anthropologists found Kino's grave and skeleton in May 1966 in Magdalena despite a chaotic archeological and historic record and extreme time and budgetary constraints. The discovery is as suspenseful and compelling as any great detective story.
The discovery of Kino's skeletal remains has also been described as almost miraculous. For more information, click Grave Discovery and Chapel Discovery.
The 50th anniversary of the discovery will be celebrated in May 2016. For more information about the celebration, click Kino Wheat Celebration.
In 2006 the Archdiocese of Hermosillo submitted the 160 pounds of documents for the Vatican's consideration of Kino's cause for sainthood. With the acceptance of Kino's cause he was deemed a Servant of God by the Catholic Church. His cause for sainthood is presently under review at the venerable step. For those who believe that Kino is a saint, he is the patron saint of seed savers and sharers and the patron saint of international borderlands.
For more information about Kino's sainthood cause. click Canonization.
Since Kino's death in 1711, pilgrims have journeyed in the Fall to Magdalena de Kino and to Kino's grave site to honor the three great Franciscos of the Pimería Alta: Saints Francis Xavier and Francis of Assisi and Father Eusebio Franicsco Kino.
Kino's Mission San Xavier del Bac outside of Tucson is also an international pilgrimage site.
For more information on the Magdalena Piligrimage and San Xavier del Bac Pilgrimage, click Pilgrimage.
For more information about Kino's enduring legacy, click Kino's Legacy
Padre Kino at San Xavier del Bac
After starting the construction of the first church of San Xavier del Bac in spring 1700, Padre Kino called the "The Blue Shell Conference" and Native People came from through out present day Arizona to see him. The information received at the Blue Shell Conference from the Native People supported Padre Kino's hypothesis that California was part of the mainland and not an island as then believed. Padre Kino's later explorations to the Colorado River verified that there was an overland route to California. His discovery renewed the Jesuit mission efforts in Baja California that Padre Kino first started 15 years before and made Padre Kino's maps world famous.
On his return trip to his mission headquarters in Dolores in present day Sonora, Padre Kino saved a man from execution by riding on horseback over 75 miles in less than 24 hours.
At the invitation of the people of Bac, Padre Kino first visited their village in August 1692. During their 20 year friendship with Padre Kino, the people of Bac journeyed year-round to his missions in Sonora to help him and to receive his ministry.
Click Mission San Xavier for more accounts about Padre Kino and the people of Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Click San Xavier Blue Shell Conference for more about the Spring of 1700 from the book "Kino: A Legacy" by the Spanish colonial historian Charles Polzer, S.J.
Click 1701 Map for Kino's Famous 1701 map showing that Baja California was connected to the mainland. On the map the locations of the villages San Xavier and San Cosme (present day Tucson) are marked below latitude 32 degrees.
Click Cartographer for Padre Kino's other maps and his contributions to world cartographer.
For locations and identification of statues in the mission church and to print Guide click, Statuary Guide
To view 65 of 351 pages of the definitive book on the Mission - "A Gift of Angels: The Art of Mission San Xavier Del Bac" written by Bernard L. Fontana and photographed by Edward McCain. Click Art
To view more incredible interior photos and personal reflections by Miguel Peréz from his blog HiddenHispanicHeritage.com. Click English Text Spanish Text
Mission San Xavier del Bac is an international pilgrimage site. For information about the pilgrimages, click Pilgrimage.
Associated Kino Organizations
Associazione Culturale Padre Eusebio F. Chini
Kino organization in Europe
Website in English, Italian, Spanish and German
For website, click Associazione
Por Los Caminos de Kino
and its Fundación
Kino organization in Mexico
For information in Spanish and English about:
organization and annual cabalgatas, click Caminos de Kino
website, click Fundación
online multimedia, click Caminos Videos
Publication of New Kino Book
"Riding Behind the Padre:
Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border"
Richard C. Collins
For book review
Kino Related Events
Mission in the Sun Chapel
Ted DeGrazia Depicts The Life of Padre Kino
20 Oil Paintings
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
6300 N. Swan Road
Telephone (520) 299-9191 / (800) 886- 5201
Open Daily except select holidays
10 AM to 4 PM.
Also visit the community chapel - Mission in the Sun -
built by Ted DeGrazia in honor of Padre Kino.
For more information click DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
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