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Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J.
(August 10, 1645 - March 15, 1711)
The eminent UCLA chief librarian and author Lawrence Clark Powell described Father Kino as "the noblest Southwesterner of all."
Professor Herbert Bolton, former head of the history department of the University of California at Berkeley, curator of the Bancroft Museum and the father of the study of Spanish colonial history in the United States described Father 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 Father Kino as the untiring friend and advocate of the O'odham and other native peoples.
Before becoming a New World missionary Father Kino was a mathematics, astronomy and natural sciences professor in Europe. Kino's reports and diaries and the correspondence between Kino and his contemporaries are the best accounts of the daily life of a missionary in the New World.
In 1965 the citizens of Arizona honored Father Kino by dedicating before 700 dignitaries from all over the world a statue of Father Kino at the United States Statuary Hall located in the United States Capitol Building. Father Kino was one of Arizona's two representatives so honored. Click US Capitol Statue for selected speeches.
For more information about Father Kino's Legacy, click Kino's Legacy
In 2006 the petition for the cause for Father Kino's sainthood was completed with the delivery of over 150 pounds of documents to the Vatican. In 2006 with the acceptance of the petition for sainthood Father Kino was deemed a Servant of God by the Catholic Church. His cause for sainthood is presently under consideration.
For more information on Father Kino's cause. click Canonization
Father Kino was one of the world's greatest missionaries and over 300 years after his death is revered by the Native People he served.
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 church of Mission San Xavier and to print Guide click, Statuary Guide
Kino Heritage Society Events
Celebrate Blue Shell Conference
with Kino Aficionados from Italy
April 24, 2014
Mass at 6 pm
Sunset Reception at 7pm
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Celebrate Kino's Blue Shell Conference at Mission San Xavier del Bac with the Kino aficionados from Kino's hometown in Italy and from Mexico and United States.
6 pm Mass in the church celebrated by Archbishop Luigi Bressan of Trent, Italy
7 pm Reception in mission courtyard - meet Kino relatives from Italy and videographers of new Kino documentary..
During the 2 weeks of the historic Blue Shell Conference, Kino proved that Baja California was connected to mainland and not an island as commonly thought. He started foundations of first church and rode 75 miles in 24 hours to save a man from execution. More info at San Xavier.
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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