Kino  News

New Kino Book Recently Published

"Riding Behind the Padre
Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border"
Richard C. Collins

"Widely acclaimed as the newest addition to the classic literature of the Southwest."

"Riding Behind the Padre - Horseback Views From Both Sides of the Border" is written by author Richard C. Collins. Richard is a Borderland rancher, PhD scientist and a member of Por Los Caminos de Kino.

In 2008 Richard joined the members of Por Los Caminos de Kino. This group for over a quarter century has retraced on horseback the trails that Padre Kino rode as a missionary and explorer. These annual rides called cabalgatas are ridden as pilgrimages on horseback to honor Padre Kino.

Richard's lively book engagingly details the many facets of life in the Borderlands of Arizona and Sonora as only one with Richard's love for the land and its people can. His  descriptions, thoughts and musings about the beautiful and sometimes desolate Borderlands are expressed eloquently as he and his cabalgatan compadres take on the adventures of the trail.

As a scientist, Richard worked for the International Center for Disease Control in Central America for over 10 years while he and his family lived in the region during its bloody civil wars of the 1970s and 1980s. And, of course, you can tell by Richard's gentle humor and fascinating explanations of ranching life that he has been on a horse rounding up cattle since birth.

As an author, Richard's articles have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Science and Spirit, and SN Review magazines. His essays on ranch land conservation have twice received recognition by the Environmental Writing Institute at the University of Montana.

This is a must read for those who want to take a personal tour of the Borderlands and get to know its ecology, history and culture - past and present. It is also for those who believe that the legacy Padre Kino can once more unite the the people of the Borderlands with sensible approaches to border issues.

The book's website, like Richard's book itself, is a feast for those who are interested in the vibrant and enchanting Borderlands. For more information, click Richard C. Collins.

You can preview more than 35 pages of Richard's book on Google Books by clicking

For more information on Por Los Caminos de Kino, click on this website's page at Cabalgata.

¡Buen Camino de Kino!

Special TV Report:  "Pilgrimage to Magdalena"

Pilgrims Paul Cicala & B. Smith on the Camino de Kino

Padre Kino's legacy continues to unite all people of the Borderlands of Arizona and Sonora by the centuries old pilgrimage to Magdalena de Kino.

Television reporter Paul Cicala's special report on his 60 mile pilgrimage from Nogales to Magdalena on the Camino de Kino first aired on KVOA TV Tucson on October 2, 2014.To view Paul's report, click Special Report

Paul has twice received the presigious Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism. He is the sports director and reporter for News Four Sports. For more about Paul, click Paul Cicala.

For more about the pilgrimage on this website, click Pilgrimage Page.

Italian Delegation Visits Dioceses & Associations in Pimería Alta

Pimería Dioceses Sign Kino Sainthood Petition
Archbishop Bressan (Trent) and Bishop Kicanas (Tucson)
Not pictured: Archbishop Macias (Hermosillo)

During the Easter week of April 2014 Archbishop Luigi Bressan of Trent led a delegation from Italy who visited sister Kino associations in the Pimería Alta (today's Arizona and Sonora) and its dioceses to promote Padre Kino's cause for sainthood. The delegation flew from Milan and arrived in Tucson on Easter Monday. Then they traveled to Sonora where they made a pilgrimage to Kino's tomb in Magdalena de Kino and met with Archbishop Marcias in Hermosillo. On Easter Thursday they celebrated Mass with the Kino Heritage Society in commemoration of The Blue Shell Conference at Mission San Xaiver del Bac in Tucson.

Kino relatives and board members of the Associazione Culturale Padre Eusebio F. Chini, Alberto and Denis Chini, along with filmmaker Alessandro Cogal presented to the sister associations a documentary about Kino's life made in the context of the 300th anniversary celebration in 2011 of Kino's death. There are 3 versions of the documentary in Italian, Spanish and English. The Italian Association's website is at www. The Kino Heritage Society's webiste is at

Blue Shell Conference Mass at Mission San Xavier
Kino Assoc. Pres. Alberto Chini, Fr. Albino Dell 'Eva, Archbishop Luigi Bressan, Vice-Postulator Domenico Calarco,  Denis Chini, Filmmaker Alessandro Cagol.
Not pictured: Sabrina Cogol &  Antonio Gravili

Kino's Pima Club Wheat

"In Padre Kino's Veggie Garden"

by Martha Burgess

Ethnobotanist and gardener Martha Burgess makes recommendations for planting that winter garden in Sonoran Desert using Padre Kino's gifts of vegetables and grains. Kino brought them from Europe and adapted them to the desert climate.

The heirloom plants that can be grown include Kino's Pima Club wheat that can be used as wheat grass. Pima Club was saved from extinction by Native Seeds/Search and is now grown by the San Xavier Cooperative Association. Padre Kino's introduction of winter wheat to the O'Odham's food supply meant that they they would no longer face hunger during the starvation months of April and May.

There are more food preparation suggestions and also information on the Mission Gardens in Tucson.

Read Martha's  article in the November 2013 issue of Edible Baja Arizona by clicking Kino's Garden

"Padre Kino" by Fabric Artist Deborah Ann

Casa Kino Affordable Housing Dedicated in Washington

Named in honor of Padre Kino is a newly constructed affordable housing development in Quincy, Washington, serving primarily farmworker families. At the May 9, 2014 dedication ceremony, Bishop Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima, consecrated and blessed Casa Kino, a 51-unit rental housing project and community center, emphasizing the ministry of Padre Kino and his important legacy of faith and teaching, education and caring for those tied most closely to the land.

Also the commissioned art work entitled "Padre Kino" was unveiled. The 4 by 6 foot work made from fabric by artist Deborah Ann is displayed in the community center. The images in the work are customed hand dyed and the fabric is stitched and quilted. For more information about the artist, click

Sea Mollusk Named for Padre Kino

The June 2013 issue of the scientific journal "The Nautilus" reports that a new species of a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk, Marionia kinoi (Nudibranchia: Tritoniidae), was named in honor of Padre Kino by marine biologists Dr. Hans Bertsch and Dr. Orso Angulo-Campillo (pictured above).  Marionia kinoi is found in shallow sub tidal waters along the Pacific Coast of Mexico and Central America. Padre Kino was the first Pacific conchologist (one who studies mollusk shells) and his knowledge of the distribution of another marine mollusk, the abalone, was crucial for his determination that Lower California was a peninsula, not an island. The Nautilus 127(2):85–89, 2013.

Governor Brown Acknowleges Padre Kino

In California Wine Month Proclamation

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring September, 2013, as California Wine Month in the State of California.  Part of the text of the proclamation is set out below where Governor Brown acknowleges Padre Kino's contribution to the history of California. Later Governor Brown proposes a toast to Padre Kino and his suceeding vintners. For the entire proclamation, click Governor's website.


Proclamation of the Governor of the State of California

   "The first vineyard in Spanish California was not planted within the area that would become our state, but rather at the short-lived Misión San Bruno in what is now the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The Italian Jesuit priest Eusebio Francisco Kino established this mission in 1683 at the beginning of his long career exploring and proselytizing in the region that would become the Southwestern United States. ....

......  I hope that many Californians will join me in raising a glass to the pioneers, beginning with Padre Kino, who helped bring this amazing bounty to California ....

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim September, 2013, as “California Wine Month.”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 21st day of August 2013.

Governor of California

Secretary of State

Sonoran Desert El Pinacate Reserve Achieves
UNESCO World Heritage Site Recognition

Publication of Two New Books

"Kino en el Arte"


Giovanni Martinez Castillo


The  book "Kino en el Arte" by Profesor Giovanni Martinez Castillo presents art and literature that portray the life and legacy of Padre Kino.

Kino art from around the world includes statues of Kino (6 equestrian, 8 portrait, 11 standing figure, 6 bas relief), 9 murals, 12 collections of paintings (including those of Tucson artist Ted DeGracia), many portrait paintings, 3 movies and numerous web videos, music (folk and symphonic compositions including a corrido by Rosie Garcia, President of the Kino Heritage Society), poems (including the famous poem by Sor Juana de Inez), stamps, medallions, performing artists, Kino's maps and documents -  all honoring our heroic Padre.

Of course there are the 350 books about Padre Kino - by 314 authors  - in 5 languages - including comic books in Italian and Spanish.

View the magnificient videos in 2 parts on You Tube that highlight some of the Kino art and literature presented in the book:

Click on Part 1: and

Part 2:

For more informatiion contact:

Fundación Kino A.C.


M.C. Giovanni Martínez Castillo
Cel. 044-66-21-44-44-27
M.C. Jesús Moreno Durazo
Hermosillo, Sonora, México

Congradulations Giovanni on the publication of "Kino en el Arte" and your other wonderful work that celebrates the life and legacy of Padre Kino.

"Early History of the Southwest
Through the Eyes of German-Speaking Jesuit Missionaries
A Transcultural Experience in the Eighteenth Century"


Dr. Albrecht Classen


In his recently published book "Early History of the Southwest through the Eyes of German-Speaking Jesuit Missionaries - A Transcultural Experience in the Eighteenth Century", Dr. Albrecht Classen portrays the large number of European priests from the Jesuit universities in German speaking lands who dedicated their lives as missionaries to native peoples of the Pimería Alta. These priests originated from today's Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, and Slovenia. Starting with Padre Kino's arrival in 1685 to the expulsion of the Jesuits from the New World in 1767, these missionaries' detailed reports to their superiors and their other writings provide important historic accounts of daily life on the Spanish colonial frontier and also gave Europe its first scientific and ethnographic knowledge of these then unknown lands.

Dr. Classen provides a vivid picture of how these brave and intelligent priests responded to the challenges of the Sonoran Desert and its native peoples. He highlights priests like: Fr. Philipp Segesser who left a large personal correspondence to his family in Switzerland; Fr. Ignaz Pfefferkorn who wrote an encyclopedic book about early Sonora; and Fr. Joseph Ochs who wrote travel reports that reveal his own private thoughts about being a missionary. Of course Professor Classen expertly analyzes Padre Kino's long lasting impact on the Pimería Alta and how Padre Kino's own writings and world famous maps influenced his Jesuit brothers that followed after him. For more information on the book, click

Dr. Albrecht Classen is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona and is a professor in the German Studies Department. He is an internationally recognized scholar on European literature, culture and history from the medieval to early modern periods (800 to 1800). He is also an expert on eighteenth-century Jesuit missionary literature in the Southwest. Dr. Classen's translation of the personal letters of Fr. Segesser entitled “The Letters of the Swiss Jesuit Missionary Philipp Segesser (1689-1762)”  was published last fall. For more information on the book, click

Professor Classen's most recent honor was being named Arizona's Best Professor of the Year 2012 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as part of their U.S. Professors of the Year awards.


Knights of Columbus Honor Padre Kino

  "Catholic Man of the Month" for March 2012

"Eusebio Francisco Kino was born in present-day Italy and studied in Austria. After recovering from a life-threatening illness at age 18, he entered the Jesuits and continued his studies in Germany. He desired to be a missionary in the East, but following his ordination, his superiors sent him to the New World.

After settling in Mexico with his Jesuit companions in 1681, Father Kino established the first Catholic church in the Sonoran Desert. He went on to found two-dozen missions and visitas throughout northern Mexico and present-day Arizona and California. A skilled mathematician and cartographer, he mapped an area of 50,000 square miles during his expeditions and was named the royal cosmographer.

Father Kino was compassionate toward the natives, fighting for their rights and teaching them the faith. “The harvest of the very many souls is now so ripe,” he wrote in a memoir, “that all the year they come from distances of 50, 100, 150 and more leagues to see me and to ask me to go and baptize them.” He also taught European agriculture and herding practices, opposed the forced labor of natives in Spanish silver mines and worked for peace among tribes.

On March 15, 1711, Father Kino died in Magdelena, Sonoro, Mexico. His remains were discovered in 1966 and the process for his canonization began the following year. In 2006, he was named a Servant of God. When Blessed John Paul II visited Phoenix in 1987, he said, “With exceptional personal abnegation, Father Kino worked indefatigably to found missions everywhere in this region, so that the Gospel of our Lord could take root among the people who lived here.”

March 2012

To view article, click Columbia_Mar2012.pdf


Kino Statue Image on
Annual Jesuit Vocation Prayer Card
Jesuits Fathers of Canada and United States

Honor Padre Kino
November 5, 2011

To view both sides

Card Front

Card Back

 Vatican Issues Postage Stamp

Commemorating 300th Anniversary of

 Padre Kino's Death

March 21, 2011


To view Vatican stamp click Kino Stamps


Padre Kino and His Vaqueros

Win Judge's Trophy

Tucson Rodeo Parade - 2011

 "2011: Año de Eusebio Francisco Kino"

Required On All State of Sonora Documents

The Congress of the Mexican State of Sonora passed legislation on December 28, 2010 that requires the words "2011- Ano de Eusebio Francisco Kino"  ("2011 -Year of Eusebio Francisco Kino") appear at the top of all official documents and correspondence issued by the government of Sonora during the year of 2011 as part of the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the death of Padre Kino.


 Monthly Kino Articles in The New Vision

The New Vision, the monthly newspaper of the Diocese of Tucson, has started publishing a series of articles about the life and ministry of Padre Kino.

In the March 2011 issue Dr. "Big Jim" Griffith tells a personal story about how Padre Kino continues to live on in the hearts of today's people of Pimeria Alta.

In the February 2011 issue Fr. Eduardo Fernandez writes about Padre Kino and those who helped him in his apostolic work.

In the December 2010 issue Fr. Chris Corbally, S.J. of the Vatican Observatories writes about his fellow Jesuit sciientist Padre Kino and the Christmas season.

In the November 2010 issue Dr. Bernard Fontana writes about how Padre Kino brought European culture to the Pimeria Alta.

In the September 2010 issue Father Greg Adolf of the Kino Heritage Society writes about Padre Kino's ministry in the Pimeria Alta.

Click on  New Vision Series  for the articles.

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