Kino  News

New Classic Book of The Southwest

Riding Behind the Padre
Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border

"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 could. 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 an international public health agency 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 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 been 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.

Richard's book was awarded "Topic Pick" by the Southwest Books of the Year for 2014.

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.

"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 White Sonoran Wheat.. White Sonoran 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

Publication of Two New Books

"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.


"Kino en el Arte"

Giovanni Martinez Castillo


Book Publication Reception
Psychology and Science Building - 9C
University of Sonora
Hermosillo, Sonora
Wednesday April 17, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 pm

The about to be published 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:


Click on
at the Fundación Kino A.C. website and select "Kino en el Arte" and play both Primera Parte and Segunda Parte.

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.

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 complete both sides click

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

Wins Judge's Trophy

in 2011 Tucson Rodeo Parade


"2011: Año de Eusebio Francisco Kino"

Required On All State of Sonora Documents

The Congress of the 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 Jesurit 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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