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. padrekino.org. The Kino Heritage Society's webiste is at www.padrekino.com.
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
"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 http://deborahann.net/sor-juana/
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.
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7xVl-crf0Pk and
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1iwA6apDDk&feature=player_embedded
For more informatiion contact:
Fundación Kino A.C.
M.C. Giovanni Martínez Castillo
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 https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739177846
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 http://www.acmrs.org/publications/other/occasional
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.”
To view article, click Columbia_Mar2012.pdf
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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