Kino  News

Online Video of Bishop Kicanas' Kino Presentation at
Catholic University's "Founding Padres" Discussion 

"Founding Padres" Panelists (left to right)  Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas,
  Dr. Steven W. Hackel, Dr. Tracy Neal Leavelle, Rev. Joe Nangle,
  Rev. Maurice Henry Sands and Rev. Gerald Fogarty. 

The Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. hosted on April 22, 2015 a panel discussion about "The Founding Padres" of the United States - Junipero Serra, O.F.M., Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J., and Jacques Marquette, S.J. These three missionary explorer priests are honored with statues standing in the United States Capitol's Hall of Heroes. The panel of historians and Catholic leaders discussed the Founding Padres' contributions to United States & Catholic history together with the upcoming canonization of Padre Serra during the September visit of Pope Francis to Washington, D.C. 

To View the entire "Founding Padres" Video with speaker backgrounds

Bishop Kicana's Kino Presentation starts at [0:06:00].

Father Fogarty also discusses Padre Kino and his legacy. His presentation starts at  [1:21:46].

For Video Time Guide to Speaker's Name, Topic & Presentation Start Time 

Click, Speaker Times or read below.

Dr. Maria Mazzenga, Assistant Director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies
Welcome [0:00:00]

Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service
Visiting Fellow, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies
Presentation Background and Speaker Introductions [0:02:21]

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Diocese of Tucson
Kino Presentation  [0:06:00]:

Dr. Steven W. Hackel, Professor of History, University of California at Riverside
Serra Presentation [0:26:50];

Dr. Tracy Neal Leavelle, Associate Professor of History, Creighton University
Marquette Presentation [0:41:30];

Rev. Maurice Henry Sands, Secretariat of Cultural Diversity, U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops
Native American Historical Perspective  [0:53.00];

Rev. Joe Nangel, O.F.M., Associate Pastor, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Arlington, Virginia.
Today's Missionary Perspective  [1:14:00];

Rev. Gerald Fogarty, S.J., Professor of History, University of Virginia at Charlottesville
United States Catholic Historical Perspective [1:21:46] 

Kino Lauded at Vatican Conference
As Model for Unity of The Americas

Father Kino was lauded as a model for the unity of The Americas at a recent Vatican conference. The "Witness of Mercy in The Americas” conference was held in Rome, Italy on September 24, 2016. The conference was a collaboration of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Diocese of Denver Colorado in the United States.

Jonathan Reyes, director of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development of the United States Bishop’s Conference spoke about Father Kino and his legacy as one of the greatest missionaries of both the North and South American continents . He said that Kino was an early proponent of the idea that there was one Americas, both geographically and culturally and that Kino should be honored as a model for the unity of The Americas and as an exemplar for the Holy Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis advocates the uniting of the work of the Catholic Church into an "one Americas" mission throughout the entire Western Hemisphere that stretches from Canada to the Pope Francis's own native Argentina. The Vatican and bishops from North and South America discussed plans for an unified response to the challenges in the many different parts of The Americas that are now becoming more and more similar throughout all the nations of the Western Hemisphere. The major challenges confronting all the people of The Americas are poverty, unemployment, migration, racial division and violence. 

Mission San Xavier del Bac & Kitt Peak Observatory Alignment from Interstate 19

Jesuit Astronomer Awarded 2014 Carl Sagan Medal

Dr. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. (now director of the Vatican Observatory) received the prestigious 2014 Carl Sagan award from his fellow planetary scientists. Brother Guy and Father Kino are part of the long line of Jesuit astronomers who have made major contributions to the advancement of astronomical science. Over thirty-five craters on the moon are named in honor of past Jesuit scientists and The International Astronomical Union in 2000 honored Brother Guy by naming an asteroid after him, the "4597 Consolmagno." 

The Kino Heritage Society commissioned the photographic art work "Faith & Science" and presented it to Brother Guy at the 2014 AAS Division of Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson where Brother Guy received the Sagan award. The photo shows the actual alignment of the San Xavier Mission with the Kitt Peak National Observatory in the background as it was taken just north of the San Xavier Road exit on Interstate 19. The other images in the work are based on photographs taken in the interior and exterior of the Mission.

As an astronomer, Kino mapped the path of the Great Comet of 1680 and wrote a famous treatise about it. To view Kino's comet map, click Kino Comet for color image and click Kino Comet for black & white image. 

The Kitt Peak National Observatory was dedicated on the 249th anniversary of Fr. Kino's death - March 15, 1960 and Mission San Xavier Mission del Bac was established by Kino in 1692.

The "Faith & Science" art work was created by Raechel Running and the display of it on the website is by permission of Raechel Running Photography. Thank you Raechel for helping The Kino Heritage Society honor Brother Guy with your wonderful work.

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, scientist 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 of Padre Kino can once more unite the the people of the Borderlands with sensible approaches to border issues.

In 2015 the New Mexico Book Co-Op with its 1,500 authors and publishers voted Richard's book best in the category of political, social and current event writing.

Richard's book also 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

For a preview of Richard's book and its prolouge and first chapter, click Preview and scroll down. 

Padre Kino by Deborah Ann

Washington Housing Facility Named For Kino

A newly constructed affordable housing development, serving primarily farmworker families, is named in honor of Padre Kino in Quincy, Washington.  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 Deborah Ann

2013 California State Wine Proclamation Toasts Kino

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 above 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 - "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"  For the entire proclamation, click Governor's website.

For wine critic Mike Dunne's columns in the Sacramento Bee on Kino's contribution to vinticluture click Kino: Wine Today, Saint Tomorrow? and Kino and California Wine.

"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

Marine Biologist Dr. Hans Bertsch

Sea Mollusk Named for Kino

The June 2013 issue of scientific journal "The Nautilus reports that a new species of shell-less marine gastropod mollusk was named in honor of Padre Kino by marine biologists Dr. Hans Bertsch and Dr. Orso Angulo-Campillo. Marionia kinoi (Nudibranchia: Tritoniidae) is found in shallow sub tidal waters along the Pacific Coast of Mexico and Central America. Padre Kino was the first Pacific conchologist 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.

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

The Padre on Horseback
Three Kino Statues for Three Countries
Segno, Trento -  Magdalena de Kino, Sonora - Tucson, Arizona 

Jesuit Vocation Prayer Card Honors Padre Kino

To View and Download

Card Front - English
Card Back - English

Card Front - Spanish
Card Back - Spanish

Annual Vocation Prayer Card
Jesuits Fathers of Canada and United States

Feast of All Saints of the Society of Jesus
November 5, 2011


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.



 Kino 300th Anniversary Articles in The New Vision

 The New Vision, the monthly newspaper of the Diocese of Tucson, published a series of articles about the life and ministry of Padre Kino in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Kino's death in 2011.

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

In the October 2010 issue Raul E. Ramirez writes about the history and present status of Padre Kino's cause for canonization.

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

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

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

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 September 2012 issue Julieta Gonzales recalls her experiences as a child visiting her relatives in Sonora and their stories about the Magdalena Fiesta.

In the November 2012 issue psychologist Dr. Paul Duckro, Ph.D. writes about Padre Kino and his courage and compassion. 

Click on  New Vision Series  for the articles.

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