San Xavier Mission
Tucson never ceases to amaze me with its local attractions. Yesterday we took a house guest from Canada to the westside and thought we would stop by one of Tucson’s oldest Churches. San Xavier Mission is in fact the oldest functioning Church in Arizona. As we arrived, we were reminded of how beautiful and spiritual the Church is as Mass was taking that place at 5.30pm, is it does every day of the week.
There has been a Church at the San Xavier Mission site since 1700 which Foundations were started by Father Kino.The actual construction of the current Church was started in 1783, and completed in 1797. The church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space.
There is no admission to enter, but there are donation boxes to help fund the restoration of the church and to keep up the maintenance of the building.
San Xavier has survived an earthquake, and they are now working on the outside of the building and restoring the plaster. The Franciscan monks returned to the Mission in 1913,
Recently, Mission San Xavier became a separate non-profit entity and remains a testament to the endurance of culture throughout Tucson’s history.
There is also a School founded in 1864 next to the church, that focuses on educating the population around the church, particularly the Tohono O’odham children in the vicinity of San Xavier Mission,
We hope you that you visit this beautiful place on your visit to Tucson. We know you will not be disappointed.