Mission San Xavier has inspired countless people across centuries since its foundations were laid in 1783.
This National Historic Landmark is a premier example of Mexican Baroque architecture and along with the majestic saguaro, is one of the most recognized icons in Arizona.
Today, this active Mission remains a working parish and the spiritual home for many Southern Arizonans. Host to tens of thousands of visitors annually from around the world, in October 2015, the Mission was named to the global World Monuments Fund “Watch” list that includes 50 cultural heritage sites in 36 countries that are at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political and economic change.
Nonprofit Patronato San Xavier was founded by Southern Arizona community leaders in 1978 as a vehicle for conserving and preserving the Mission. Patronato funds and directs ethical conservation, conducts scientific research, and interprets the significance of Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark in the community of Wa:k, part of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Patronato is a non-sectarian non-denominational 501(c)(3) and does not receive sustaining support from any government or religious organization.
- The new 1783 Society offers a way to make a difference, forever. Generous people are choosing to leave a gift to Patronato in their wills to ensure the future of the Mission. Read more »
- Need a Good Speaker? Would your service club or organization like to hear about the Mission and Patronato’s effort to restore and preserve it? Read more »
- National Grant Program Pledges More Funding Towards Saving Historic Churches, including Mission San Xavier Philadelphia, PA – The National Fund for Sacred Places has selected 13 congregations and nonprofits, including Patronato San Xavier on behalf of Mission San Xavier, ... Read more »
- Visit Tucson’s Marisol Vindiola Joins Patronato San Xavier Board of Directors TUCSON, AZ – Visit Tucson’s Director of Mexico Initiatives Marisol Vindiola recently joined the Board of Directors of Patronato San Xavier, a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization founded ... Read more »