Patronato's Docent Program
The Docent Program
The Patronato Docent Program began in 2011 and is sponsored by Patronato San Xavier, a nonprofit organization that 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) that does not receive sustaining support from any government or religious organization.
By sharing Mission San Xavier del Bac’s unique story with our visitors, we educate and inspire in order to secure the future of this culturally significant at-risk site.
- Appreciation of the story, art and architecture of the Mission.
- Respect for the culture and religious traditions of the Mission.
- Respect for the culture and spiritual traditions of the community of Wa:k.
- Accuracy of information and interpretation.
- Commitment to conservation and preservation efforts.
- Personal learning and growth.
- Docent fellowship.
From the Arizona Daily Star
By Ernesto Portillo
For several generations, the family of Olivia Gallego has worshiped at Mission San Xavier del Bac. There’s another connection, too: A great uncle was an architect who worked on a restoration project 60 years ago. The mission is personal to her. And she wants others to know its history. Since March, Gallego, a retired Tucson Unified School District teacher, has volunteered as a docent, giving tours to visitors to the mission, considered the best example of Mexican Baroque architecture in the country. Read more