Patronato's Docent Program

March 14, 2020 | Mission San Xavier del Bac announces it is temporarily closed for mass and visitors.

Tucson’s Bishop, the Most Reverend Edward Weisenburger, and San Xavier’s Pastor, Father Bill Minkel, OFM decided large numbers of pilgrims and tourists in a small space is a high-risk situation during the COVID-19 outbreak. The action has been decided out of caution of the public, parishioners, and the San Xavier del Bac staff.

The decision is temporary, according to the Diocese of Tucson. More details to be provided when available.

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.

2020 Training Dates to be announced

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.

Contact our Docent Program Coordinator

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