Patronato's Docent Program

After nearly three years of suspended tours due to the pandemic and the partial closure of the Mission, Patronato’s popular Docent-led tours of the Mission resumed in February 2023.


 The Docent Program

The Mission Docent Program began in 2011 and is directed by the Patronato San Xavier, and constitutes the third strand of the organization’s mission; “interpreting the significance of Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark.” The docents provide free, thirty minute tours, six days a week.

Tours highlight the Wa:k community prior to the arrival of the Spanish, the arrival of Fr Kino and the establishing of the Mission in 1692. Insights are provided about the architecture and building of the current church and the measures currently underway to preserve it.

Become a Docent

We are in the process of building our number of active docents. If you are interested in becoming a docent, please fill out the contact form. Someone will contact you with further information about training and participation in the training, and to answer questions.

2022/23 Docent Training:

New Docent Orientation is being planned for late April 2023, to be followed by Docent Training in mid-to-late July 2023. Training dates are yet to be determined.


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