The Patronato is recruiting volunteer docents to provide guided tours of Mission San Xavier del Bac for visitors from around the world. The Patronato Docent Program began nine years ago. In 2017, docents led 1,821 guided tours for more than 30,000 people.
“It is an honor to work with our passionate docent team to share the very special story of the people, the history and the cultures that have come together in this remarkable place. Mission San Xavier is one of the great treasures of our region and the world, and helping provide context for our guests is a rewarding and enriching experience,” says Docent Education Director Clague A. Van Slyke, III. “As a native Tucsonan, San Xavier has always been part of my life, but becoming immersed in the story has strengthened my understanding and connection to our unique region.”
Information Session Scheduled
Learn more about the Patronato Docent Program at an information meeting Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon in the St. Clare Room at Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Rd. in Tucson. Click here if you have questions and/or wish to RSVP.
The Docent Training Program
Volunteers must complete docent training, which includes six required training sessions this fall on October 17, 24, and 31 and November 7, 14, and 28. This training will prepare new docents to begin leading tours during the busy winter months.
During the training, participants receive in-depth information about the history and culture of the region and the Mission, and they have opportunities for ongoing educational experiences with experts in history, religion, culture, anthropology and art history.
Patronato San Xavier
The Patronato’s only purpose is to promote the restoration, maintenance and preservation of Mission San Xavier, a National Historic Landmark near Tucson Arizona.