Become A Friend of Patronato

Friends of Patronato are our Friends in Philanthropy

Become a Friend of Patronato by making annual philanthropic gifts of $50 or more during our fiscal year, July 1 – June 30.

Cumulative Philanthropic gifts received within the prior fiscal year will be used to establish your Friends level for the current fiscal year. (Event Tickets and Merchandise purchases are not included as qualifying philanthropic gifts.)

Should you wish for your philanthropic giving to remain Anonymous in future Donor Listings please call 520.409.0025 or email us at

Sunrise at the San Xavier Mission Church in Tucson

Friends of Patronato Levels and Benefits


Individual: $50 | Dual: $80

Basic Benefits:

All Friends of Patronato (FOP) Levels Include these Basic Benefits:

  • Invitations to FOP Lecture Series on Zoom and in person

  • Invitations to FOP Receptions & Events including our Open Houses at the Mission

  • Subscription to Patronato’s printed Newsletter 

  • Listing in our Annual Report featured on Patronato’s website

Supporting Friends

Concert Friend: $100-$249

Includes Basic benefits plus:

  • Advance mailing of the Patronato’s Christmas at San Xavier Concert Invitation. This Concert Series ranked #5 on USA Today’s “10 Best Holiday Attractions in Tucson” List and takes place annually the second week of December. 

Mission Friend: $250-$499

Includes Concert Friend benefits plus:

  • Opportunity to join a monthly Group Tour for your household including Behind the Scenes access to the Baptistry.

Santa Cruz Friend: $500-$999

Includes Mission Friend benefits plus:

  • Private Tour for up to 6 people including Behind the Scenes Tour of the Baptistry and Choir Loft. These Tours are led by the Executive Director or Development Director. Tour date/time coordinated to meet your availability.

Kino* Circle Friends

Gaona* Circle: $1,000-$2,499

Includes all Basic and Supporting Friend benefits plus:

    • An invitation to attend Patronato’s Kino Circle Celebration, held at the Arizona Inn in the Spring, recognizing our most loyal and generous donors giving cumulative philanthropic gifts of $1,000 each fiscal year
    • Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour for up to 6 people including the opportunity to meet with conservators working onsite. Tour date/time coordinated to meet your availability.
Velderrain* Circle: $2,500-$4,999

Includes Gaona Circle benefits plus:

    • A private, onsite Coffee with Conservators to be held at a special location at the Mission. Tour date/time coordinated to meet your availability.
    • Concert Supporters receive listing recognition in printed Newsletter (4k), eNewsletter (4K) Mailed Invitation, (1K) , Night-of Concert Program (1k) and Social Media posts on FB (2,800 Followers) Instagram (400 Followers).
    • Project/Education Supporters receive recognition in related printed Newsletter Article(s), Social Media Posts and any related printed or online materials.
Granjon* Circle: $5,000-$9,999

Includes all Velderrain Circle benefits plus:

    • Onsite Donor Panel Listing at Mission San Xavier for one year
    • Exclusive travel opportunity to experience a private Southwestern Mission Tour
Directors Circle: $10,000-$24,999

Includes all Granjon Circle benefits plus:

    • Invitation to Annual Directors Circle Breakfast and private tour at Mission San Xavier
    • A copy of A Gift of Angels, The Art of Mission San Xavier del Bac, a source book and comprehensive study of the Mission, written by the late Bernard Fontana with hundreds of color photographs by Edward McCain.
Visionary Circle: $25,000+

Includes all Directors Circle Benefits plus:

  • A customized exclusive experience engaging with the Mission’s art and architecture as well as leaders in the field of historic preservation and conservation.

For more information, please call 520.409.0025.


*Significant People & Places:

Kino | Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, the Jesuit missionary, astronomer, cartographer, rancher and explorer served under the Spanish Crown. He founded 24 missions and visitas in the Pimería Alta region, now divided between the Mexican state of Sonora and Arizona. Kino founded Mission San Xavier del Bac in 1692 and it is known as the “Northern Rim of Christendom” in the chain of Kino Missions.

Santa Cruz | For centuries, the Santa Cruz River has shaped the geography, agriculture, and lifeways of the village of Wa:k, and subsequently Mission San Xavier. In O’odham, Wa:k can mean “go in” referencing the part of the Sant Cruz river where the water seems to disappear back underground and maintain a subterranean flow. Though it used to run above ground for most of the year, today water can be seen in the Santa Cruz during the desert rainy seasons in winter and summer.

Gaona | Ignacio Gaona is the likely mason/architect of Mission San Xavier’s elegant, white stucco Moorish-inspired exterior with the ornately decorated façade. Construction began in 1783 and work ended when funds were exhausted in 1797. Goana was also the architect of La Purísima Concepción de Caborca, a mission church with similarities to Mission San Xavier built from 1797-1808.

Velderrain | Father Juan Bautista Velderrain, a Basque Franciscan arrived at San Xavier in 1776 and began construction of the present church. He may have hired the Basque architect, Ignacio Gaona, and a large workforce of members of the Wa:k community to build what was to become one of the most outstanding examples of Spanish Colonial Ultra Baroque art and architecture in the United States.

Granjon | Henry Regis Granjon was a French-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Bishop of Tucson from 1900 until his death in 1922. In the early 1900s, Bishop Granjon ordered renovations and new construction on the church and oversaw repairs to the church façade and mortuary wall which were damaged by an earthquake in 1887. In addition to having the church entirely replastered, Father Granjon also had the Granjon Gate designed and built to enclose the patio at the back of the Mission’s Convento Wing. Funding most of this work himself, Father Granjon leaves a generous legacy of historic preservation and philanthropy.