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  • “Good news from San Xavier del Bac” from the Arizona Daily Star Monday, May 4, 2015 By Jim Griffith. After a long wait, the work on Mission San Xavier’s east tower is finally beginning. No, we aren’t going to complete the unfinished tower — we’re just going to keep it from falling apart.  Click here to read Jim’s blog post.   Read more »
  • “Patronato San Xavier looks to restore east tower” by KVOA 4 Thursday, April 30, 2015 By John Patrick. Mission San Xavier del Bac has been standing in the Sonoran Desert since 1797. Now, one of Southern Arizona’s most iconic landmarks, is in for a much needed makeover. Click here to view the story.   Read more »
  • “East tower restoration at Misson San Xavier del Bac” by KGUN 9 Wednesday, April 29, 2015 By Jennifer Delacruz. One of Southern Arizona’s most historic landmarks is in for a major makeover.  Construction on San Xavier Mission was completed back in 1797, when George Washington was still in office.  Click here to view the story.   Read more »
  • “Group Seeks Funding to Restore San Xavier East Tower” by Arizona Public Media Monday, April 27, 2015 By Fernanda Echavarri. Patronato is launching a $3 million fundraising campaign.The funds will be used to restore the east tower of the Mission, which is expected to take five years, said Barbara Peck, member of the board of directors for the Patronato. Listen to the full radio story here. Read more »
  • Patronato Launches Public Phase of Critical Campaign to Conserve East Tower of Mission / El Patronato San Xavier lanza la fase pública de campaña para conservar la Torre Oriente de la Misión de San Xavier del Bac Monday, April 27, 2015 Patronato Launches Public Phase of Critical Campaign to Conserve East Tower of Mission / El Patronato San Xavier lanza la fase pública de campaña para conservar la Torre Oriente de la Misión de San Xavier del BacThe East Tower is showing serious signs of deterioration, with brick fragment and stucco crumbling in places. Workers have stabilized the tower so that it does not present any danger to people coming to the Mission. However, if left unrepaired for much longer, the risk of damage to the priceless interior artwork grows and becomes ... Read more »
  • “Mission Possible: Restore San Xavier” by the Arizona Daily Star Sunday, April 26, 2015 By Johanna Willett. Standing on the east tower of Mission San Xavier del Bac, Bob Vint’s fingers graze the cracking plaster. If Vint, the architect for the mission’s restoration, has anything to say about it, this tower will finally get its due after being an unintentional afterthought for so many years. Click here to read the full ... Read more »
  • “San Xavier Mission, then and now” by the Arizona Daily Star Wednesday, April 22, 2015 2015 Photos by A.E. Araiza. Photos of Mission San Xavier del Bac taken in 1940 and 2015. Click here to see photo gallery. Read more »
  • Patronato Executive Director Announces Retirement  Saturday, February 28, 2015 For Immediate Release Contact:   Clague Van Slyke (520) 325-8660 TUCSON, Ariz. – Vern Lamplot has announced his retirement as executive director of Patronato, effective February 28, 2015. Patronato is the non-profit, non-sectarian organization that has been raising funds for and coordination of the restoration and preservation of the San Xavier Mission for the past 23 years. Patronato is ... Read more »
  • Holidays in Tucson: Beating a ‘Bah! Humbug!’ mood by Arizona Daily Star Tuesday, December 2, 2014 By Ann Brown Ready to scream “Bah! Humbug!”? And it’s only two days into all-things-holidays month of December. Take a deep breath and head out to Mission San Xavier del Bac and get back in touch with the spirit of the season. Read the full story here. Read more »
  • Sacristy Arcade Completed Friday, July 18, 2014 For Immediate Release From Patronato San Xavier 520 407-6130 July 18, 2014 After more than three years of work, the Sacristy Arcade restoration was completed at San Xavier Mission this spring. Morales Restoration & Builders put the last remaining piece – the original doors to the Chapter Room – into its original place. Sometime in the 20th century the doors were removed ... Read more »
  • 2014 Founders Circle Ceremony at San Xavier Sunday, June 15, 2014 For Immediate Release From Patronato San Xavier June 15, 2014 In a ceremony this spring in San Xavier’s courtyard, the Patronato San Xavier inducted the inaugural members of its Founders Circle, established to recognize the contributions of former members who exemplify the spirit, passion and devotion of the Patronato’s early founders. Among those included in the 2014 Founders Circle ... Read more »
  • New York Times story on Linda Ronstadt’s Borderland Sunday, December 29, 2013 San Xavier Mission mentioned in December 29 New York Times story about Linda Ronstadt’s Borderland. Read the story here. Read more »
  • Patronato Docents Provide Guided Tours of the Mission Tuesday, October 8, 2013 For Immediate release From Patronato San Xavier October 8, 2013 “The docent tour was awesome,” said an Illinois family recently. “Thank you for the wonderful tour,” wrote a woman from California. During the last year, nearly 25,000 visitors to San Xavier took advantage of the free guided tours by docents trained in the history and cultural of the region. The docent volunteers ... Read more »
  • Favorite 25 Pima County projects ID’d for possible bond money Tuesday, August 20, 2013 The residents have spoken. More like they’ve logged on. Pima County has released a top-25 list of the most popular projects proposed by a host of local agencies and to be funded possibly by bond money. The projects were identified in a high-profile Web poll that got a total of 17,000 votes in the last few weeks. The ... Read more »
  • Patronato Founder “Retires” Thursday, June 20, 2013 For Immediate Release From Patronato San Xavier 520 407-6130 June 20, 2013 Bunny Fontana – The Heart of San Xavier’s Restoration It may be that one insight led Bernard “Bunny” Fontana to a fruitful and singular career.  “I realized the someone doing anthropology could do it here, that it wasn’t necessary to go to Africa or to Asia or to ... Read more »

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