Learn more about the Patronato San Xavier Docent Program at an information meeting Wednesday, September 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon in the multi-purpose room at the San Xavier District Office, 2018 San Xavier Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746. Click here to RSVP.
Patronato San Xavier 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 eight years ago and in 2018, docents led 1,771 guided tours for more than 32,000 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, our Mission has always been part of my life, but becoming immersed in the story has strengthened my understanding and connection to our unique region.”
The 2019 Docent Training Program includes six required training sessions on October 23 and 30; November 6, 13, and 20; and December 4. This training prepares new docents to lead 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 docents educate and inspire visitors with the long-term goal of helping to secure the future of this culturally significant at-risk site. They offer free docent-led tours of Mission San Xavier Monday through Saturday, including special group and school tours.
More about Patronato San Xavier
Patronato San Xavier 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) and does not receive sustaining support from any government or religious organization.