Sunday, August 2, 2020
White Dove of the Desert
Mission San Xavier del Bac is located about 10 miles south of Tucson Arizona on the Tohono O'odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino. It has come to be known as "the white dove of the desert" because of it's white stucco exterior.
Unlike most of the chain of Missions in California and Arizona, this one is still actively run by the Franciscans and still serves the local native American community and all others who reside in the area.
It is a beautiful church that is easy to find and welcoming to all visitors. I try to make a point of visiting it anytime I visit Tucson. These photos were taken during the monsoon season a few years ago. I think the church looked especially dramatic with those huge, puffy clouds in the background.