After our visit to Tumacácori Mission, we headed up the road to see another mission founded by Father Kino. This mission was founded in 1692. The construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. It is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona and is filled with beautiful original statues and mural paintings!
This mission was named after St. Francis Xavier whose feast day is celebrated today and, according to my Spanish mother-in-law, is in our family tree! Apparently my father-in-law always refers to him as “Uncle Frank!” ☺ I would love to do a little further research on that someday!
Here are a few pictures from our visit to San Xavier del Bac:
You can find a few ideas for celebrating today’s feast of St. Francis Xavier here
St. Francis Xavier, Patron of the Missions, Pray for us!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.