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Patronato San Xavier
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Today 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
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1950 W San Xavier Rd Tucson, AZ 85746
1950 West San Xavier RoadUSArizonaTucson85746
Catholic Church, Historical LandmarkToday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 7:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 7:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Patronato San Xavier is a non-profit organization dedicated to restore & preserve the historic church. ph (520) 407-6130. San Xavier is a Catholic parish. ph- (520) 294-2624. 
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"There is also a nice giftshop and candle shop."
"Beautiful place <3."
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"Great fry bread after Mass on Sunday."
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Leila Rahil
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I grew up behind the "White Dove of the Desert" in a house off Valencia, so I have a plethora of memories visiting this historical and beautiful mission on the res just south of Tucson. But, recently, this place played an important part in a life event. My mom passed away unexpectedly and this was always her favorite place of worship in Tucson. She loved to come light a candle, say a prayer, and bless herself and those she was with w/some holy water. She also used to love to try and lift Father Kino's wooden statue to rid herself of "sin". I am by no means religious, so my appreciation of this beautiful place is for the gorgeous architecture and decor inside and the intricacy and preservation of the artistry within. This mission and the grounds it is on is a place of reflection and prayer for the religious and for those of us that aren't we can take it all in with aesthetic, historic, and artistic admiration. My only concern is that since it is still an active place of worship, I was appalled to see so much disrespect for the sanctity of the interior of the church. People didn't remove their hats or sunglasses, they were using flashes, and drinking from water bottles inside. Even the tour guide giving the history behind the building and grounds had exposed shoulders,was drinking water, and using a laser pointer...she should definitely have known better! So please, if you go inside, be respectful...if you don't know how to behave or what is allowed inside a Catholic church, please be modest and/or ask. We lit a candle in the little chapel to the left of mission and then hiked up the little hill adjacent to the mission where there is a little memorial shrine and released some balloons in my mother's honor and watch them disappear into the clearest of blue skies. It was a beautiful moment to be sure on a gorgeous spring AZ day and a wonderful way to memorialize someone. For those that want to experience the touristy side here, there are a variety of vendors w/in the walled "shops" and there are also an abundance of Indian Frybread stands out front under ocotillo shade stands making fresh frybread right in front of your eyes (if you don't know what frybread is, think funnel bread, but better!). Definitely worth a visit to see a relic of Catholic, Arizona, and Native American history wrapped in a beautiful building and grounds!
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JF Mg
2 weeks ago
It was built under the direction of the master builder Ignacio Gaona who built the Caborca church also.
palmira sanchez
7 months ago
Aigust 22.2014 I love it's history, I love the culture. Including the meaning behind San Xavier for me and my special love...
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Stephen Barnufsky
7 months ago
A must see when you visit Tucson. Try to get here before 4:00 PM. Things begin closing down 4:30 - 5:00.
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Charles Carlin
7 months ago
This Mission is a Gem of all missions in the southwest. Having visited missions all over the south west, I must say that San Xavier is Very Well maintained, and protected. The exterior is quite impressive and the sales of fried bread in the parking lot by locals is at your own risk. The church and the interior have been so well protected to give one a real feeling as to what it may have been like a long time ago. Worthy of a stop and tour, be sure to see the smaller altar next door. Just to sit and pray, or listen to the vibs that have passed before us is an honor and can be quite humbling. I start to run out of words now as the visions and feelings are all internal. Be sure to look at all the grounds and cactus. They have so many varieties. Enjoy, Blessings to all.
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Dan Spector
2 months ago
Amazing architecture in awesome setting, also it is home to amazing folk art inside. This is a working church with poor farmers around it.
Adam Florez
3 months ago
the best church in tucson lots of history
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Brian Bergström
2 years ago
Having visited all of the California Missions I started checking out other Missions in the Southwest and Mission Xavier is one of the most beautiful I have been to. I am a little disappointed with the wreckovations done to the altar for the Novus Ordo and the modernist that can never be happy as long as any tradition remains in the Catholic Church. There is a nice hike off property up a hill neighboring the mission which gives a nice view of the Mission and the surrounding valley. There is also a nice giftshop and candle shop. Great free benefit, when the candles burn out they collect the glasses and are available for anyone that wants to take them. The are quite beautiful, we have several and simply put votive candles in them.
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