Archive for the ‘Mission San Xavier del Bac’ Tag

Boy In Church Window   1 comment

Boy In Window (1 of 1)-2-72Boy In Church Window — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Boy in church window
Occupied in childhood things
Adults pray to God.

— kenne

Distant Friends   1 comment

Our good friends from Porter, Texas, Ken and Mary Harris,
spent several days with us before continuing the western swing through Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.

— kenne

Ken & Mary Visit-72Joy, Mary, and Ken, Mission San Xavier del Bac

Ken & Mary Visit -- Sabino Canyon-2-72Mary, Ken, and Kenne In Sabino Canyon Recreational Area

Mary On Mt. Lemmon-72Mary On Mt. Lemmon

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends!
Like the mellow rays of the departing sun,
it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” 

– Washington Irving

 

Mission San Xavier del Bac   1 comment

Ken & Mary Visit -- Mission-72Mission San Xavier del Bac — Image by kenne

Our good friends Ken and Mary Harris, from Porter, Texas have been our guest since Thursday,
which means we have an excuse to visit some of our favorite place in southern Arizona.
Above, Joy and Mary are standing on the walk in front of the Mission San Xavier del Bac.

Ken & Mary Visit-72.jpgJoy, Mary and Ken 

Ken & Mary Visit -- Mission-3-72

Ken & Mary Visit -- Mission-4-72.jpg

Ken & Mary Visit -- Mission-5-72.jpg

Ken & Mary Visit -- Mission-6-72.jpgImages by kenne

 

 

The Right Place — The Secret Is Out!   2 comments

St XavierThe Right Place — Photo-Artistry by kenne

How will you know when
you are in the right place?
The secret is out!

. . . in a place where
each question
contains the answer.

You will know
that place
when you have
the right feeling —

The secret is out!
Or is it?

What to do
when the feeling
is missing?

. . . sadly,
your place

is not the right place.

kenne

Desert Mission Scene   3 comments

St XavierDesert Mission Scene — Digital Art by kenne

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

― Ram Dass

White Dove Of The Desert Computer Art   Leave a comment

baileys-visit-2011-04-16-san-xavier-mission-iii-blog-frameWhite Dove of the Desert (Mission San Xavier del Bac, First Poated April, 2011) — Computer Art by kenne

‘‘San Xavier del Bac, known as a rancheria since the seventeenth century, and as a mission since 1720 or 1732, was, in June, 1768, committed to the care of Padre Francisco Garces, who was its minister for eight or ten years, but whose successors are not named in any record that I have seen. The neophytes were scattered and had forgotten their doctrina, so it is said, but they consented to return if not compelled to work. Before the end of the year, the mission was destroyed by Apaches, who killed the native governor and captured two soldiers, the padre and most of the neophytes being absent at the time. In several subsequent raids, the mission livestock disappeared, but after 1772 lost ground was more than regained, though Padre Garces * * * was for a large part of the time, engaged in northern explorations. The official report of 1772 shows a population of 270 on the registers, and describes the church as moderately capacious, but poorly supplied with furniture and vestments. All the churches of Pimeria Alta at this period are described as of adobes, covered with wood, grass and earth. Arricivita, writing in 1791, mentions on one page that the Franciscans have built here adobe houses for the natives and walls for defense against the Apaches; but though specifying somewhat minutely the various churches that had been built or repaired, he says nothing of such work at Bac. In a similar statement on another page, however, he includes Bac, as well as Tucson, among the places where churches of brick had been built. Yet I think the chronicler would not have dismissed with so slight a notice the magnificent structure still standing at San Xavier, which has elicited many a description from modern visitors. The church is said to bear the date of 1797, which is presumably that of its completion. The building, or rebuilding, was probably begun soon after the date of the reports on which Arricivita based his work, and completed in the final decade of the century. * * * The establishment seems to have had no minister, and to have been practically abandoned from about 1828, though the Papago ex-neophytes are said to have cared for the building to some extent in later years.’’

This is the oldest mission in Arizona or California, and to-day stands as a monument to the industry and religious zeal and architectural skill of the early fathers. 

“Tucson, as we have seen, is first mentioned in 1763 as a rancheria visita of Bac, which had been for the most part abandoned. In the last years of Jesuit control, however, it had 331 Indians, more or less, under control of the missionaries. Reyes, in his report of 1772, describes San Jose de Tucson, as a visita of Bac, without church or padre’s house, on a fertile site where a large number of gentile and Christian Indians—not registered, but estimated at over 200 families—had congregated. Many of these seem to have been subsequently scattered; at least Anza found only eighty families of Pimas in 1774. Says Arricivita: ‘‘The Apaches have always sought to destroy a small rancheria at Tucson, it being the point of entry for their irruptions; but by the efforts of Padre Garces, there was built a pueblo, with a church, house for the padre, and a wall for defense, and it is to-day, a presidio of Spaniards.’’’’

From this it will be seen that Padre Garces made Tucson a walled town, it being the first and only walled city in the United States.

— from History of Arizona — Volume I

Mission San Xavier del Bac — Panorama Week, Day 4   Leave a comment

Green Mountain, Saguaro, MissionMission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona — Image by kenne

 

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