Jesuit Missions, The Steps of Father Kino

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Experience this wonderful journey back in time and experience the odyssey of the Italian Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino who evangelized the indigenous people of the region and founded the first missions in Sonora, Arizona, and California in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

The fascinating history of this missionary and explorer is located in the region called “la Pimeria Alta”, an extensive area that today is part of northern Sonora and southern Arizona, previously inhabited by the Pima and Tohono O’odham ethnic groups (Men of the Desert) who lived in the lurking of the Apaches, for what they saw in the Spanish missionaries some allies to face them.

Father Kino’s visionary determination was reflected in the Misiones de San Ignacio de Caborica, which was his home for long periods; later it would found the Mission of Tubutama of great mysticism; the Mission of San Antonio de Oquitoa that preserves its old wooden beams that cover the main roof of the nave; the Pitiquito Mission where inside there are very unique representations of the devil and death; and in Caborca ​​the Church of the Immaculate Conception stands out, currently considered a Monument of the Nation.

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