Kino arrived in the New World in 1681 and spent his first two years in Mexico City. Then, for a quarter of a century, he traveled all around Mexico’s Northwest [including to what is today’s Arizona]. He spread the faith and established 24 Missions and dependent chapels.
He was known to respect the indigenous peoples and learned the languages of Guaycara, Nabe and Cochimi. He wrote a memoir, Favores celestiales, about his missionary work the year before he died but it was not published until the 20th Century.
Although a statue of Father Kino is in the Capitol in Washington D.C. in recognition of his important role in forming links between two very different cultures, his burial site remained a mystery until 1966 when his remains were discovered by a joint Mexican & American team near Magadalena in northern Mexico.