Eusebio Kino

Today is the 300th Anniversary of the death of a remarkable Italian, Eusebio Kino, S.J.

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.

Comments

  1. Angela Castillo says

    300 years ago, he had respect for indigenous people and learned their language. This says so much about him.

  2. Paul says

    Angela,

    While Jesuits have many faults (I know!), we do tend to take other cultures and traditions seriously and treat them with respect. Not always, unfortunately, but as a general rule.

    Paul

  3. says

    I was in Magdalena ,Sonora the day of the discovery of Padre Kino’s remains. A student on my way to the beachstopped at a pharmacy. When i came out i sawa commotion in the street. They were taking the stones from the street and padre Kino’ remains appeared. inspired i formed PPEP inc the next year using his itinerant model aboard an old Chevy school bus named La Tortuga. For more details http://www.ppep.org

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