The White Dove in the Desert

The White Dove in the Desert

Jake Bruton

St. Francis de Xavier Catholic Church, also known as The White Dove in the Desert, is a church I was able to visit in a vacation I took last year. It is full of history and beauty, showing the scars of time and nature. The church is still in full effect even though it is a tourist destination. In the field, right before the church, the men and women of the reservation that it is built on make Indian tacos with everything you can think of to put on it. This church is full of tradition to its traditional murals covering the churches insides to the traditions of the people on the reservation.

Founded by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692, construction started on this church in 1783 and was finished in 1797. It began as a European church, became a Mexican church after the Mexican war, and became a US church when we won. It was stuck by lightning in 1939 it still holds the scar of the impact. The church was made into the shape of a cross from end to end. It has a hill that was used to show the steps of Jesus, to put people in the shoes of Jesus walking with the cross.

The church which was the first European building built in Arizona still stands and holds themselves to the standards they once held in the past. This place is a beautiful place to just feel the strength of God and all that he is. To walk and look at the murals is mesmerizing just to experience. I believe that if you are looking for a family friendly place to go and eat afterwards The White Dove of the Desert is the place to be.