One Time Photo Op Friday

by Sister Julie Ann on January 9, 2009

058.JPGPicture a full parking lot of photographers focusing on a newly renovated 1797 San Xavier Mission, Tucson, AZ. Patronato San Xavier planned this dusk to 10:30 p.m. one time photo Friday op on January 9, 2009. The gleaming west tower was especially stunning.

061.JPGAdding special effects was a larger than your typical full moon (which was also 30% brighter than usual.) Quite a memorable moment to share with professional as well as amateur camera-shooting individuals. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity living close by enjoyed the moment. And they look forward to more whitening of the exterior of the ‘White Dove of the Desert’.066.JPG

Do you have any memories of being at this highly photographed place in the southwest? Have you ever visited San Xavier Mission School?

6 thoughts on “One Time Photo Op Friday”

  1. Sister Natalie says:

    The song, “Holy Ground” always comes to mind and heart when I see The White Dove of the Desert! I was privileged to walk the holy grounds and be present to absorb the Spirit of the People, the Land and the buildings. I pray that all the people who make the pilgrimage to San Xavier Mission will feel the presence of God and take that blessing with them.

  2. Since I was present for the photo op, I found it enlightening to see the many poses of the serious photographers, but also the many models of cameras that were represented. The most popular time for focusing on this 1797 church was 6 p.m.. Sister Moon was bright and low in the sky.

  3. Angie says:

    I briefly visited this mission once when I briefly lived in AZ and wanted to go back and look around more but I never did 🙁 and sadly most of the pictures never turned out either. It was a great experience though!

  4. I’m glad that you enjoyed your experience at San Xavier Angie! It is a blessed place where many of our Sisters have served! May the Lord give you peace!

  5. Angie, my guess is that you are not the only one who left the ‘White Dove of the Desert’ without being satisfied with personal photo ops. The Lord bless you as you carry the Spirit of God with you wherever you are!

  6. Sister Pat Sevcik says:

    I have been privileged to see the White Dove of the Desert twice, most recently in June of 2008. It was wonderful to meet and work with the people. It was most interesting to climb one of the towers with Sr. Carla and to talk with one of the workers restoring this beautiful church.

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