The beautiful new Capilla de San Francisco is located near the Santa Maria de Magdalena church on the Plaza Monumental in Magdalena de Kino. The image of San Francisco Javier had been located in a chapel on one side of the church, but is now on display inside of this impressive building.
San Francisco Javier has been a revered saint in Sonora since he was introduced to the region by Jesuit priest Father Eusebio Francisco Kino in the late 1600’s. Thousands come to visit San Francisco every year, including pilgrims who travel to Magdalena on foot, on horseback and in vehicles to visit the saint during the Fiestas de San Francisco (also known as the Fiestas of October) held every year in late September and early October.
Read more about the Fiestas de San Francisco.
The Capilla de San Francisco was opened on March 10, 2013, after it was blessed by Father Ulises Macías Salcedo, the Archbishop of Hermosillo. It is a must-see for visitors to Magdalena de Kino.