The Word Among Us

June 2022 Issue

The Padre on Horseback

Eusebio Kino, Patron Saint of the Borderlands

By: Patrick McGovern

The Padre on Horseback: Eusebio Kino, Patron Saint of the Borderlands by Patrick McGovern

The explorers who traveled to the New World centuries ago needed a great deal of courage to chart the land they called the Americas. The terrain was often rough and unforgiving, the endless days on the trail could be lonely, and relations with the Native Americans were risky. No, exploring was not for the faint of heart or weak of body.

But among these early explorers, one man stood out for his faith as well as his courage: a Jesuit priest named Eusebio Kino. While most explorers...

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