• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

Juan José Agorreta

Nuestra Señora del Pilar y Santiago de Cocóspera

Cocóspera

By
Ginny Sphar

Father Juan was one of eight Querétaran friars who had drawn the eight missions of the Pimería Alta.[1] Father President Buena and Governor Pineda had sent him to Sáric in 1768.

In mid-October 1771, chunky Father Agorreta came to Tumacácori from Sáric to take care of Father Gil de Bernabé when he fell ill. Then when Agorreta’s hemorrhoids flared up, Father Garcés came south from San Xavier del Bac to take care of both. He nursed them until they recovered.[2]



[1] Buena y Alcalde to Guardian and Discretory, Tubutama, July 9, 1768, CC, 201.49. Buena y Alcalde to (Gálvez, early 1769), CC, 201.53. Barbastro, Compendio. Father Esteban de Salazar to Flores, Ures, August 21, 1768, CC, 202.12. Pineda to Buena y Alcalde, Horcasitas (May, 1768), AF, 40/907.

[2] Salazar to Buena y Alcalde, Tubutama, November 13, 1771, ibid., 512. On October 22, 1771, Agorreta married three Indian couples por enfermidad del Padre Ministro.


To learn more about Padre Agorreta go to Mission 2000 by clicking (here) and following the blue ID numbers. To return to Franciscan Missionaries, click (here).


Did You Know?

Mountains above Rancho Arizona

Arizona takes its name from a ranch of the same name, meaning "the good oak tree" in Basque, established by Bernardo de Urrea in 1735 in the rugged, mountain country about forty miles southwest of Tumacácori.