Deacon Clayton Nickel, who served for seven years as a permanent deacon at St. Matthew's and recently moved to Tucson, has let us know of his new assignment for the Diocese of Tucson. Deacon Nickel, who recently celebrated his 10th anniversary of ordination, now serves as permanent deacon at San Xavier Mission.
He describes San Xavier as “the oldest intact European structure in Arizona,” founded in 1692 as a Catholic mission and now the parish home of the Tohono O’odham Native Americans. He sent the photos below and writes:
"... the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space. I first visited this beautiful church during my first visit to the Southwest. It was an eye opener and it has captivated me ever since. Little did I know that I would begin serving the San Xavier community and the Native American Tohono O'odham people some 15 years after that first visit and 10 years after my ordination on June 28th."
Let us keep Deacon Nickel and his wife, Simone Seym, in our prayers as they settle into their new community and missions.