Mission to Arizona, 1916-1940: Father Augustine Schwarz, O.F.M.
Mission to Papaguería: St. Paul the Apostle, Chiawuli Dak
Village residents had been making adobe bricks for the walls of the anticipated chapel, which still lacked floor, roof, door, windows, and other fittings that Schwarz estimated would cost $500.
"May St. Paul, the Apostle, in whose honor the chapel will be dedicated, enable us to get this help soon. The Indians have gone ahead with their work in the expectation that their heavenly patron would send them an earthly patron to help them out," he wrote to The Indian Sentinel in 1939. Help must have come in other ways as well, since he noted that St. Augustine's Party also helped to build the chapel.
The little church, seemingly freshly painted inside and out, and adorned with a floral wreath of yellow flowers atop its cross, has been lovingly and well-cared for ever since its dedication.
In contrast to other chapels in the Tohono O'odham Nation, in 2001, the door to St. Paul's was wide open, with sunshine streaming through the windows. The cream-colored chapel was immaculate and adorned with crisp paper flowers, pictures, and statues.
Father Augustine Schwarz would have been enormously pleased.