Kino Catechetical Institute was founded in 1972 by Fr. Ernest Larkin, O.Carm. and was named in honor of Padre Eusebio Kino (1645 -1711), an Italian Jesuit who pioneered missions for Spain in Sonora and Arizona. In the years since its founding, Kino has served the adult faith formation needs of the diocese in a variety of ways, and continues to provide the diocese with Catholic lay people educated in their faith and prepared to serve under the mission of the Church. Formerly located in its own building in central Phoenix, Kino Catechetical Institute is now housed downtown at the Diocesan Pastoral Center.