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From the time Spanish explorers established the town of St. Augustine in “La Florida” in 1565, they brought with them a particular devotion to the Blessed Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.

OLLL-400x400On September 8, 1565, the first Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on these shores — it was the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Shortly after, a special devotion to Nuestra Señora de La Leche y Buen Parto — our Lady of La Leche and Happy Delivery – began.

Since the 16th century, this devotion has been kept alive by countless people of faith who travel to the shrine seeking our Blessed Mother’s intercession for a safe delivery of their child, for the gift of fertility, special intentions and for those seeking to strengthen their faith.

Since the first Marian shrine in the United States was built in the same place where the first Mass was celebrated 450 years ago, the Blessed Mother’s special intercession is called upon as we continue the New Evangelization in our time and into the future.

The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche has the potential of becoming one of the major Marian shrines in this country and worldwide. We hope you will join us in writing the next chapter of its history!

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Lovely Lady of La Leche, most loving Mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and my Mother, please listen to my humble prayer. Your heart knows my every wish, my every need. I trust, dear Mother, that you will shelter me beneath your protecting mantle, like what you did to your Son. Intercede to Him that I may have the courage and the strength to overcome whatever difficulty surrounds me. Give me the grace to be faithful to you always and may you be my shining inspiration now and forever. Our Lady of La Leche, pray for us.

Schedule of Services

Monday through Friday

5:00 p.m. (Adoration)
5:30 p.m. (Rosary)
6:00 p.m. (Mass)

Wednesdays

11:30 a.m. (Mass in Historic Chapel)

*Confession is available 1 hour before Mass or by appointment

Adoration

Mondays

7:00 p.m.

Thursdays

5:00 p.m.

*There are no scheduled services on Saturday or Sunday.

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The devotion to our Lady of La Leche is one of the most ancient of all Marian devotions. Members of Our Lady of La Leche Society support the renovation, pastoral care and maintenance of the shrine. Special privileges and honors are afforded to Our Lady of La Leche Society members as follows:

Great Cross Circle
($1,000 to $2,499)

  • Two tickets to the October 10 & 11, 2015 dedication of the Shrine, Mass and VIP reception
  • Invitation to the annual feast of our Lady of La Leche Mass
  • Personally signed photo and picture with Bishop Felipe J. Estévez

Shrine Society
($2,500 to $4,999)

Great Cross Circle benefits, plus:

  • A commemorative 450th anniversary limited edition medallion

Mission Nombre de Dios Guild
($5,000 to $9,999)

Shrine Society benefits, plus:

  • Four tickets to the October 10 & 11, 2015 dedication of the Shrine, Mass and VIP reception
  • Name inscribed in the “Register of Our Lady of La Leche Faithful Flowers”
  • A personalized 4×8 brick in the Shrine Courtyard*

Mother of Milk Circle
($10,000 to $24,999)

Mission Nombre de Dios Guild benefits, plus:

  • Six tickets to the October 10 & 11, 2015 dedication of the Shrine, Mass and VIP reception
  • A personalized 8×8 brick in the Shrine Courtyard*

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés Founder
($50,000+)

Mother of Milk Circle benefits, plus:

  • Eight tickets to the October 10 & 11, 2015 dedication of the Shrine, Mass and VIP reception
  • Private dinner for up to eight with Bishop Felipe J. Estévez
  • Two personalized 8×8 bricks in the Shrine Courtyard*

*The named and memorial brick courtyard will not be established until sometime in mid-2016. Complete information on how to reserve bricks will be provided at that time.

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Contact Us

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Stanton L. Cadow, CFRE, ECRF

Director of Development

Diocese of St. Augustine
11625 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258
(904) 262-3200, ext. 171
(904) 262-4779

*Contact for questions about donations, pledges and giving.

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Ivan Carrillo-Paris, ICC

Rector of the Shrine

Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche
34 Ocean Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 207-7117
(904) 262-4779

*Contact for questions
about the Shrine.