On 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!