Discovering Our Catholic Roots in Florida

Fourth grade teachers of the Diocese of St. Augustine have developed an interactive timeline for their students, tracing our Florida Catholic roots from the time of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés – the Spanish explorer who founded St. Augustine in 1565 – to the time Bishop Augustin Verot was installed the Vicar Apostolic of Florida in 1858 and the establishment of the Diocese of St. Augustine in 1870 with Verot appointed our first bishop.

The timeline notes important events in our history and includes pictures, links to websites with additional information and brief descriptions of key historical events.


Teachers can also access shared lesson plans and study guides that can be used to support instruction in our fourth grade classrooms, as students learn about our Florida Catholic history, mission life and their connection to world events.

These lesson plans can be accessed by clicking here.