Historical site of the first parish Mass and first shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States.The Mission Nombre de Dios traces its origins to the founding of the city of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Aviles landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. Each year, Catholics and the local community celebrate Founder’s Day with a re-enactment of the landing followed by Mass. In the early 1600’s, a statue of Mary nursing the infant Jesus was placed in the chapel and more than 450 years later, she graces the current chapel rebuilt in 1915.
The mission grounds are home for the historic chapel and new Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche. In 2012, the Vatican approved October 11 as an annual diocesan feast day of Our Lady of La Leche, further elevating the Shrine’s status.
Other sites within the mission grounds include: the Mission museum, Shrine Gift Shop, Great Cross, Rustic Altar, and stations of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
We offer tours for groups including students, home school organizations, and parishes. We invite you to plan your next retreat or pilgrimage with us. Coming in the spring of 2018, new, indoor retreat space will be available! Please call our main number to schedule.
The Shrine Religious Supplies sells altar and church supplies, religious articles, and vestments to parishes and clergy to help support the Shrine and Mission. Monthly orders can be scheduled for delivery by calling one of our customer service representatives listed below.
A full calendar of our liturgy, events and daily devotion opportunities is published on our website – www.missionandshrine.org.
27 Ocean Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours of Operation
Monday–Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Monday–Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday–Friday: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rector of the Shrine
Father Erlin Garcia, ICC
Associate to Shrine
Father Carlos Sosa, ICC
Deacon Jack Rounds
Operations & Hospitality Manager
Church Supply/Customer Service Representatives
Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche
17155 NW U.S. Highway 441
High Springs, FL 32643
Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 p.m. with Novena
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
First Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to Saturday at 9:00 a.m.