Discover Serenity:
National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

Discover Peace at America's First Marian Shrine.

A Sacred Sanctuary of Peace and History

Dear Friends and Pilgrims,

Welcome to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios, a place where the whispers of history and the tranquility of faith merge into a serene sanctuary, recognized as America’s First Marian Shrine.

Nestled in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida, this sacred site, designated a national shrine by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2019, has been a beacon of prayer, devotion, and miracles for over 450 years. The gleaming silhouette of the Great Cross marks the “sacred acre,” where the first Mass in North America was celebrated on September 8, 1565, a true testament to the enduring faith and thanksgiving of those who stepped ashore.

As you explore our website and plan your visit, we invite you to journey through time and faith. From the moment General Pedro Menéndez de Aviles and his crew landed in La Florida, their acts of veneration and the first parish Mass celebrated here set in motion a legacy of devotion to Our Lady of La Leche, Nuestra Señora de La Leche y Buen Parto, Mary nursing the infant Jesus. This devotion has grown, drawing pilgrims from all corners of the globe, seeking the powerful intercession of Our Lady for fertility, safe delivery, and the well-being of children.

Today, the National Shrine stands as a testament to the conversion of hearts and the gracious intercession of Mary. It is more than just a place; it is a journey into the heart of faith, a step onto holy ground where countless have found solace, peace, and answers to their prayers. Whether you come in search of history, peace, or spiritual renewal, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche offers a tranquil haven for all.

On behalf of our clergy and staff, I extend to you a joyful and heartfelt welcome. We are honored to share this sacred space with you, inviting you to experience the compassion, care, and comfort of the Blessed Mother. May your visit, whether in person or through the pages of our website, inspire a deeper connection to our shared story of faith and devotion.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Erlin Garcia, IIC

Discover Peace and Prayer at America's Oldest Spiritual Ground

We are proud to be recognized as a beacon of peace, drawing visitors not just from Florida but from across the world to discover the profound sense of calm within our grounds. The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche is more than a historic site; it is a living journey into a realm of peace that resides both in the beauty of our surroundings and in the spirit.

As you plan your visit, immerse yourself in the tranquil oasis that our Shrine provides. Whether seeking solace, delving into the rich tapestry of faith and history, or simply enjoying the beauty of our sacred spaces, we are here for you. Come and stand on the sacred ground where our story of conversion and grace continues, and let the serenity of Our Lady of La Leche envelop you in peace.

We look forward to welcoming you to this special place of peace and prayer.

Voices of the Faithful: Real Experiences at Our Lady of La Leche

A Sanctuary of Serenity: America's Most Peaceful Tourist Spot

Celebrated Tranquility Amidst the Rush

In a world where the quest for peace can often lead us on an endless search, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche stands out as a beacon of tranquility, officially recognized by Casago as America’s Most Peaceful Tourist Spot. This distinguished honor is not just a title; it’s a testament to the serene sanctity our shrine offers to each soul that steps into its sacred grounds.

The Path to Peace: How We Were Chosen

In an exhaustive analysis conducted by Casago, TripAdvisor’s “Things to Do” sections across all 50 U.S. states were scrutinized, with attractions ranked based on the frequency “peaceful” was mentioned in English-language reviews. Remarkably, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche led the nation, with 41% of reviews celebrating the peace found here. This accolade places us not just as a point of interest, but as a haven for those seeking solace and a moment of respite from the world’s clamor.

Beyond the Chapel: A Landscape of Calm

While the historic chapel stands as a serene sanctuary, it is the sprawling gardens and the quiet corners of our campus that truly capture the hearts of our visitors. Described as a place where sighs of contentment are as common as the gentle rustle of leaves, our shrine offers a landscape where peace isn’t just visited, but deeply felt. From the lush, green vistas to the gentle waters that grace our grounds, each element of our sacred acre is a testament to tranquility.

Explore in Pictures: The Serene Grounds of Our Lady's Shrine

Invitation to Experience Unparalleled Serenity

We invite you to journey to the heart of St. Augustine, Florida, to discover the unmatched peace that has drawn pilgrims and visitors from across the globe. Whether you seek a quiet space for reflection, a spiritual connection, or simply a pause from life’s relentless pace, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche offers a profound experience of calm and renewal.

Join us in this sacred space, recognized not just for its historical significance, but for the deep, enveloping peace that embraces all who visit. Discover for yourself why gardens, churches, and temples, like our own, are celebrated as the most peaceful spots across the nation — and why our shrine is heralded as the pinnacle of peace.

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