110 Miles from Sanford to St. Augustine in honor of Our Lady of La Leche and the Floridian Martyrs & Missionaries
Pilgrimage starts with Mass at 8 a.m., at St Thomas More Church in Sanford on the Tuesday after Easter Sunday, and ends at Nombre De Dios Shrine on the following Sunday, after Mass and lunch.
Total miles: 110 miles - 1/3 canoeing, 2/3 walking.
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On the blessed morning of Easter 1513, a land, La Pascua, Florida is sighted for the greater Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Juan Ponce de Leon landed its northeast coast and planted the first cross in its sand.
The early heroic missionaries and martyrs endured deplorable conditions bringing the Faith to native Indians. Modern day Catholics may not face death of body, but the today’s ignorance and irreligious atmosphere cries for evangelization!
Come, walk the path of the martyrs from St. Thomas More Church, Sanford Florida, to the oldest known site of the First Mass in North America and Nombre de Dios Shrine in St. Augustine.
Our Lady chose this place for the first Marian sanctuary of our country. On this pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lady of La Leche, prayers have been answered and several were blessed with a La Leche Baby.
Most first martyrs in North America started their journey from Saint Augustine.
At this holy place, the very first Thanksgiving has been offered to the natives on September 8th 1565, after Mass.