Catholic Dictionary

Term

LA LECHE, OUR LADY OF

Definition

Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida, dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Leche, whose full title is "Our Lady, the Nursing Mother of Happy Delivery." It dates from 1565, when St. Augustine was founded by Pedro Menéndez de by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, who was accompanied by four diocesan priests. The shrine is part of American's oldest mission, Nombre de Dios, where the first Mass was celebrated. Central to the shrine is an image of the Madonna about to nurse her Child. The original image, from Madrid, and first chapel have been destroyed. But the new statue, in the present chapel built in 1915, is an exact replica of the original one.