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Shrine to Our Lady of La Leche at the Mission de Nombre de Dios.

ST. AUGUSTINE – Saturday, Nov. 7, in an effort to learn more about the history of Florida, the Humanities III: Reformation to Romanticism class took a field trip to historic St. Augustine.

Don Pedro Menendez of Spain landed on the coast of Florida in 1565, meeting the Timucuan natives and making what is now known as St. Augustine the first explored and colonized territory of the New World.

Humanities students had the opportunity to visit several key spots in the area, and to learn the history associated with each.

The first stop of the day was at the Mission de Nombre de Dios.

At the Mission, the group toured the museum and the Shrine to Our Lady of La Leche. The museum held numerous relics dating to the sixteenth century, including the original, restored casket of Don Pedro Menendez, the Spanish conquistador.

The Shrine to Our Lady of La Leche, a shrine to the nursing Mary, was filled with families who were pregnant, or were trying to conceive.

Many women claim to have been cured of infertility by praying to Mary for intercession on fertility matters. The nun giving the tour joked, “Jesus just can’t say ‘no’ to his mom.”

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Left to right: Megan Seehaus, Madison Grigsby, Christian Arnold, Tyler Peterson, Amber McKinley, Dr. Bob Ritchie, and Dr. Greg Hartley.

After a quick stop for lunch at Borrillo’s Pizza & Subs, the group moved on to the Castillo de San Marcos. At the Castillo, they toured the grounds, climbed the seawall, and watched an artillery demonstration.

The day ended with exploration of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Flagler College, and Hyppo popsicles.

At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Humanities students disinguished the basic anatomical pieces of a classic cathedral and picked out different architectural components that make the cathedral a cultural melting pot.

Access to Flagler college was limited, but the courtyard alone provided the students with a pleasing aesthetic.

With popsicle flavors ranging from Coconut Pistachio to Habanero Chocolate, a cool treat topped off the day for those present.


The Humanities program entails the study of art, history, literature, & philosophy of past and contemporary societies, allowing students to engage the world as informed, engaged, and thoughtful global citizens and heralds of the kingdom of God.

Posted by Amber McKinley

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