St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mission Nombre de Dios
In this vicinity, on September 8, 1565, having arrived with Pedro Menendez de Aviles and Spanish citizens, Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales led the first parish mass in what is now the United States of America. At a makeshift rustic altar, Father Lopez offered mass in honor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, its feast day on the same day. Following the liturgy, the Spaniards and the Tumucua Indians shared a meal. The Spanish named this site “Nombre de Dios” or “Name of God.”
Marker placed by
Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Donna Griffin Cullen, State Regent
Erected 2013 by Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Location. 29° 54.236′ N, 81° 18.868′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of San Marco Avenue (Business U.S. 1) and Old Mission Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Mission, along the paved walkway throughout the grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27 Ocean Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Saint Augustine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Cross (about 300 feet away); Historic Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche (about 400 feet away); Our Lady of La Leche (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Mission Nombre de Dios (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Spanish Muster Site in Florida (approx. ¼ mile away); Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (approx. ¼ mile away); 33 Bernard Street (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . Mission Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche. (Submitted on February 9, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 8, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.