Our Lady of La LecheJamie Trueblood
Our Lady of La Leche Shrine
It started as a gloomy afternoon, but those who gathered knew Mary wouldn’t let it stay that way. As if to welcome the congregation, the overcast clouds slowly drifted apart, and brilliant rays of warming sunlight cascaded upon The Miraculous Medal Shrine.
It was August 28, the day The Miraculous Medal Shrine unveiled its brand-new prayer space dedicated to Our Lady of La Leche.
Devotion to Our Lady of La Leche began in the Roman catacombs, where Mary was depicted nursing her Divine Son. It became popular in Spain after miracles occurred from praying for her intercession.
When Spanish missionaries came to Florida, they built a chapel to Our Lady of the Milk and Good Delivery—the first shrine consecrated to Mary in what would become the United States.
Through the remarkable generosity of Gail (inset) and Dale Whittenberger, this devotion has found a home at the Shrine. The shrine contains an exquisite portrayal of Our Lady of La Leche, painted by Mary Roth, Gail and Dale’s loving daughter-in-law. Their dedication to Our Lady of the Milk celebrates the gift of their own children and grandchildren.
Come to The Miraculous Medal Shrine and experience our newly installed shrine, created in thanksgiving for answered prayers for family, fertility, and life.