Taking place from Friday through Sunday, February 22 – 24, 2019, on the grounds of the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission of Nombre de Dios, the 34th Annual Cathedral Festival features a traditional carnival midway with rides that are thrilling for all ages, including a Ferris wheel, a carousel, a tilt-a-whirl, and a super slide.
Raffles, auctions, and bingo will be running all three days as well as a silent auction from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, where visitors can bid on a wide variety of prizes. The Cathedral Festival Super Raffle, with a top cash prize of $10,000 will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday!
Tracing its origins to the founding of the city of St. Augustine in 1565, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios was discovered by Pedro Menendez de Aviles on September 8. 1565 and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church.
Menendez named this site Nombre de Dios, meaning Name of God. He put Father Lopez in charge of the mission, making him the first parish priest in St. Augustine.
Proceeds from the festival benefit the following schools: Cathedral Parish School, 904.824.2861, Monday - Friday 8 am - 2 pm; Cathedral Parish Early Education Center, 904.829.2933.