Fr. Manuel de Mendoza

Shrine Plans

Plans Video

Healing Retreat Center

Donated St. Joseph Statue


Plans for the Shrine

Artist Rendering of Shrine

The Shrine

VISION: The shrine is envisioned to be a place where the sacrifice of the martyrs can be re-presented and the mission story of La Florida can be shared for the spiritual and educational benefit of all, to honor our martyrs, and to give thanks to God. The site has open fields, rolling hills and beautiful vistas that will be preserved. All constructed improvements will be designed and completed in such a way as to minimize the impact to the site and preserve the natural beauty and history.

CHAPEL: A small, Spanish style, period chapel, similar to the La Leche Chapel in St. Augustine, will serve as the focal point of the Shrine. This structure would be of simple design, constructed of very durable material, and finished to replicate the mission look. No interior electrical or plumbing is planned, and the floors would be built of compacted clay. A life-size bronze statue of St. Joseph and the baby Jesus has been donated for the chapel.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Outdoor Stations of the Cross will extend across large areas of the site. Some of the Stations will be placed along the actual Camino Real roadway, the old mission road. Interconnecting pathways will make the site friendly for visitors and pilgrims.

SCULPTURE: Bronze sculpture telling the mission story will be placed throughout the site with appropriate support structures. Pavilions, gazebos, benches, fountains, and other site design items will be used to encourage reflection and create a prayerful environment.

BOOKSTORE: A small bookstore is planned to serve the visitors and pilgrims.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Paved ingress and egress, sanitary facilities, information and management center, on-site utility extensions and required parking to accommodate visitors are included in this proposal.

CEMETERY: A small, beautiful and peaceful Catholic cemetery is planned near the entrance to the shrine.

Watch the video of plans (video currently being updated)