Miami, Florida: National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity
About Our Lady of Charity:
Patroness, of Cuba, the original Shrine of Our Lady of Charity is in El Cobre, Cuba. With the influx of Cuban refuges arriving in the 1960’s, devotion among Cuban exiles was necessarily part of their experience.
About the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami:
On September 8, 1961, a replica of the statue of Our Lady of Charity in Santiago de Cuba, was smuggled out of the country and arrived in Miami. On that date the Archdiocese of Miami celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Charity with 30,000 exiled Cubans in Miami Stadium.
Construction on a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Charity, to be more formally known as La Ermita de la Caridad, was begun in 1966 and completed in 1973, thanks to contributions by the new Cuban immigrants.
There are daily Masses and Confessions in addition to Weekends. On the 8th of each Month there is a Mass for the sick at noon (“La Virgen de la Caridad bendice a los enfermos”). The Shrine also contains a gift shop.
The feast Day of September 8 is celebrated at the University of Miami, since the Shrine itself is not large enough to handle the huge crowds.
Traveling to the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity:
Address: 3601 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33133
Tel: +1 (305) 854-2404
email: use the form on their website
Click here for the official website of the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity in Miami.