"450 years ago, September 8th, Christianity became firmly planted in what is now the United States," Father Tom Willis, priest at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine said.
Pedro Menendez founded St. Augustine with hundreds of people and with four priests, Willis noted.
"There had been several other expeditions before Menendez to Florida, but they failed for one reason or another," Dr. Timothy Johnson added. Johnson is a professor at Flagler University and an expert on Franciscans."
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