No Greater Love Festival Information

Note: bring your own chair or blanket.

Schedule of Events

12 PM – 

  • Tour the Living History: Actors share the stories of the Martyrs of La Florida
  • Live music, Vendors, Food Trucks, Children’s activities
  • Our Last Stand” documentary screening at 12:15pm, 1:30pm, and 4:45pm (for mature audiences)
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation and more!

3PM – 

  • Vigil Mass celebrated by Bishop Felipe J. Estévez inside the New Shrine

6PM –   Doors Open for performances:

  • Emcee: Blake Britton, seminarian of the Diocese of Orlando
  • Presentation: Dr. Mary Soha, Vice-postulator of the Servants of God of La Florida
  • Opener: Colleen Nixon, singer/songwriter/worship leader
  • Presentations: Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review and Andrew Walther of the Knights of Columbus
  • Headliner: Audrey Assad, daughter of a Syrian refugee, author, speaker, producer, and critically lauded songwriter and musician


Saturday, March 4th will be a busy day in St. Augustine with the Lion’s Seafood Festival scheduled for the same weekend. Be sure to allow enough time to find parking and make your way over to the festival. The following are some parking options:
  • The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche: these spots will be available for No Greater Love festival guests only at $10/spot on a first come – first served basis.
  • Free Park & Ride Shuttle: the City of St. Augustine will offer the free transit service on Saturdays in March and April starting March 4. Shuttles will operate from 11am – 11pm. Click for Park & Ride Map. We recommend you get off at the “Visitor Info Center” (10 S. Castillo Dr.) and walk .5 mile to the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche.
  • Parking Garage – Next to Visitor Center (10 South Castillo Dr) but fills up quickly. All day parking at the garage is $12
  • Click for additional information.


Audrey Assad

Audrey Assad is the daughter of a Syrian refugee, an author, speaker, producer, and critically lauded songwriter and musician. She releases music she calls “soundtracks for prayer” on the label Fortunate Fall Records, which she co-owns with her husband William.

In 2016, Audrey released a collection of hymns and original songs called Inheritance. She has approached this collection of songs with a sense of delicate appreciation balanced with artistic integrity. In an effort to highlight the beauty of the hymns, without trampling them underfoot, she has crafted a highly unique soundscape through a cinematic-styled approach. Working with co-producer Daniel James (Canon Blue, Joy Williams, Among Savages), the rich, lush textures and wide, expansive rhythms allow Audrey’s voice to glide effortlessly over a diverse landscape of prayerful contemplation. In the album’s quite moments, Audrey’s signature piano playing and pure vocal tone create a familiar and calming place for the listener.

One original song that should not go unnoticed is “Even Unto Death,” which was co-written with Matt Maher after Audrey heard of yet another martyrdom in the Middle East. “I thought of the many martyrs around the world, but especially those in the Middle East, and wondered to myself what would be running through my head if I knew my life was about to be taken because of my faith,” Audrey explains. “And so I began to write the song that became ‘Even Unto Death,’ praying for the martyrs and hoping for even a shred of their courage. That’s something I would want to sing about on Sundays.” Lover of my soul even unto death, with my every breath I will love you shares the chorus of the song, both fragile and confident—two words that happen to aptly describe Assad’s personal faith.

For more information about Audrey and her music, see her website: http://www.audreyassad.com/

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Colleen Nixon

Colleen Nixon is a singer/songwriter/worship leader born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. Her love for song became apparent at a young age, and in her parents’ words, “she was singing before she was speaking.”

After years of voice lessons, singing in school and at Church, Colleen moved to Nashville, TN where she attended Belmont University and studied Commercial Music Voice and the Music Business. It was there in college where she found her gift for song writing, and started writing songs about life, love and all else in between. This pursuit of sharing her heart through song has led to the recording of two CD’s featuring her original music; “Love is in the Details (2009)” & “Lake Ella’s Sky (2013)”.  These projects were both recorded and produced in Nashville, TN by Grammy Award Winner, Mitch Dane. These albums are of the pop/jazz genre, (Sara Bareilles, Norah Jones sound), but as Colleen coins it, “these are pop songs coming from a Catholic heart, and are a way to share the love of Christ with a wider audience”.

During college, Colleen started leading the music for Mass, Adoration, and retreats at her Catholic Campus Ministry. It was there she met Jimmy Mitchell and with him started a Sacred Music project called Marian Grace. As Marian Grace, Colleen (vocalist/co-arranger/songwriter) and Jimmy, (pianist/co-arranger) take the Church’s richest musical treasures in hymns and arrange them with a contemporary sound. They have been featured on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” and have 3 CD’s: “Ancient Hymns & Chants (2010),” featuring the Nashville Dominican sisters, “What Wondrous Love (2012),” and even an Advent/Christmas CD, “In the Bleak Midwinter (2013)”.  All of their CDs are distributed by Ignatius Press and have been sold in over 23 countries and in thousands of bookstores.  Marian Grace has been booked for Sacred Music concerts at Churches and Conferences all over the country and have shared their platforms with some of the best Catholic speakers and teachers from authors Jeff Cavins, Vinny Flynn, and Edward Sri to talk show host Teresa Tomeo, and Priest Fr. Andrew Apostoli to name a few.

Colleen has been married for 5 years to Titus, and they have 3 sweet children, Benny (4) Max (2 ½) and Camille (10 months) whom she is so grateful for! They currently reside in Tallahassee, FL.

For more information about Colleen and her music, see her website: http://www.colleennixon.com/

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Guest Speakers

Kathryn Jean Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute where she directs the Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society, and editor-at-large of National Review. She is also a nationally syndicated columnist with Andrews McMeel Universal.

She was awarded the annual Washington Women in Journalism Award for Outstanding Journalism in the Periodic Press from CQ Roll Call for writing about religious persecution in the spring of 2016, among other honors.  


She is a contributor to Crux and Angelus (the newsmagazine of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles) and columnist for Our Sunday Visitor’s Newsweekly and has been published by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and First Things, among others.


She is co-author with Austen Ivereigh of the book How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice.


Lopez speaks frequently on faith and public life, including on college campuses, as well as radio and television, including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and EWTN.


A product of New York City Catholic education, she is a member of the Archdiocese of New York’s Pro-Life Commission.


At the opening Mass of the Year of Faith in Rome in October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI presented her with a message to women throughout the world.

Andrew Walther

Andrew Walther serves as Vice President for Communications and Strategic Planning at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Office in New Haven, Conn. In this role he oversees the organization’s external communications, media relations, book publishing and public opinion polling programs.

Andrew has been actively involved in the K of C’s work for persecuted Christians, and directed the Knight’s extensive media and advertising campaign urging the State Department’s recent declaration that Christians and other religious groups were facing genocide in the Middle East. He also helped to write the nearly 300-page genocide report submitted to the State Department last year.

He has helped oversee the K of C’s humanitarian outreach to Christian refugees, and those for whom they are caring, particularly from Iraq and Syria. Andrew has traveled to Iraq twice in the past year meeting with US and UN officials, NGO representatives and members of the Christian and Yazidi communities. Most recently, he visited in December with Congressman Chris Smith, to help assess the aid situation confronting Christians in Kurdistan.

Dr. Mary Soha

Dr. Soha completed her undergraduate studies at Springhill College in Mobile, Alabama where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology, and minors in both chemistry and philosophy.  Dr. Mary continued her graduate studies in immunology at the University of Florida and in 1984, both she and her husband of 32 years, Dr. Walter Michael Soha, earned their M.D.s at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Dr. Soha currently operates her own practice in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in pediatrics and sports medicine.

Since 1997, she has been a member of the Commission for the Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha and is a member of the National Catholic Native American Conference. Dr. Mary also serves as a vice postulator for the Commission of the Canonization of Antonio Cupia and the Servants of God of La Florida.

Special Viewing

Screenings at 12:15pm, 1:30pm, and 4:45pm.
Content is for mature audiences.

Our Last Stand

In Our Last Stand, Helma, an Assyrian-American school teacher from New York, spends her summer vacation traveling to Iraq and Syria to help raise awareness about the plight of the Christian communities (Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac) threatened by civil war and ISIS.

Helma’s journey takes her from refugee camps struggling to care for Christians who have fled ISIS in Northern Iraq, to the small militias helping to defend and retake villages from ISIS in the Nineveh Plains and Hasakah, Syria, to Helma’s family’s hometown of Qamishli in Northern Syria. During her trip, Helma uncovers both heart-breaking and inspiring stories of grief, despair, persecution, courage and hope as she discovers what it means to sacrifice for her faith and community.

This first-of-its-kind documentary will inform westerners, especially Americans, about the existence of these ancient Christian communities, the threats they face and the crucial role these communities play in the Middle East. By building awareness, Our Last Stand will help American citizens, policy makers and others stand in solidarity with the persecuted.

Our Last Stand’s Website