St. Ambrose
Catholic Church

The Catholic community that grew around St Ambrose Parish beginning in the early 1800's was bound by more than a common faith; many members of the parish were also kinfolk. Descended from the Minorcan clan who had lived in St Augustine since the 1700's, these intertwined families migrated inland to find farmland, settling 12 miles southwest of St Augustine at Moccasin Branch.

Priests from St. Augustine served the parish until 1860. Then, Father Henry Peter Clavreul arrived from France to minister to the settlement, and to other Catholic enclaves in southwestern St. Johns County. During this period, the Moccasin Branch faithful attended Mass at a barn on the Solano farm. In 1875, Father Clavreul's successor, Father Stephen Langlade, built the first St Ambrose Church. A skilled carpenter, Father Langlade was architect and contractor on the project. Parishioners provided labor and a quota of five pine trees per family.

From 1881 to 1948, a two-room school operated by the Sisters of St Joesph from St Augustine educated generations of parish children. By the early 1900's, the community had outgrown Father Langlade's hand-hewn building. The "new" St Ambrose Church was finished in 1907. It has served the parish ever since.

History of  St. Ambrose Church

Saturdays 5:00 pm

Sundays 9:00 am and 11:00 am

Daily Mass Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am,

Thursday at 9am is children's mass followed by adoration

Confessions on Saturday from 4-4:30pm or by appointment

First Friday Devotion and Adoration each first Friday of the month at 6pm

Children's Adoration is 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 10am

Holy Week Schedule




5pm Saturday Mass - Practice before Mass at 4pm

9am Sunday - Practice after Mass at 10am

11am Sunday - Practice before Mass at 10am

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Located in west central St. Johns County just 6 miles west of I-95 and about 10 miles west of

St. Augustine.

6070 Church Road

Elkton, FL 32033

(904) 692-1366

Fax: (904) 692-1136