The National Shrine of Saint Jude
The National Shrine of Saint Jude, based on Tanners Street in Faversham has celebrated sixty-one years of existence this year. In addition, the Carmelites (who serve the Parish and Shrine) are celebrating 90 years since their arrival in Faversham.
Saint Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles appointed by Jesus to lead his Church. He is sometimes identified with Jude, referred to in the Bible as "brother" or "kinsman" of Jesus (Luke 6:16; Mark 6:3; Matthew 13:55-57).
The National Shrine of Saint Jude is based in Faversham, and is an annex to the parish church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The development of the parish into a centre of devotion to Saint Jude arose out of the work of the Carmelite Press. The Press printed a newsletter, Carmelite News, which kept supporters of the friars in touch with their developments at Faversham and across the country. Carmelite News became an important communication link between the Order and its supporters.
In the early 1950s Fr. Elias received an increasing number of requests from readers of Carmelite News for prayer cards of St. Jude. Having distributed such a card, donations to "The Shrine of St. Jude" and requests for prayers started flooding in. Such a shrine did not exist, but perceiving the need Fr. Elias quickly developed a place of prayer and devotion to the Apostle Jude alongside the parish church in Faversham.
On 28th October 1955, the Bishop of Southwark Cyril Cowderoy, assisted by the Prior General of the Carmelite Order, the Prior of Aylesford, and many other priests and religious, dedicated the Shrine of St Jude. Bishop Cyril described the shrine as "a jewel for the diocese". On 28 October 2015 we celebrated our diamond jubilee with the Archbishop of Southwark; the Prior Provincial, Fr Tony Lester, O.Carm; the then Mayor of Faversham, Mr Nigel Kay; the present Mayor, Mrs Sheil Campbell; Mr Jonathan Neame, Deputy Lieutenant for Kent, plus many other VIPs.
The National Shrine of Saint Jude continues to distribute this newsletter three or four times a year to friends of the Carmelite Family in Britain and abroad. If anyone would like to receive a copy of the newsletter, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shrine also has venue space available for rent in our Welcome Center (two rooms) and a number of local businesses and societies rent from the Shrine each week. Further information via email@example.com
The Shrine is open every day and we welcome all people. Though rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, we welcome pilgrims of different Christian denominations and other faiths.
Meet the Team:
(Left to right) Fr. Brendan Grady, O.Carm (Chaplain to the Shrine); Mrs Rachael Crockett (Financial and Administrative Assistant); Mr Kevin Bellman (Shrine and Office Assistant); Fr Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm (Prior General); and Mr Matt Betts (Development Manager)
More information can be found on our website: www.stjudeshrine.org.uk
Development Manager – National Shrine of Saint Jude