The National Shrine of Saint Jude, Apostle and Martyr, is served by the Carmelite friars at Faversham, in the southern English county of Kent. The shrine adjoins the parish church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, also served by the friars. It was founded in 1955.
Saint Jude is referred to in the Bible as one of Jesus' relatives and Apostles, and a letter often attributed to him is preserved as part of the New Testament. He is widely known amongst Catholics and other Christians as the "patron saint of desperate cases", and thousands of devotees worldwide attest to his powerful intercession with God.
Since the 1950s thousands of pilgrims have come to Faversham from all over the world to visit and pray at our little shrine to Saint Jude. It is not a large building, but it has become sacred with the prayers of the many pilgrims who have come here, and who tell movingly of their encounters with God and with one another.
We hope that this shop can help us in the spreading of the Gospel and will provide a sense of connectedness with the Shrine. Our shop includes a number of religious gifts and souvenirs connected to Saint Jude, but also to other important national saints and Carmelite saints.
All proceeds from this shop go towards the Shrine and the work of the Carmelites in Britain and worldwide.