So much has happened in the world since Fr. Elias Lynch first founded the Shrine in 1955. After two years of a pandemic, concerns over global warming, and with the invasion of Ukraine, we are in times of uncertainty. HOWEVER - Saint Jude is always a friend to each of us and is the patron saint of hope. No other saint has the same appeal - Jude knew Jesus and was one of his closest friends; Jude is also a friend of ours. Many thousands of individuals have been involved with the Shrine of Saint Jude since its foundation: from friars and staff, past and present, to supporters of Saint Jude and the Carmelite Order, to the people of Faversham – all of whom have come here with an abundance of experiences, memories and hope. In recognition of everyone, we have created the Footprints of Hope: an exciting opportunity to preserve and echo the memories of those who have made Whitefriars, the Shrine and Faversham what it is today: a place for all, a place of hope. As part of the Footprints of Hope project, you will have the opportunity to have a name engraved on a brick which will be set on a new path from the Whitefriars Contemplative Gardens to the Garden of Hope (opened in 2021). Make your mark and remember your friends and loved ones. You can add your chosen name for just £30, or for two bricks for £50. People are limited to two bricks and to two lines of 16 characters per brick (32 characters in total). Your brick will be laid into our special path of hope as a lasting legacy, and your donation will support current and future projects for years to come.
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