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The Carmelite Friars are an international Catholic religious order, founded in the early thirteenth century on Mount Carmel, Palestine. The Carmelites first came to Britain in 1242 and were based all across these isles until they were dissolved by King Henry VIII at the Reformation in the 1530s. In the twentieth century, the Carmelites returned to England after 400 years, first to Faversham and then to Aylesford Priory.
 
Today, the Carmelites main purpose is to work with the people of God through prayer, fraternity and service; it works alongside all people of faith and goodwill, which is done through traditional Christian ministry and by being available to those who are often at the edges of Church and society. The Trust serves the community throughout Britain: directing a large retreat centre, running parishes, working in prisons and hospitals, and running the Shrine of Saint Jude. It also supports Carmelite communities across the world, but particularly in Colombia, East Timor and Kenya.
 
Since 1955, donations received at the Shrine of Saint Jude have enabled the charity to support the presence and ministries of the Carmelite Friars in Great Britain and worldwide, including the training of new friars. Read our Supporter Promise, here and the latest newsletter updating friends of Saint Jude on how their donations are helping, here.
 
Please remember us when you pray. May God, who is never outdone in generosity, through the intercession of Saint Jude, bless you for your kindness. Thank you. 
 
If you wish to help support our valuable work then you can donate in a number of ways:
 
Donation online
Please click on the button below to donate. Thank you.

Donate by Post
You can send a donation - cheques / postal orders made payable to The Carmelites - direct to the Shrine and send to: Carmelite Friars, PO Box 289, FAVERSHAM, Kent, ME13 3BZ. If you are a UK tax-payer you can make your donation go further by completing and sending us a Gift Aid declaration. Thank you.

Donate by Phone
Donate to the Shrine over the phone by calling us on 01795 539214, or from outside the UK call + 44 1795 539214. Our lines are open Monday - Friday 8.30am – 5pm. Nic, Sarah, Fed and Matt are all available to answer your call.

Donate by Standing Order
You can download a form here, and send to: Carmelite Friars, PO Box 289, FAVERSHAM, Kent, ME13 3BZ. If you are a UK tax-payer you can make your donation go further by completing and sending us a Gift Aid declaration. Thank you.

Donate as you shop at our Online Shop

Our shop includes various religious items - medals; prayer cards; books; rosaries; statues & much more - Saint Jude, but lots of other areas too.