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 across these isles until all monasteries and priories 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.
Donations received by the Order 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. Finally, the Trust often responds to urgent appeals, such as the recent emergency need to help provide food, water, and shelter to survivors of the Turkey/Syria earthquake.
All of our friar communities remember our benefactors daily in our prayers. One of the most important donations you can make to our ministry is the support of your prayers.
If you are able to support us financially, it is possible to donate in three ways:
Send a donation in the post
If you wish to donate to the Carmelites by cheque – payable to Carmelite Friars – you can write to:
Very Rev. Father Provincial, O.Carm., c/o Saint Jude Shrine Office, 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.
Other ways to help us
There are so many other ways to help us, please visit the Saint Jude website for more information. Thank you.