The Feast of Saint Jude celebrations will be taking place at the National Shrine of Saint Jude on 28 and 29 October 2017. This year, the Most Rev Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark will be in attendance on Sunday 29 October 2017.
On Saturday 28 October 2017, there will be three Masses with the blessing of oil and anointing at: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. These will be celebrated by the Prior Provincial of the Carmelites in Britain, Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm.
On Sunday 29 October 2017, there will be two Masses with the blessing of oil and anointing at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The 2.30pm Mass will be a very special one as it will be celebrated by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith and concelebrated by Father Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Carmelites.
After this special Mass, the Archbishop and Prior Provincial will then officially open the small meeting room (currently called Welcome Centre 2), and rename it the Brother Anthony McGreal room.
Brother Anthony McGreal, O.Carm assisted the founder, Father Elias Lynch, O.Carm in establishing the Shrine of Saint Jude and the work of the Carmelite Press. His work with Father Elias created the groundwork for this special place and so the Apostolate continues sixty-two years later. Brother Anthony's nephew, Father Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm will be in attendance for this special Mass and renaming of the room.
Father Kevin Alban, O.Carm, said: "It will be a truly joyous occasion and we are looking forward to seeing many friends of Saint Jude." Mr Matt Betts, Development Manager remarked: "The National Shrine of Saint Jude is proud of its past and we are pleased that we can honour one of our founders in this way. Everyone is very welcome to our weekend of celebrations."
The National Shrine of Saint Jude at Faversham in Kent, England, is served by the Carmelite Friars. A major centre of pilgrimage and prayer, it attracts thousands of pilgrims every year, especially around the feast of Saint Jude on 28th October. The development of Faversham 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. Carmelite News is still sent out every quarter and is written by the Prior Provincial (currently Father Kevin Alban, O. Carm). The work of Carmelite News and the Carmelite Press was supervised by the parish priest of Faversham, Father Elias Lynch, O.Carm., with the assistance of Brother Anthony McGreal, O.Carm.
- The British Province of Carmelites has some 25 communities of friars, sisters and lay people spread across England, Scotland and Wales. The Carmelites are one of the most ancient religious orders of the Roman Catholic Church, first arriving in Britain in 1242. The Order is engaged in many different forms of ministry, including work in parishes, retreat centres, prisons, ecumenical and interfaith projects, justice and peace promotion, publishing, counselling, teaching, and spiritual direction.
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