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St Jude's Shrine

Societies of Prayer at Faversham

There are a number of 'Societies of Prayer' at the Shrine of Saint Jude at Faversham through which supporters of the Carmelites can have their prayer intentions remembered by the friars. These include:

  • The Society of the Infant Jesus
  • The Society of the Little Flower
  • The Holy Souls Society (Altar List of the Dead)


The statue of the 'Infant Jesus of Prague' at Faversham.

The Society of the Infant Jesus & The Society of the Little Flower
Before the Second World War, the Prior of the Carmelite friars at Faversham, Fr. Elias Lynch, O.Carm., established two 'Societies of Prayer', namely The Society of The Little Flower in honour of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, and The Society of the Infant Jesus of Prague.


These Societies continue to exist and are a very popular way for people to express their faith, participate in our Carmelite devotions, and support our ministry of service to God's people.

Members of each Society are enrolled for a year, during which time a Mass is celebrated every month for their spiritual and temporal welfare. Members each receive a novena prayer card of the appropriate Society. It is possible to enrol yourself and others in either or both Societies, and whilst there is no set fee, a donation of one pound (or more) per person is suggested. This money supports the Carmelite brothers and our work to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in Britain and beyond.

The Society of the Infant Jesus is affiliated to the Shrine of the Infant Jesus cared for by our Discalced Carmelite brothers in the Czech capital of Prague, where the original statue of the Infant Jesus has been revered since the 17th century. The Society of the Little Flower at Faversham is distinct from the Society of the Little Flower which is based in Horsham and operated by the Curia of the Carmelite Order.

You might like to consider enrolling yourself, family or friends in one or both of the Societies of Prayer at Faversham. If you would like to enrol yourself and/or others, please send a list of names and addresses, along with your donation (by cheque made payable to Carmelite Friars) to:

Carmelite Friars
P.O. Box 140
Kent
ME20 7SJ
United Kingdom



The image of Saint Thérèse in the parish church
served by the Carmelite friars at Faversham.


The Holy Souls Society (Altar List of the Dead)
Another way in which people's prayer intentions are remembered by the Carmelite friars in Faversham is through what is known as the Altar List of the Dead.

With our Autumn Newsletter we send out a leaflet on which our supporters can list deceased family and friends who are remembered in a daily Mass celebrated at Faversham. This bond of love between the living and their deceased loved-ones is particularly popular during the month of November, when Catholic Christians pray in a special way for the departed. To download the Holy Souls Society leaflet (in PDF format) please click here.