Thursday, 6 September 2018

Saint Jude Autumn newsletter - now available

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Carmelite News is now available to all our online friends.

Carmelite News is available to view via a system called Page Tiger. You do not need special software for the online magazine and you will be able to print all, or part of it, if you wish to do so. Page Tiger will allow you to read the newsletter as if it was printed.

The autumn issue has all relevant web links enabled so you can click to go directly to any site mentioned. Each newsletter can be read either as a two-page spread or as a single spread. It is also possible to zoom into each page.


Monday, 3 September 2018

Photo of the Month: Murals by Edward Ardizzone

The Visitation - Edward Ardizzone
The murals in the Sanctuary in the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (which is connected to the Shrine of Saint Jude) are by Edward Ardizzone.

This year has seen the updated TV programme Cavitations.  The original series of art programme of the same name was written and presented by Lord Kenneth Clark.  As the curator of the Imperial War Museum, Lord Clark commissioned Edward Ardizzone  (1900-1979), a well known artist and illustrator, as a war artist.  Ardizzone covered the Second War in Europe and North Africa.  He had the skill to tell a story in one picture.   He recorded humorous and tragic scenes alike with unparalleled sympathy.

He is best remembered as an illustrator of children’s books.  He wrote and illustrated Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain, in 1936, which was the first of twelve such children’s books to his credit.

At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Faversham the sanctuary is dominated by his two murals of the Presentation Our Lady in the Temple and the Visitation. The paintings were commissioned by Fr. Elias Lynch in 1952.  His fee was donated by Nadine McDougall, wife of Prince Andrew Romanoff, who was a member of the congregation.

The Presentation of Mary -  Edward Ardizzone
Ardizzone lived for many years at Rodmersham Green, which is a few miles from Faversham.  He frequently worshipped at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as did other members of his family.

We thank Edward Ardizzone for these beautiful murals.

by Fr Francis Kemsley, O.Carm

PS: Unfortunately, in May 2018, a storm caused massive damage to the suspended ceiling in the church. To rectify the damage and prevent further issues from occurring it has been suggested that the lime render should be completely removed and replaced. This will take a few months to sort out. Regrettably the church will be closed for the next few months. Please note that daily mass will be celebrated in the Infant of Prague chapel and weekend masses are being celebrated in the Welcome Centre. The Shrine of Saint Jude remains open. If you would like to donate to help with the costs you can do that via our online donation site below. Thank you.