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Reconnecting with Mildmay's origins at St Jude's, Islington

St Jude's Church sign

You may know that Mildmay’s origins stretch back to the mid-1860s and the work carried out by the Reverend William Pennefather - the vicar of St Judes, and his wife Catherine.

St Judes Church. Photo by Stephen McKay
St Judes Church, Islington

St Judes, which was located in Mildmay Park, Islington, was a lively Victorian church of over 1,000 people. William developed a number of projects known collectively as Mildmay Institutions, providing spiritual guidance and care for the sick.

Teri Milewska beneath William Pennefather's plaque in St Judes Church
Teri Milewska beneath William Pennefather's plaque in St Judes Church

Our Registered and Compliance Manager, Teri, WhatsApped this message yesterday: "What a morning!! Remember I told you my crazy story about St Jude's Church and my inspiration for the homeless project? Well, I finally decided to go to a service at St Jude's this morning. As soon as I told them where I work, they invited me to speak at the pulpit, and I found myself telling the whole congregation about Mildmay and everything we have been through in the last 3 years... and St Jude!

It was completely spontaneous and afterwards, so many people came up to me and said they were so inspired and want to support Mildmay!! The church coincidentally also does work with homeless people and wants to build on links with us. It's so exciting!!"

It's only right that Mildmay reconnects with the place of its origin, and the possibility for new collaborations (and for gaining new supporters of our charity) is an amazing opportunity.



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