St. Jude’s Church is located in the Civil Lines of Jhansi, which is a famous tourist destination for Catholic Christians. The devotion to St. Jude Thaddaeus, was practically unknown in India, and it was the late Bishop F. X. Fenech who started it in Jhansi, which was a Prefecture Apostolic in those days. It was not easy to do especially during the World War II, but Bishop Fenech was a man of great faith, he made a promise to St. Jude that if he helped him, he would build a Shrine in Jhansi in his honour. He made use of the media available, publishing his intention in the Catholic Herald of England, in the Indian Catholic Newspaper – The Examiner and so on.
The late Bishop F. X. Fenech was the first person who, together with his co-religionists, started praying in this church. Catholic devotees come here from far and near, and express their reverence towards this great saint.
A festival is also celebrated every year for a week. This day is celebrated as St. Jude’s festival. This religious place, made up of Christian and Hindu architectural styles, attracts not only Christians but also people of other religions.
How to Reach:
At 103 km from Jhansi, Gwalior is the nearest airport. Delhi is the closest international airport, 321 km from Jhansi.
Jhansi is an important railhead on the Delhi-Chennai route. Most major cities in the country like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Agra, Bhopal, Gwalior, etc. are connected to Jhansi by rail.
Jhansi is well connected by road to many major cities in the country. Cities like Agra, Khajurao, Delhi, Kanpur, Lucknow, etc. are easily accessible from Jhansi by road.