St. Jude’s Home for Girls
Initially known as the Catholic Girl’s Reformatory, and at times the Girl’s Industrial School, this center for learning is immersed in religious and practical knowledge building, and has catered to the needs and care of local displaced girls for over a century. The school compound, located at #30 Belmont Circular Road, was initially proposed and brought into being through the concerted efforts of then-Governor Sir Henry Irving, and Archbishop Louis Joachim Gonin in 1978. Various sects of Catholic Sisterhoods have been responsible for managing the reformatory throughout the decades, starting with the Good Shepherd Sisters from France in1890. They were followed by the Dominican Sisters in 1903. Currently, the order of the Corpus Christi Sisters oversees all aspects of care and education of the residents. This school seeks always to build the minds, hearts, body and souls of girls, teaching them everything from basic proficiencies to vocational skills, to academic preparation for CXC training. St. Jude’s mission remains to work towards the total development of girls under their care.
NOTE: This venue is an active school compound, and place of security for children. It is advised that visitors must take the children’s wellbeing into consideration and call beforehand for clearance.