Unraveling the Mystery of St. Jude’s Chapel of Hope

Do you like to solve mysteries? Are you intrigued by things that can’t be seen…only felt? Do you agree with the quotation: “Faith is taking the first step… even when you don’t see the whole staircase?” If you have answered “Yes” to these questions, then welcome to Becky’s Blog!

It is a “leap of faith” for me (with inconspicuous computer skills) to attempt this project but my heart and soul are leading me into this unfamiliar frontier and they won’t rest until it is done. So all misgivings aside, this spiritual journey is about to begin, hopefully, with your help.

I am also hoping that Saint Jude, the saint to call upon when all other avenues are closed, will help guide me throughout this odyssey.

Before we go any further, let me introduce myself. My name is Becky Dingle and I live in Summerville, South Carolina. I am not as young as I used to be, but not as old as I hope to be. Teaching and storytelling are my passions. It is the storyteller in me that made me realize (when I visited St. Jude’s Chapel of Hope last week) that a culmination of untold stories were resting on the altar in the form of trinkets left behind by visitors to the chapel…a virtual treasure chest of endless possibilities. Who left a baseball, an empty carton of cigarettes, a baby’s pacifier, a rubric, a picture, a note, a necklace, a flower, and a letter? (Among hundreds of other trinkets)… But more importantly- why did they leave it?

A Native-American proverb says: “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.” This is where you, dear reader, come in! I need you to share your story. If you have been to St. Jude’s Chapel of Hope in Trust, North Carolina and left one of the hundreds of trinkets on the altar…then your story is needed.

  1. What brought you to the chapel and when? (How did you hear about it or did you just happen upon it?)
  2. Did you leave a memento behind and if so, what was it, and why did you choose it?
  3. Did this experience change you in anyway or open you up to new possibilities?

It is my plan to read each story submitted and then compile them for a possible future book publication as a tribute to Beverly Barutio’s legacy of hope. It is Beverly who is responsible for constructing the little chapel that is open everyday to everyone who believes in miracles and even perhaps, a little pixie dust.

In my next entry, I will start this quest by sharing my story and my personal experience at this little chapel of hope. I will also share the history or as Paul Harvey would have said, “The story behind the story” of Beverly Barutio and the creation of St. Jude’s Chapel of Hope.

Until then…dear reader…help spread the news that stories are needed and hope is alive and well when we have “trust”… or at least know where to find it. The possibilities are endless!

2 Responses to About

  1. Mollie Ledford says:

    Hi. I have been going to this little chapel for about 7 years now. I was taken there my first time by my sister who lived in the area. My husband and I planned to have our wedding there 3/15/09, but due to rain we had to move it. We were married at the Flats Church on 209 instead. I have always regretted that we couldn’t have it there. Hopefully we will be able to renew our vows there someday. I go up there often to photograph it. It is one of my most favorite spots to photograph. Please let me know if you would like to see any of my pictures. I would love to share them with you.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Mollie…how kind of you….I only get a couple of times a year at best since I live outside Charleston, SC…pretty long ride…so I would certainly love to see any pictures you have and with your permission share them with my blog readers.

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