St. Jude is the Patron Saint of Hope and one of Jesus’ twelve Apostles. He preached the teachings of Jesus with great passion, often in extremely difficult circumstances. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, he made profound differences in people’s lives as he offered them the Word of God.
The Claretian Missionaries came to Chicago in 1924, established the National Shrine of St. Jude in their Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, and began the St. Jude League in 1929 to foster devotion to this Apostle. The devotion to St. Jude remains a national ministry of hope and devotion today, nine decades after the Claretians began this ministry. It is a virtual parish of over 440,000 active devotees (via mail and web) who live in all 50 states, and in 126 countries in addition to the United States. The outreach to the devotees spans through print, web, and a very active social media network. We make sure that every one of the devotees knows they are not alone, that they are very much loved by God as His children, and that they can connect with us in writing (mail and email) and even by phone. Sometimes all they want is someone to pray with them over the phone so they are not always praying alone.
The National Shrine of St. Jude is participating in #GivingTuesday by promoting it through our social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest), and email.
Any donation allows the Claretians to spread devotion and hope of St. Jude in more than 60 countries. The Claretian mission is to minister among those in need to provide healthcare, housing, spiritual guidance for families and youths—and to pass on a living faith to future generations.
The Claretians will continue to remember you in our prayers, and we ask that you pray for us, too. Thank you for your continued support and steadfast devotion to the Patron Saint of Hope.