St. Jude is the Patron Saint of Hope and one of Jesus’ twelve Apostles. He preached the Gospel with great passion, often in the most 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 Claretians came to Chicago in 1925, built a new church to establish Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and the National Shrine of St. Jude, and began the St. Jude League in 1929 to foster devotion to this Apostle. The St. Jude League provides the path for petitions of need and gratitude to be delivered directly to the altar of St. Jude at the National Shrine. Each week we place the people’s intentions at the altar and pray for their petitions in our Masses.