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Pilgrimage of Hope and Healing:
Visit of the Arm Relic of St. Jude Thaddeus

Relic of St. Jude Veneration and Prayer Service hosted by St. Pius V Catholic Church and Aquinas Institute of Theology.

(Chicago, IL February 14, 2012) The Dominican friars invite Catholics and all faith-filled women and men in St. Louis and its neighboring communities to a mass in the presence of the relic of St. Jude Thaddeus at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 3310 S. Grand Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118 at 7pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. There will also be a prayer service with veneration of the relic of St. Jude at Aquinas Institute of Theology, 23 South Spring Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109 at 1pm on Thursday, February 28.


What Is the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus and Who Is He?
The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus has been a source of prayer, comfort and healing to Catholics and all people of faith around the world since its founding in 1929. Housed at St. Pius V Catholic Church amidst the shadows of Chicago’s bustling downtown, the Shrine attracts daily visitors in person and on line. The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus is one of the few Churches in the world to have any Relic of St. Jude, the Apostle.

The New Testament provides little information about this close relative of Jesus, apostle, martyr and saint. Luke's Gospel includes Jude in the list of the 12 apostles and John’s Gospel mentions him. The Gospels of Matthew and Mark use the name Thaddeus without Jude, perhaps inspiring Catholic scripture scholars to hold Jude and Thaddeus as the same person.
Although post-biblical traditions have described parts of his ministry, no reliable documentation exists to support those details. Among many, one tradition relates that St. Jude traveled throughout Mesopotamia preaching the Good News of God's love. A letter, the penultimate book of the Bible, is attributed to him. According to another tradition, St. Jude was martyred and his body later placed in a crypt in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

It is uncertain how devotion to St. Jude as the patron of difficult or hopeless cases began. Confusion between St. Jude and Judas Iscariot may have discouraged devotion to the former for centuries. Although there seems to have been devotion to St. Jude Thaddeus in the Middle Ages, it was not until more recent times the devotion became widely popular.

Devotion to this Apostle continues today, drawing hundreds five times a year to the traditional Novena of St. Jude Thaddeus at St. Pius V, at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in suburban Chicago, and now at sites across the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great, including St. Paul Catholic Center at Indiana University. These faith-filled people gather in prayer on behalf of others and for their own needs. Recitation of the Rosary, prayers to St. Jude, celebration of the Eucharist, and a special blessing of the Oil of St. Jude make up the central parts of the nine-day Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus. The last day of the Novena is marked by the exposition of a substantial Relic of St. Jude, said to be the largest relic of an Apostle outside Rome and includes a Mass of Healing.

The Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus is a ministry of the Dominican friars, Province of St. Albert the Great.

History Of The Relic Of St. Jude Thaddeus, Apostle And Patron Saint Of Hopeless Cases

After he was martyred, it is believed the body of St. Jude Thaddeus was buried temporarily in Mesopotamia and later given permanent interment in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with the other Apostles. At some point, his forearm was encased in a silver reliquary and located for many centuries in Armenia. At the beginning of the 18th century, Armenian Dominican missionaries fled their country in the face of religious persecution and brought the relic to Smyrna, Turkey.

The relic was then given to the Provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Peter Martyr in Turin, Italy. In 1949, the relic was presented to the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great for permanent display and veneration at the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus at St. Pius V Church in Chicago, where regular Novenas drew crowds of faithful and had since its founding at the start of the Great Depression. This devotion, once the response to the deep faith of a single Dominican continues today among the thousands who pray for the intercession of St. Jude Thaddeus at the Shrine, on line, and during Novenas.


Dominican friars, officially called the Order of Preachers, were founded nearly 800 years ago by St. Dominic. The Order of Preachers is a worldwide communion of men and women dedicated to serving the people of God through Prayer, Study, Service and Community, bound together by a singular devotion to preaching the good news of Jesus Christ.
The provincial headquarters of the Dominican Friars, Province of St. Albert the Great, are located in Chicago, Illinois. Otherwise known as the Central Province, with nearly 200 members, these men minister primarily in the Midwest, but their work extends throughout the world. Ministries span from teaching to parish work to campus ministry, but all entail preaching. These ministries can be found from Albuquerque to Detroit, from St. Louis to Minneapolis, then on to Bolivia, France, Switzerland, Rome, Nigeria and Kenya.

The mission of this Province and every Dominican is preaching. The Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Albert the Great communicate the word of God through preaching, theological education and the promotion of justice and peace. This mission in the body of Christ demands a vowed community life, liturgical prayer and life-long study.

Bob Dixon
Rev. Paul Whittington, O.P.
The Dominican Friars
Province of St. Albert the Great
2005 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone 312-243-0011
Cell 847-372-1583



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