Saint Jude Devotion

Honoring St. Jude the Apostle, the Claretians established the devotion in February 1929 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Chicago. Known as the Saint of “Hopeless Cases,” the devotion spread quickly throughout the United States and Latin America. The St. Jude League formed in June 1929 promoted devotion to the Saint and raised funds to care for the local Mexican community. In 1932, the St Jude League Police Branch provided a full time chaplaincy program to Chicago’s first responders. This rich collection traced how a devotion impacted a national audience and prompted different expressions of religious devotion on various levels.

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