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St Jude Thaddaeus - October 28 Painting by Anthonis_van_Dyck

Saint Jude Thaddaeus

Apostle, Martyr

(1st Century – Around 65)

“Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?(John 14:22)

Saint Jude Thaddaeus, asking Jesus at the Last Supper

Saint’s Life Story

His Early Life 

Jude was born in the first century in Galilee, Isreal. His father was Cleophas, who died a martyr and his mother, Mary, stood at the foot of the cross. Jude’s brother was Saint James the Less. He is also said to be a cousin of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Apostle of Jesus

Jude is mentioned seldom in the four Gospels. He was the apostle who asked the Lord at the Last Supper “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” (John 14:22) Jesus responded “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love and we will come to him and make our dwelling in him.’ (John 14:23).

Preacher Spreading the Gospel

After Christ’s ascension, Jude traveled throughout the Middle-East showing his love of Christ through his preaching. Tradition holds that he made it as far east as Persia and as far west as Libya. Jude was one of the early Christians who stood against the Simonian, Nicolaite, and Gnostic heresies. He was not just a follower of Christ. Jude was a great preacher who risked his life to spread the Gospel.

Healer and Author

Jude is remembered as a Healer and Exorcist, who could exorcise pagan idols, causing the demons to flee and the statues to crumble. Jude wrote a short epistle that exhorted the early Christians to remain faithful and persevere so as to be able to stand in the presence of God, “blameless with great joy.”

According to Eusebius, Jude returned to Jerusalem in the year 62 and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem. Saint Simon joined Jude preaching in Persia. Jude was martyred around 65 AD in modern day Bierut, Lebanon with Saint Simon.  Jude is often depicted showing a club or axe, symbolising the way he died – beaten to death with a club. Jude was then beheaded post-mortem in 1st century Persia. His relics reside at Saint Peter’s in Rome, at Rheims, and at Toulouse, France. Jude is also sometimes pictured with a flame above his head. This refers to the Pentecost, where he and the other apostles received the Holy Spirit.

Often Condused with Judas Iscariot 

Jude (or Judas) was often confused with his evil contemporary. Since Judas Iscariot was so despised and ignored, and since he shared a name with the good Jude, a tradition gathered over the centuries of petitioning today’s saint only when all other saints had failed to answer one’s prayers. Saint Jude became the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes, then, probably because of the faithful’s reluctance to seek the intercession of one whose misfortune it was to share a name with Christ’s betrayer. Out of confusion or an abundance of caution, Saint Jude thus became a saint of last resort. When the dam was barely holding, when a pulse could no longer be felt, when the rains wouldn’t come, a candle was lit to Saint Jude, hoping against hope, that he would respond. 

Beatified:           Pre-Congregation

Canonized:        Pre-Congregation

Feast Day:         October 28

Patron Saint:    Desperate Situations, Lost Causes 



Most of us will not become celebrities. However, that does not make who we are and the work that we do any less important. Saint Simon was not as famous as the rest of the Twelve Apostles, but that didn’t mean that Jesus loved him any less. Take a few minutes to contemplate the fact that, even though you may never be famous, Jesus still loves you and is calling you to great things.

Source: Sts. Simon and Jude (1st century) | Saint Mary’s Press (


O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr,
great in virtue and in miracles,
faithful intercessor of all who invoke
Your special help in time of need.
To You I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly request assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return, I promise to make Your name known and cause You to be invoked.
Saint Jude, Pray for us.  Amen.


Source: Prayer to St. Jude | Missionary Society of St. Columban US

Saint Links 

Aleteia – My St. Jude miracle: My name is no longer “hopeless cause”

AnaStpaul – Feast of the Apostles – Sts Simon and Jude – 28 October – Rev. Alban Butler. Volume X: October. The Lives of the Saints. 1866. October 28 St. Jude, Apostle

Catholic Culture – Sts. Simon and Jude

Catholic Exchange – The Powerful Faith and Intercession of St. Jude

Catholic Fire – Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles and Martyrs

Catholic Ireland – Oct 28 – Sts Simon and Jude (1st century) apostles

Catholic News Agency – St. Jude Thaddeus and St. Simon the Zealot, Apostles Feast Day: Oct 28

CatholicSaint.Info – Saint Jude Thaddaeus

Loyola Press – Saints Simon and Jude Feast Day October 28

My Catholic Life – Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Newman Ministry – Saint Jude Thaddaeus

Saints, Feast, Family – St. Jude Thaddaeus’ Story

Saint Mary’s Press – Sts. Simon and Jude (1st century)

Saint of the Day – October 28 Saint Jude Thaddaeus

uCatholic – Saint Jude Thaddaeus, Apostle

Wikipedia – Jude the Apostle

Video Link

St. Jude Thaddaeus – YouTube (Catholic Online)