by Fr. Michail Ford, O.P.
Spiritual Director, Dominican Shrine of St. Jude
What Are the Ministries of St. Jude?
The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude has helped people grow in their faith and find hope through intercessory prayer since 1929. In its 86-year history in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, hundreds of thousands of people have visited the Shrine inside St. Pius V Catholic Church and attended our Solemn Novenas, as well as weekly Masses. The Shrine itself may be a destination for devout visitors worldwide, but the Dominicans also provide a wide range of outbound educational and spiritual programs for parishes, schools, and other Catholic groups to bring St. Jude’s message of hope to God’s people. We call these programs the Ministries of St. Jude.
Is Devotion to St. Jude Still Relevant?
The Apostle St. Jude Thaddeus was sent by our Lord Jesus to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world. In recent decades, many of our Catholic brothers and sisters were not taught about our patron saint or our life-giving, traditional devotions. Many don’t know why we ask our great saints to pray with us and for us, or why we venerate their remains in the form of relics. Yet we all still find ourselves in need of hope. Where there’s prayer, there’s hope, and these devotional practices are just as relevant today.
What Ministries Do The Dominicans Offer from The Shrine Of St. Jude?
- Mass with a blessing of St. Jude Oil
- Full nine-day St. Jude Novenas
- St. Jude 3-day and 1-day Missions
- Retreats, Workshops, Lectures
- • Catholic Spirituality
- • Catholic Devotions including the veneration of relics
Catholic prayer for:
- CCD classes
- Home School classes
- Catholic schools (elementary and secondary)
- College and University Catholic Centers
We ask participating parishes or organizations to take up a collection to support the Ministries of St. Jude. The proceeds from these programs fund our outreach to schools and other student groups. The Ministries of St. Jude make it possible for the Dominicans to reach future generations of Catholics and deepen their faith wherever they are.
Why Support The Ministries of The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus?
Put simply, your gift to the Ministries of the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus spreads the Word of God through the Dominican friars, longtime caretakers and ministers of these ministries.
Your gift allows the friars to maintain the Shrine itself at St. Pius V Catholic Church in the historic Pilsen section of Chicago. Every day, visitors bring their cares and concerns to our Patron St. Jude Thaddeus when they visit the Shrine. Every Thursday, devotees of this Apostle, Martyr, and Saint gather in prayer at the Shrine to celebrate Mass, reflect on the preaching of one of our friars, and say the Rosary on behalf of all who have asked for the intercession of St. Jude. They pray to bring hope to often difficult situations, whether sickness, financial or marital difficulties, work challenges, family strife, or so much more. Where there is prayer, there is hope!
Your gift also allows the friars to preach the Word in contemporary society, through the internet where they reach a worldwide audience, in parishes across the United States where the healing power of prayer touches thousands, or in classrooms where young children and young adults often experience the traditions of intercessory prayer and Catholic relics for the first time.
Lastly, your gift allows the Dominican Friars of the Central Province to form the next generation of friars and care for friars who have served for decades and can no longer serve for reasons of age and health. The Central Province annually invests well over $1 million in its formation and senior care programs. And, we are growing. The Central Province relies substantially on donors to the Shrine to fund this investment.
Our promise to you: Your gift, whether a current gift or a gift through your Estate, allows the Dominican friars of the Central Province to answer that question posed by St. Paul in his letter to the Romans.
“How can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can they preach unless they are sent?”– Romans 10:14
For more information on the Ministries, or the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude, visit www.The-Shrine.org or call 312.226.0020.