Did you know that the Claretians brought the Saint Jude devotion to the US?
In sum, when nobody wanted to tend to the pastoral needs of the Mexican immigrants in the early 1900’s in Chicago, the Claretians came from Texas to serve them. Yet, these people were not allowed to worship in other Chicago churches. The first Masses in Spanish were celebrated outside a train caboose.
The community, inspired by the Claretian Missionaries, did recourse to St. Jude’s help to build a church and promised that they would build up a National Shrine in his honor.
And so it happened…
The National Shrine of Saint Jude was erected and since then, myriads of people have come for prayer, consolation and also to give thanks for all the intercessions and favors received. A first class relic is exposed at the Shrine, which is a beacon of hope for people all over the world.
This could not have happened without the Claretians.
You are always welcome to visit the Shrine. Give us a call and we will be happy to show you around. You can make a pilgrimage, come and pray and be in awe at the faith of the People of God.
Moreover, as a Claretian, you will accompany people through the path of hope and consolation by being part of the League of Saint Jude, from which countless miracles, ministries and missionaries have emerged.
Saint Jude, pray for us! Saint Anthony Claret, pray for us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Blessed Claretian Martyrs, pray for us!