Saint Jude, known as Thaddeus, was the brother of Saint James the Less and relative of Jesus Christ. Ancient writers tell us that he preached the gospel in Judea, Samaria and Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia and Lybia. According to Eusebius he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62 and assisted at the election of his brother, Simeon, as bishop of Jerusalem. He is the author of an epistle of the church of the east, particular Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites and Gnostics. This Apostile is said to have suffered martyrdom in Armenia, with was then subject to persia. (Armenia didn't become Christian until the 3rd century.)
We turn to Saint Jude in times of need and for serious or seemingly hopeless causes, including depression, grieving, unemployment, and illness, and ask for his divine intercession.
In accordance with his surname, Thaddeus (which means generous, courageous, kind), Our Lord said, “He will show himself most willing to give help.”
Saint Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand. This represents the imprint of the Divine Countenance that was entrusted to him by Jesus. We are confident that our invocation of our most powerful patron, Saint Jude, lifts our petitions to the God who always loves us.