Saint Jude Thaddeus

statues of Saint Jude Thaddeus, date and artist unknown; parish church of Saint Otto, Bamberg, Germany; photographed on 2 February 2016 by ermell; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Jude of James
  • Judas Thaddaeus
  • Lebbaeus
  • Jude, brother of Jesus
  • Lebai Sleeha



Son of Cleophas, who died a martyr, and Mary who stood at the foot of the Cross, and who annointed Christ’s body after death. Brother of Saint James the Lesser. Nephew of Mary and Joseph; blood relative of Jesus Christ, and reported to look a lot like him. May have been a fisherman. Apostle.

Wrote the canonical Epistle named for him. Preached in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia with Saint Simon. Healer. Exorcist. Could exorcise pagan idols, which caused the demons to flee and the statues to crumble.

His patronage of lost or impossible causes traditionally derives from confusion by many early Christians between Jude and the traitor Judas Iscariot; not understanding the difference between the names, they never prayed for Jude’s help, and devotion to him became something of a lost cause.



Name Meaning

  • sweetness or gentleness of character (Thaddeus)



Additional Information


Saint Jude, pray for us, and for all who invoke thy aid.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Jude Thaddeus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 March 2021. Web. 14 April 2021. <>