Jude was the son of Cleophas. His Mother, Mary Cleophas was a relative
of our Lady who stood at the foot of the cross. St. Jude was related
to Jesus, therefore, through his father and mother as a cousin of our
Lord and the brother of James.
the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, St. Jude realised his vocation
and began preaching the Good News of Christ in Judaea and Samaria, Syria,
Mesopotamia and Libya.
He returned from these missions to Jerusalem in the year 62 AD and wrote
an epistle to all the Churches of the East in which he urged those whom
he had converted to strive for the faith. St. Jude was martyred in Persia
or Armenia, the records are unclear and his feast day is on 28th October.
He is often referred to as the patron saint
of difficult or hopeless cases and thousands daily pray to him when
all else has failed.