St. Louis, Mo., Oct 28, 2022 / 18:00 pm
Oct. 28 marks the feast day of Sts. Simon and Jude, early followers of Christ who according to tradition both died as martyrs while spreading the faith together in Persia.
The apostle Jude, who is also identified in the Gospels by the name Thaddeus, preached the Gospel in many areas of the ancient world after being sent out by Jesus — in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia.
Jude is identified as the brother of another apostle, James the Lesser, and thus is also a close relative of Jesus, likely a cousin. The name “Thaddeus” may have been given to him to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot, the traitor of Jesus.
Because of his endurance through adversity, St. Jude is, among other things, the patron saint of hopeless causes.