The historic arm relic of St. Jude Thaddeus, said to be the largest relic of an apostle kept outside of Rome, travelled to New Mexico in February. Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P., Spiritual Director of the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude, accompanied the Relic. The Dominican friars of the University of New Mexico invited Catholics and all faith-filled women and men in Albuquerque and its neighboring communities to a Liturgy of the Word Service in the presence of the Relic of St. Jude Thaddeus at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, at the University of New Mexico on February 20 and February 21. There was also a healing service with veneration of the relic of St. Jude on February 22. The St. Thomas Newman Center is a ministry of the Dominican Friars, Province of St. Albert the Great.
The relic then travelled to St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Albuquerque, where Fr. John C. Daniel and the faithful of his parish welcomed Fr. Paul. Fr. Paul concelebrated six masses at the parish over the weekend of February 23rd and 24th with the arm relic present and available to all in attendance. A healing service with veneration of the relic followed on Sunday, February 24, and over 500 people attended.
After returning to Chicago, Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P., remarked, “I am especially grateful to all who participated in this remarkable visit of the arm relic to the Southwest. The crowds were nearly overwhelming at times, certainly suggesting to me that this ritual of prayer and hope brings meaning to more people than many might believe.
I have now had the opportunity to bring this historic relic to Denver, Bloomington and West Lafayette in Indiana, as well as New Mexico, and, most recently, to our Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Pius V Parish, and St. Dominic Priory -all in St. Louis. When added to our regular schedule of Novenas in Chicago, our patron Saint, Apostle, and Martyr has touched several thousand over the past 9 months. I am so pleased to be a part of this remarkable and humbling display of faith.”