The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude offers hope to the downhearted and desperate. Staffed by the Order of Preachers, perhaps better known as Dominican Friars, the Shrine opened in 1929 under the personal devotion of its founder, Fr. William Marchant O.P., at that time pastor of St. Pius V Parish in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The Shrine remains there today, where it ministers to pilgrims from far and wide, both in personal visits as well as though the internet. The friars care for the largest relic of an Apostle outside of Europe on display at the Shrine, answer countless letters requesting prayers, and welcome faithful pilgrim visits every day. A friar celebrates the Novena Mass of St. Jude nearly every Thursday of the year as well while conducting missions throughout the United States.