Saint Jude was born into a Jewish family in Paneas, a town in the Galilee portion of ancient Palestine, the same region that Jesus grew up in. He speaks Greek and Aramaic, like many of his contemporaries in that area, and he was a farmer. He was a brother of St. James the Less, also one of the Apostles. His father was Clopas, brother of St. Joseph, and his mother Mary was a cousin of the Virgin Mary. This fact allows the conclusion that St. Jude was a contemporary of Jesus and most likely in roughly the same age group.
His own first name, “Jude”, means giver of joy, while the name “Thaddaeus” means sweetness and gentleness of character. He is not the traitor Judas Iscariot, and he faithfully followed Jesus until his crucifixion, and then later set out to evangelize. There are some biblical scholars that have stated St. Jude was the bridegroom at the Cana wedding, though this is not a proven fact.
Saint Jude had at least one child, and there are references to his grandchildren living as late as 95 A.D. He was then called to be one of Jesus 12 Apostles, and began preaching the Good News of Jesus to Jews throughout Galilee, Samaria, and Judea. Read More »