Thank You, St. Jude by Robert A. Orsi
Women`s Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes

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This prize-winning book tells the story of American women's devotion to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes, one of the most popular saints in the American Catholic pantheon. Robert Orsi examines St. Jude's rise from obscurity to national popularity; beginning in Chicago in 1929, and he shows how the daughters and granddaughters of Catholic immigrants called on the saint to help them make lives for themselves in the tumultuous years of depression, war, and changing workplaces and family lives.

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Robert A. Orsi is Professor of Religious Studies and History and G. Craddock Nagle Professor of Catholic Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of several prize-winning books, including The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880 1950 (third edition, 2010); Thank You, Saint Jude: Women's Devotions to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes (1996) and Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them (2005).
Published July 24, 1996 by Yale University Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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As devotion to saints go, the devotion to Saint Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes, is relatively recent.

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