Planned Giving

The National Shrine of St. Jude Planned Giving Office

We have a skilled Planned Giving team ready to assist you as you consider ways to provide spiritual and financial support to the National Shrine of St. Jude/Claretians.

If you want to partner more closely with the National Shrine of St. Jude through a planned or major gift, please contact our Planned Giving Office at 800-237-7783 or email You will appreciate their understanding of these matters and their sensitivity to your wishes and privacy.

The National Shrine of St. Jude is the original shrine of devotion to St. Jude in North America. Claretian Fr. James Tort founded the National Shrine of St. Jude in 1929 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Chicago. Today the Shrine receives petitions of need and gratitude from thousands of St. Jude devotees each year. These special intentions are delivered to the altar of St. Jude at the National Shrine, where the Claretians remember them in their Masses and prayers.

The St. Jude League, also founded in 1929, is the organization that provides support operations for several U.S. Claretian Ministries, including the National Shrine of St. Jude. The mission of the St. Jude League is the development of robust business and ministry support for the Claretian ministries cited below. This includes growing the financial base to fund and the talent base to support and expand the powerful ministries of hope, justice, education, social service, violence prevention, and development in the communities the Claretians serve.

The Claretians, founded in Spain in 1849 by St. Anthony Claret, are a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brothers dedicated to seeing the world through the eyes of the poor, and to improving the world while living and serving in these same communities. Our primary ministries in the U.S. include:

  • fostering and maintaining a devotion to St. Jude, the patron saint of hope.
  • publishing periodicals and materials with a "faith in real life" perspective for Catholics in the U.S. today.
  • promoting social justice and community development programs within high-poverty, urban and Hispanic communities.
  • serving the needs of youth and young adult ministry.