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Thank You, St. Jude: Women`s Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes [Paperback]

By Robert A. Orsi (Author)
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The prize-winning story of American women's devotion to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes. Robert Orsi examines St. Jude's rise to national popularity, beginning in Chicago in 1929, when the daughters and granddaughters of Catholic immigrants called on the saint to help them during the tumultuous years of depression, war, and changing family lives. 14 illustrations.

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St Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes, is the most popular saint of the American Catholic laity, particularly among women. This study describes how the cult originated in 1929, traces the rise in Jude's popularity, and investigates the reasons for so many women turning to St Jude for help.

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Studio: Yale University Press
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.89" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 10, 1998
Publisher   Yale University Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0300076592  
ISBN13  9780300076592  

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Robert A. Orsi is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University and author of The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 and Thank You, St. Jude: Women's Devotions to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes. He has taught at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and at the Universita degli Studi di Roma and has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Orsi's books have been awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Prize of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (1985); the American Catholic Historical Association's John Gilmary Shea Prize (1986); and the Merle Curti Award in American Social History from the Organization of American Historians (1998).

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Wayne Ashley
David H. Brown
Karen McCarthy Brown
Madeline Duntley
Jack Kugelmass
Joseph Sciorra
Thomas A. Tweed
Joanne Punzo Waghorne
Diane Winston

Robert A. Orsi has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Religion in North America

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > General
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Roman Catholicism
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Saints
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > Church History
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Feminist
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > General
9Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Worship & Devotion > Prayerbooks

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Interesting stories behind a devotion  Nov 20, 2001
Orsi's book focuses on the human side of religion. In his book he gives a very interesting back stage view on what at a first glace seems to be a common and shared devotion - but in reality is a patchwork of ideas and practices of a very diverse group of people with very diverse histories, beliefs, desires and coping mechanisms. Orsi is a great storyteller. He tells not only the story of St. Jude (and his genesis in the depression years), but mostly of the people who venerate jude, and the unique stories behind their veneration. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is genuinely interested in people and religion and in the question of what people do with religion and what religion does with people!
Detailed history of St.Jude's popularity beginning in theUSA  Oct 22, 1998
This book offers the reader a detailed acccount of St.Jude's history and popularity in America. The author interviewed countless women in Chicago to learn of their common themes that brought them to honor St.Jude. As a devout friend of St.Jude I found this book to be fascinating.

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