History of Saint Jude Chapel


Saint Jude Chapel, located in the heart of downtown Dallas, for fifty years has been an oasis in the desert of big city business. Many a weary traveler finds in it a solemn refuge and wellspring of hope.

Dedicated on September 15, 1968, the chapel is the full realization of a dream nurtured in the loving hearts of Arthur C. Hughes and a few of his friends, for more than a quarter of a century. Entering the quiet chapel through the narthex, the impression is immediately drawn to a strikingly beautiful mosaic of the “Transfigured Christ”. The extended, open arms of the Transfigured Christ encourage the feeling of being welcomed by the Lord Himself.

Those using the facilities of Saint Jude Chapel are of all faiths, or of no faith… yet faith surely abides in the deep secret passages of the hearts of all who come to kneel before Christ, their King. They have known the healing balm of precious moments spent in silent meditation on the things of the spirit and have learned it is all important to their well-being.

Where there is faith, there abides hope; where there is hope, there is love; where there is love, there is peace; and where peace dwells, there God is also present. Faith, hope, love and peace abide within the walls of Saint Jude Chapel. 



The Mission of St. Jude chapel is to maintain a Catholic presence in downtown Dallas to serve the business community, the residents, and visitors with daily Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as well as a gift shop for religious articles and books. The chapel is dedicated to Saint Jude, patron of hopeless cases. People of all denominations are encouraged to use the chapel for prayer and meditation and to ask Saint Jude to intercede for them so that their spiritual needs can be met. 

“Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”
— G.K. Chesterton