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AIDS care-givers Aloysius Gonzaga
AIDS patients Aloysius Gonzaga, Peregrine Laziosi, Therese of Lisieux
Abandoned children Ivo of Kermartin, Jerome Emiliani
Abbeville, France Wulfram of Sens
Abdominal pains Erasmus (Elmo)
Abingdon, England Edmund Rich of Abingdon
Abortion, protection against Catherine of Sweden
Abruzzi region of Italy Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Academies, Roman Catholic Thomas Aquinas
Acadians, Cajuns Our Lady of the Assumption
Accountants Matthew
Accused (falsely) Raymond Nonnatus
Achaia Andrew, Apostle
Actors Genesius, Vitus
Advertisers, advertising Bernardine of Siena
Advocates Ivo of Kermartin
Africa, Central The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Africa, North Cyprian of Carthage
Africa, Southern Mary, on feast of her Assumption
African Catholic Youth Action Charles Lwanga
Against Mice, protection against Gertrude, Servatus, Ulric
Agirone, Sicily Philip of Agirone
Air crew Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, Belgian Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, French Mary, on feast of her Assumption
Air crew, Spanish Our Lady of Loreto
Air force, Argentinian Our Lady of Loreto
Air travelers Joseph of Cupertino
Airborne (Paratroopers) Michael the Archangel
Alabama USA Our Lady of the Gulf
Alaska USA Our Lady of the Kodiak and the Islands
Albania Mary, Mother of Good Counsel
Albi, France Cecilia
Alcala, Spain Justus and Pastor
Alcira, Valencia, Spain Bernard, Gracia, Mary
Alessandro, Italy Trifone
Alexandria, Egypt Cyril of Alexandria
Alexians Alexius
Alezio, Italy Our Lady of the Assumption
Algeria Cyprian of Carthage
Alpine troops Maurice
Alpinists Bernard of Montjoux (or Menthon)
Altar servers John Berchmans
Amalfi, Italy Andrew, Apostle
Ambassadors, Argentinian Gabriel the Archangel
American Indians, Native Americans Anthony of Padua
Americas Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rose of Lima
Ammunition/Ordnance /explosive workers Erasmus (Elmo)
Ancona, Italy Judas Cyriacus
Andalusia John of Avila
Anderlecht, Belgium Guy of Anderlecht
Andorran security forces Our Lady Help of Christians
Anesthetists Rene Goupil
Angola The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Animals Francis of Assisi, Nicholas of Tolentino
Animals, danger from Vitus
Animals, domestic Antony the Abbot
Antioch Barnabas
Antwerp, Belgium Walburga
Aosta, Italy Gratus of Aosta
Apologists Catherine of Alexandria, Justin Martyr, Thomas Aquinas
Apoplexy (Strokes) Andrew Avellino
Apostleship of Prayer Francis Xavier
Apothecaries Cosmas and Damian
Apprentices John Bosco
Aquila, Italy Maximus of Aquila
Arabia Our Lady of Arabia
Aragon, Spain Agathoclia, Braulio, George
Archaeologists Damasus
Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Missouri, USA Louis IX
Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, USA Francis of Assisi
Archdiocese of Tuam, Ireland Jarlath
Archers Sebastian
Architects Barbara, Thomas, Apostle
Architects, Italian Benedict, Abbot
Architects, Spanish Our Lady of Bethlehem
Argentina Our Lady of Lujan
Argentinian military chaplains Our Lady of Lujan
Arizona Our Lady of the Highways
Arkansas Our Lady of the Holy Souls
Armenia Bartholomew, Gregory the Illuminator
Armies Maurice
Arms dealers Adrian of Nicomedia
Army of the Andes Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Army, Argentinian Our Lady of Mercy
Army, Ecuadorian Our Lady of Mercy
Art Catherine of Bologna
Artillery Barbara
Artists Luke, Catherine of Bologna, Bl (Fra) Angelico
Artois region Isberga
Ascoli Piceno, Italy Emidius
Asia Minor John the Apostle
Assisi, Italy Francis of Assisi
Astronauts Joseph of Cupertino
Astronomers Dominic
Asylums (for the mentally ill) Dymphna
Athletes Sebastian
Augsburg Afra, Ulric
Australia Our Lady Help of Christians
Australian military chaplains Our Lady Help of Christians
Austria Joseph, Maurice, Coloman, Leopold, Florian
Authority, persons in Ferdinand III of Castile
Authors Francis de Sales
Avenay, Champagne, France Tressan of Mareuil
Aviators, aviation Our Lady of Loreto, Therese of Lisieux, Joseph of Cupertino
Avignon Agricola of Avignon, Benezet
Aynac, France Genistus
abuse victims Adelaide, Agostina Pietrantoni, Fabiola, Germaine Cousin, Godelieve, Jeanne de Lestonnac, Jeanne Marie de Maille, John Baptist de la Salle, Laura Vicuna, Margaret the Barefooted
accomodations Gertrude of Nivelles
actresses Pelagia
adopted children Clotilde, Thomas More, William of Rochester
affianced couples, betrothed couples, engaged couples Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena, Valentine
agricultural workers; farm workers; farmers; field hands; field workers; husbandmen; ranchers Benedict, Bernard of Vienne, Eligius (Eloi), Isidore the Farmer, Notburga, Phocas the Gardener, Walstan
alcoholism John of God, Martin of Tours, Monica, Urban of Langres
ambulance drivers, emergency medical technicians, EMTs, paramedics Michael the Archangel
amputees Anthony of Padua, Antony the Abbot
angina sufferers Swithbert
animal welfare societies, humane societies Francis of Assisi
appendicitis Erasmus (Elmo)
apple orchards Charles Borromeo
archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland, USA Immaculate Conception of Mary
archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts, USA Patrick
archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois, USA Immaculate Conception of Mary
archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Albert the Great, Francis de Sales, Robert Bellarmine
archdiocese of Cracow Poland Stanislaus of Cracow
archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, USA Immaculate Conception of Mary, Francis of Assisi
archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland Kevin, Lawrence O'Toole
archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, USA John Vianney, Raymond Nonnatus
archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Francis Xavier
archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, USA Joseph
archdiocese of Miami, Florida Our Lady of Charity, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Our Lady of Prompt Succor
archdiocese of New York, New York, USA Patrick
archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, USA Cecilia
archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Immaculate Conception of Mary, Paul, Apostle, Peter the Apostle
archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, USA Immaculate Conception of Mary
archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Francis of Assisi, Immaculate Heart of Mary
archdiocese of Seattle, Washington, USA Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Immaculate Conception, Holy Angels
archives Laurent (Lawrence)
archivists, librarians, libraries Catherine of Alexandria, Jerome, Laurent (Lawrence)
arm pain; pain in the arms Amalburga
armies of Jalisco, Mexico Our Lady of Zapopan
armories Laurent (Lawrence)
armourers Barbara, Dunstan, George, Laurent (Lawrence), Sebastian
arrowsmiths; fletchers Sebastian
art dealers John the Apostle
asses Anthony of Padua
attorneys, lawyers, barristers Catherine of Alexandria, Genesius, Ivo of Kermartin, Mark the Evangelist, Raymond of Pennafort, Thomas More
automobile drivers, automobilists, motorists Christopher, Elijah the Prophet, Frances of Rome, Sebastian of Aparicio

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What is a patron saint?

Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes -- anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century.

Recently, the popes have named patron saints but patrons can be chosen by other individuals or groups as well. Patron saints are often chosen today because an interest, talent, or event in their lives overlaps with the special area. Angels can also be named as patron saints. A patron saint can help us when we follow the example of that saint's life and when we ask for that saint's intercessory prayers to God.

For example, Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron of ecologists. Francis de Sales was a writer and so he is patron of journalists and writers. Clare of Assisi was named patron of television because one Christmas when she was too ill to leave her bed she saw and heard Christmas Mass -- even though it was taking place miles away.

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