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Saint

AIDS care-givers
Abandoned children
Ivo of Kermartin, Jerome Emiliani
Abbeville, France
Wulfram of Sens
Abdominal pains
Abingdon, England
Edmund Rich of Abingdon
Abortion, protection against
Abruzzi region of Italy
Academies, Roman Catholic
Acadians, Cajuns
Our Lady of the Assumption
Accountants
Accused (falsely)
Actors
Advertisers, advertising
Advocates
Ivo of Kermartin
Africa, Central
Africa, North
Cyprian of Carthage
African Catholic Youth Action
Against Mice, protection against
Agirone, Sicily
Air crew
Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, Belgian
Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, Spanish
Our Lady of Loreto
Air force, Argentinian
Our Lady of Loreto
Air travelers
Airborne (Paratroopers)
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
Alcala, Spain
Justus and Pastor
Alcira, Valencia, Spain
Bernard, Gracia, Mary
Alessandro, Italy
Trifone
Alexandria, Egypt
Alexians
Alexius
Alezio, Italy
Our Lady of the Assumption
Algeria
Cyprian of Carthage
Alpine troops
Altar servers
Amalfi, Italy
Ambassadors, Argentinian
American Indians, Native Americans
Ammunition/Ordnance /explosive workers
Ancona, Italy
Andalusia
Anderlecht, Belgium
Andorran security forces
Our Lady Help of Christians
Anesthetists
Animals, danger from
Animals, domestic
Antony the Abbot
Antioch
Barnabas
Antwerp, Belgium
Aosta, Italy
Gratus of Aosta
Apoplexy (Strokes)
Apostleship of Prayer
Apothecaries
Apprentices
Aquila, Italy
Arabia
Our Lady of Arabia
Aragon, Spain
Archaeologists
Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, USA
Archdiocese of Tuam, Ireland
Archers
Architects
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
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
Artillery
Artists
Luke, Catherine of Bologna, Bl (Fra) Angelico
Artois region
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Emidius
Asia Minor
Assisi, Italy
Astronauts
Astronomers
Asylums (for the mentally ill)
Athletes
Augsburg
Australia
Our Lady Help of Christians
Australian military chaplains
Our Lady Help of Christians
Austria
Authority, persons in
Avenay, Champagne, France
Tressan of Mareuil
Aviators, aviation
Avignon
Agricola of Avignon, Benezet
Aynac, France
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
actresses
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
amputees
Anthony of Padua, Antony the Abbot
angina sufferers
Swithbert
animal welfare societies, humane societies
appendicitis
apple orchards
archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary
archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts, USA
archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary
archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
archdiocese of Cracow Poland
archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Francis of Assisi
archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland
archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, USA
archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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
archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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
archivists, librarians, libraries
arm pain; pain in the arms
Amalburga
armies of Jalisco, Mexico
Our Lady of Zapopan
arrowsmiths; fletchers
art dealers
attorneys, lawyers, barristers
automobile drivers, automobilists, motorists
Christopher, Elijah the Prophet, Frances of Rome, Sebastian of Aparicio

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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