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The Holy Innocents, Maximus, Nicholas of Tolentino, Philip of Zell
Bad Weather, protection against
Elizabeth of Hungary, Nicholas of Myra, Honoratus
Matthew, Bernardino of Feltre
Barcelona, Spain
Our Lady of Mercy
Bari, Italy
Nicholas, Sabinus
Barra, Scotland
Barrel makers
Abdon and Sennen
Barren women
Anthony of Padua, Felicity
Basket makers
Antony the Abbot
Battle, protection against
Bee Keepers
Begerin, Ireland
Benedictine oblates
Henry the Emperor
Benevento, Italy
Bergamo, Italy
Alexander of Bergamo
Bergen, Norway
Bible scholars
Birth Complications, protection against
Bishops of Latin America
Blight, protection against
Urban of Langres
Blood banks
Blood donors
Our Lady of the Thorns
Bodily ills
Our Lady of Lourdes
Francis Solano, Our Lady of Capucdana (Virgin de la Candelaria), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Virgin de la Candelaria, Virgin of Copacabana, La Virgen de Copacabana (Virgin of Copacabana)
Bolivian navy
Our Lady of Charity
Bologna, Italy
Bombay, India
Book trade
Celestine V (pope), John of God
Bordeaux, France
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boy Scouts
Boys, young
Nossa senhora de Aparecida, Peter of Alcantara
Brescia, Italy
Augustine of Hippo, Luke, Nicholas of Myra, Amand, Wenceslaus
Nicholas of Myra
Brigands (danger from)
Ivo of Kermartin
Bruises and Bruising, protection against
Building trade
Burgos, Spain
Business people
Button makers
Byzantine Eparchy of Van Nuys, Arizona, USA
Holy Protection of the Mother of God
Benedict, Benezet, Boniface of Tarsus, Caesarius of Nanzianzen, Casimir of Poland, Christopher, Cuthman, Epipodius, Gerald of Aurillac, Guy of Anderlecht
backward children
bacterial disease and infection
Ivo of Kermartin
bakers of holy wafers
bartenders, bar keepers, bar staff
Ambrose of Milan, Bernard of Clairvaux, Modomnoc
Agatha, Fortchern of Trim
belt makers
betrayal victims
Epipodius, Flora of Cordoba, Oswin, Philip Howard, Pulcheria
bicyclists, cyclists, bicycle riders
La Madonna di Ghisalo
bird dealers
birth pains
black people, Negroes, African-Americans
bodily purity
Eligius (Eloi)
bomb technicians
boot blacks, shoe shiners
Nicholas of Myra
bowel disorders
box makers
brass workers
breast cancer
breast disease, invoked against
brick makers
broken bones
Drogo, Stanislaus Kostka
Antony the Abbot
bus drivers
Adrian of Nicomedia, Antony the Abbot, Bartholomew the Apostle, George, Lawrence, Luke the Apostle, Peter the Apostle, Thomas Bellacci, Antony the Abbot, Luke

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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St. Agnes

St. Agnes was a Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her Faith. Agnes had made a promise, a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the ... continue reading | shop


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St. Paul

St. Paul, the indefatigable Apostle of the Gentiles, was converted from Judaism on the road to Damascus. He remained some days in Damascus after his Baptism, and then went to Arabia, ... continue reading | shop


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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the upper class of ... continue reading | shop

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St. Eligius

Eligius (also known as Eloi) was born around 590 near Limoges in France. He became an extremely skillful metalsmith and was appointed master of the mint under King Clotaire II of Paris. Eligius ... continue reading

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the upper class of New York society. She was a prolific reader, and read everything from the Bible ... continue reading

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St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading

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St. Gabriel, the Archangel

The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading

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St. Maximilian Kolbe

Maximilian was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian founded the Immaculata Movement devoted to Our Lady. After receiving a ... continue reading

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St. Philomena

Little is known of her life, and the information was received by private revelation from her. Martyred at about age 14 in the early days of the Church. In 1802 the remains of a young woman were found in the catacomb of Saint Priscilla on the Via Salaria. It was ... continue reading

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Jennifer Hartline: Trying to Learn Humility From St. Therese

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St. Therese helps me understand: "the splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away the perfume of the little violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy.if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the ... continue reading

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