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Babies The Holy Innocents, Maximus, Nicholas of Tolentino, Philip of Zell
Bad Weather, protection against Eurosia, Medard
Bakers Elizabeth of Hungary, Nicholas of Myra, Honoratus
Bankers Matthew, Bernardino of Feltre
Banking Michael the Archangel
Barbers Cosmas and Damian, Louis, Martin de Porres
Barcelona, Spain Our Lady of Mercy
Bari, Italy Nicholas, Sabinus
Barra, Scotland Finbar
Barrel makers Abdon and Sennen
Barren women Anthony of Padua, Felicity
Basket makers Antony the Abbot
Battle Michael the Archangel
Battle, protection against Florian
Baume-les-Messieurs Drogo
Bavaria Hedwig, Killian
Bee Keepers Ambrose
Begerin, Ireland Ibar
Beggars Alexius, Martin of Tours, Giles
Belgium Joseph
Bellmakers Agatha
Benedictine oblates Henry the Emperor
Benevento, Italy Arthelais, Barbatus of Benevento
Bergamo, Italy Alexander of Bergamo
Bergen, Norway Sunniva
Bible scholars Jerome
Birds Gall
Birth Complications, protection against Ulric
Bishops of Latin America Turibius
Blight, protection against Urban of Langres
Blind people Raphael the Archangel, Thomas, Apostle, Cosmas and Damian, Lucy
Blood banks Januarius
Blood donors Our Lady of the Thorns
Bodily ills Our Lady of Lourdes
Bohemia Joseph, Adalbert, John Nepomucene, Cyril and Methodius, Wenceslaus
Bolivia 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 Petronius
Bombay, India Gundisalvus Garcia
Book trade John of God
Bookbinders Celestine V (pope), John of God
Bookkeepers Matthew
Booksellers John of God, Thomas Aquinas
Bordeaux, France Simon Stock
Borneo Francis Xavier
Boston, Massachusetts, USA Botulph
Boy Scouts George
Boys, young Dominic Savio
Brazil Nossa senhora de Aparecida, Peter of Alcantara
Breast-feeding Basilissa, Giles
Brescia, Italy Faustinus
Brewers Augustine of Hippo, Luke, Nicholas of Myra, Amand, Wenceslaus
Bricklayers Stephen
Brides Nicholas of Myra
Bridges John Nepomucene
Brigands (danger from) Leonard of Noblac
Brittany Ivo of Kermartin
Broadcasters Gabriel the Archangel
Bruises and Bruising, protection against Amalburga
Brussels Michael the Archangel
Builders Vincent Ferrer, Barbara, Thomas, Apostle
Building trade Stephen
Bulgaria Cyril and Methodius
Burgos, Spain Adelelmus
Bursars Joseph
Business people Homobonus
Businesswomen Margaret of Clitherow
Button makers Louis
Byzantine Eparchy of Van Nuys, Arizona, USA Holy Protection of the Mother of God
bachelors Benedict, Benezet, Boniface of Tarsus, Caesarius of Nanzianzen, Casimir of Poland, Christopher, Cuthman, Epipodius, Gerald of Aurillac, Guy of Anderlecht
backward children Hilary of Poitiers
bacterial disease and infection Agrippina
bailiffs Ivo of Kermartin
bakers of holy wafers Honorius of Amiens
baptism John the Baptist
bartenders, bar keepers, bar staff Amand
bees Ambrose of Milan, Bernard of Clairvaux, Modomnoc
bell-founders Agatha, Fortchern of Trim
belt makers Alexius
betrayal victims Epipodius, Flora of Cordoba, Oswin, Philip Howard, Pulcheria
bicyclists, cyclists, bicycle riders La Madonna di Ghisalo
bird dealers John the Baptist
birth pains Erasmus (Elmo)
bishops Charles Borromeo
black missions, African missions Benedict the Black, Francis Xavier, Peter Claver, Therese of Lisieux
black people, Negroes, African-Americans Benedict the Black, Martin de Porres, Peter Claver
blackbirds Kevin
blacksmiths Bridgid of Ireland, Dunstan, Eligius (Eloi), Giles, James the Greater, Leonard of Noblac
bodily purity Agnes of Rome
boilermakers Eligius (Eloi)
bomb technicians Barbara
boot blacks, shoe shiners Nicholas of Myra
bowel disorders Bonaventure
box makers Fiacre
brass workers Barbara
breast cancer Agatha, Aldegundis, Giles, Peregrine Laziosi
breast disease, invoked against Agatha
brick makers Vincent Ferrer
bridge builders John Nepomucene, Peter the Apostle
broken bones Drogo, Stanislaus Kostka
broommakers Anne
brushmakers Antony the Abbot
burns John the Apostle
bus drivers Christopher
butchers Adrian of Nicomedia, Antony the Abbot, Bartholomew the Apostle, George, Lawrence, Luke the Apostle, Peter the Apostle, Thomas Bellacci, Antony the Abbot, Luke

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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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