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Earaches, protection against Cornelius, Polycarp of Smyrna
Earthquakes Emygdius, Francis Borgia, Gregory the Wonderworker
East Indies Francis Xavier, Thomas, Apostle
East Renfrewshire, Scotland Conval
Ecologists, ecology Francis of Assisi
Ecuador Sacred Heart, Mary, The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Ecuadorian army Our Lady of Mercy
Eczema Antony the Abbot
Edinburgh, Scotland Giles
Editors John Bosco, Francis de Sales
Education, public Martin de Porres
Egypt Mark
Einsiedeln, Switzerland Meinrad
El Salvador Our Lady of Peace
Eloquence, sacred John Chrysostom
Embroiderers Clare, Parasceva
Emigrants Frances Xavier Cabrini
Enemy Plots, protection against Drausinus
Engineers, Italian Benedict, Abbot
Engineers, Spanish army Ferdinand III of Castile
Engineers, military, Italian Barbara
England George, Michael the Archangel
English Benedictines Benedict Biscop
Epidemics Godeberta
Epilepsy Dymphna, Vitus, Willibrord
Equatorial Guinea Immaculate Conception of Mary
Ergotism, aka Saint Antony's fire, protection against Antony the Abbot
Eruptions of Mount Etna, protection against Agatha
Estremadura, Spain Peter of Alcantara, Virgin of Guadalupe
Ethiopia Frumentius
Eucharist, The Paschal Baylon
Eucharistic Guilds Paschal Baylon
Eucharistic congresses and organizations Paschal Baylon
Europe Benedict, Abbot, Cyril and Methodius
Evil Spirits, protection against Agrippina, Quirinus
Examination candidates Joseph of Cupertino
Exegetes, scriptural Jerome
Exeter College, Oxford Blessed Virgin Mary, Peter the Apostle, Thomas of Canterbury
Expectant Mothers Gerard Majella, Raymond Nonnatus
Eye disorders Herve, Clare, Lucy, Raphael the Archangel
e of Evansville, Indiana, USA Mary, Mother of God
ecumenists, unity of the Eastern and Western Churches Cyril and Methodius
elderly people Anthony of Padua
empresses Adelaide, Helena, Pulcheria
enemies of religion Sebastian
engineers Ferdinand III of Castile, Joseph, Patrick, Patrick, Ferdinand III
engravers John the Apostle, Thiemo
enlightenment Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Good Counsel
eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles for Maronites Our Lady of Lebanon
eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn for the Maronites Maron
erysipelas Anthony the Abbott, Benedict, Ida of Nivelles
escape from devils Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch
evangelists Paul, Apostle
excluded people Patrick
exiles, people in exile Adelaide, Angela Truszkowska, Arthelais, Clotilde, Epipodius, Jeanne Marie de Maille, Joaquina Vedruna de Mas, Kateri Tekakwitha, Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch, Rose of Viterbo
expeditious or prompt solutions; against procrastination Expeditus

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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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