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Faculties of law
Fahan, Ireland
Falling
Venantius
Falsely accused
Famine, protection against
Farm labourers (Spain, Canada, Mexico)
Farm workers
Benedict, Abbot
Farmers, Italian
Benedict, Abbot
Fathers
Ferrara, Italy
Fervent First Communion
Bl Imelda
Finland
Henry of Finland
Fire (danger from)
Fire fighters
Fire prevention
Firemen (Italian)
First Communicants
Fishermen
Fleury-sur-Loire
Fliers
Our Lady of Loreto
Flight attendants
Bona
Flight crew
Our Lady of Loreto
Flood
Gregory the Wonderworker, Florian
Florence, Italy
Florentine cheese merchants
Florentine salt merchants
Florida
Our Lady of La Leche
Florists, flower growers
Therese of Lisieux, Rose of Lima, Bl. Rose of Viterbo
Flying
Flying, all involved in
Our Lady of Loreto
Foresters
John Gualbert
Forli, Italy
James Salomone
Fosses, Belgium
Foillan
Foundlings
Holy Innocents
Fragalata, Sicily
Calogerus, Demetrius, Gregory
Franciscan Lay
Franciscan laity
Franciscan tertiaries
Louis
French Commissariat
Ambrose of Milan
French monarchs
Frenzy, protection against
Frost, protection against
Urban of Langres
Funeral directors
fainting, faintness
Urban of Langres, Ursus of Ravenna, Valentine
faith in the Blessed Sacrament
family happiness or harmony
Dymphna, Ksenya Blazhennaya
family life
Infant Jesus of Prague
farriers, horseshoe makers
Eligius (Eloi), John the Baptist
fear of insects
Gratus of Aosta
fear of mice or rats
fear of night
fear of snakes
fear of the Lord
Holy Spirit
fear of wasps
fiddlers, fiddle players
file makers
Theodosius the Cenobriarch
final perseverance
financial officers
fireworks and fireworks manufacturers
fish
fish dealers, fishmongers
Andrew, Apostle, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Magnus, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
fistula
flour merchants
foot problems; feet problems
for good weather
Agricola of Avignon, Clare of Assisi, Medard of Noyon
for rain
Agricola of Avignon, Eulalia, Heribert of Cologne, Isidore the Farmer, Julian of Cuenca, Odo, Theodore of Sykeon
foreign missions
Francis Xavier, Infant Jesus of Prague, Peter Claver, Therese of Lisieux
forgotten people
Jeanne de Chantal
fortifications
fortitude
Holy Spirit
founders
freedom
Infant Jesus of Prague
friendships
fruit dealers
fugitives
furriers
Hubert of Liege, James the Greater

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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