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Faculties of law
Fahan, Ireland
Falsely accused
Famine, protection against
Farm labourers (Spain, Canada, Mexico)
Farm workers
Benedict, Abbot
Farmers, Italian
Benedict, Abbot
Ferrara, Italy
Fervent First Communion
Bl Imelda
Henry of Finland
Fire (danger from)
Fire fighters
Fire prevention
Firemen (Italian)
First Communicants
Our Lady of Loreto
Flight attendants
Flight crew
Our Lady of Loreto
Gregory the Wonderworker, Florian
Florence, Italy
Florentine cheese merchants
Florentine salt merchants
Our Lady of La Leche
Florists, flower growers
Therese of Lisieux, Rose of Lima, Bl. Rose of Viterbo
Flying, all involved in
Our Lady of Loreto
John Gualbert
Forli, Italy
James Salomone
Fosses, Belgium
Holy Innocents
Fragalata, Sicily
Calogerus, Demetrius, Gregory
Franciscan Lay
Franciscan laity
Franciscan tertiaries
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 dealers, fishmongers
Andrew, Apostle, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Magnus, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
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
Holy Spirit
Infant Jesus of Prague
fruit dealers
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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St. Katharine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3) Born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family, Katharine became imbued with love for God and neighbor. She took an avid interest ... continue reading | shop


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St. Joseph of Cupertino

St. Joseph was born in 1603 at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the ... continue reading


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Sts. Joachim and Anne

Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled "Joachim," pronounced "wal-keem") and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes ... continue reading

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St. Daria

There is very little known about them. Chrysanthus was an Egyptian, son of a Patrician, Polemius. He was brought to Rome from Alexandria during the reign of Numerian, and despite the objections of ... continue reading

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Female Saints

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St. Margaret of Scotland

Margaret was an English princess. She and her mother sailed to Scotland to escape from the king who had conquered their land. King Malcolm of Scotland welcomed them and fell in love with the beautiful princess. Margaret and Malcolm were married before too long. As ... continue reading

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St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading

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St. Catherine de Ricci

St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of prayer, and in her sixth year, her father placed her in the convent of ... continue reading

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Bl. Alvarez of Corova

Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and adviser of Queen Catherine, John of Gaunt's daughter, and tutor of King ... continue reading

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St. Ignatius of Antioch: Model of Bravery, Man for our Times

By Billy Atwell

In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch.  St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the year 107.  He was torn ... continue reading

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