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Gap Arnulph
Garage, or gas station, workers Eligius (Eloi)
Gardeners Adelard, Fiacre, Rose of Lima, Adam
Garment workers Homobonus
Gas station workers Eligius (Eloi)
Geese Martin of Tours
Genoa, Italy George, John the Baptist, Syrus of Genoa, Barbara
Georgia, USA Immaculate Heart of Mary
Georgia, former USSR George, Nino
Germany Anskar, Michael the Archangel
Ghent, Belgium Amalburga, Bavo, Macarius of Antioch, Pharaildis
Gibraltar Bernard of Clairvaux
Girl Scouts Agnes of Rome
Girls Agnes, Maria Goretti
Glasgow, Scotland Kentigern
Glassworkers Luke
Glaziers Lucy
Glendalough, Ireland Kevin
Goa, India Francis Xavier
Golden-Tounges orator Peter Chrysologus
Goldsmiths Dunstan, Anastasius, Eligius (Eloi)
Gout; Gout Sufferers, protection against Andrew, Apostle, Coloman, Gerebernus, Gregory the Great, Killian, Maurice, Maurus, Totnan
Governors Ferdinand III of Castile
Gozo George
Gravediggers Antony the Abbot, Joseph of Arimathea
Greece Andrew, Apostle, George, Nicholas of Myra
Greece Paul, Apostle
Greek Catholic Church in America Nicholas of Tolentino
Greek Catholic Union Nicholas of Myra
Greetings Valentine
Grocers Michael the Archangel
Gronigen, Nederlands Walburga
Guatemala James the Greater
Gunners Barbara
gall stones Benedict, Drogo, Florentius of Strasburg, Liberius
gambling addicts; compulsive gambling; uncontrolled gambling Bernardine of Siena
geese; goose Gall, Martin of Tours
geometricians Thomas, Apostle
gilders Clare of Assisi, Eligius (Eloi)
glandular disorders Cadoc of Llancarvan
glove makers Crispin and Crispinian, Gummarus, Mary Magdalene
goitres Blaise
good finances Infant Jesus of Prague
grandfathers Joachim
grandmothers Anne
grandparents Anne, Joachim
greeting card manufacturers Valentine
grooms, bridegrooms Louis IX, Nicholas of Myra
guardian angels Raphael the Archangel
guardians Gummarus, Joseph of Palestine
guards Matthew the Apostle

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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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