Patron Saints: 'I'
|Iceland||St. Thorlac Thorhallsson|
|Idaho||Our Lady of Limerick|
|Illinois||Our Lady of the Universe|
|Immigrants||Frances Xavier Cabrini|
|Impenitence, protection against||Barbara, Mark the Evangelist|
|Imperia Italy||Leonard of Port Maurice|
|Impossible Cases||Rita of Cascia|
|India||Mary, Patron of India, Frances Xavier Cabrini, Rose of Lima, Thomas, Apostle|
|Indian missions in Ecuador||Our Lady of Agua Santa de Baņos|
|Indiana||Our Lady of Providence|
|Indiscretions, protection against||John Nepomucene|
|Infantry||Martin of Tours|
|Infantry, Spanish||Immaculate Conception of Mary|
|Infertility||Rita of Cascia|
|Inflammatory Diseases, protection against||Benedict|
|Information Workers||Archangel Gabriel|
|Innocent people (falsely accused)||Raymond Nonnatus|
|Insects, protection against||Dominic of Silos|
|Iowa||Mary of Nazareth|
|Ireland||Patrick, Columba, Bridgid of Ireland|
|Isle of Man||Maughold|
|Istanbul (Constantinople)||John Chrysostom, George, Roch|
|Istanbul, Turkey; Constantinople||George, John de Britto, Roch|
|Italy||Bernardine of Siena, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of Loreto, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of the Snows|
|in-law problems||Adelaide, Elizabeth of Hungary, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Godelieve, Jeanne de Chantal, Jeanne Marie de Maille, Ludmila, Pulcheria|
|incest victims||Dymphna, Laurent (Lawrence)|
|inquisitors||Peter of Verona|
|insect bites||Mark the Apostle, Narcissus|
|inter-racial justice, race relations, racial harmony||Martin de Porres, Peter Claver|
|invoked in time of war||Elizabeth of Portugal|
|iron mongers, hardware, hardware stores||Sebastian|
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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.