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Laborers Isidore the Farmer, James the Greater
Labour, Italian Knights of Benedict, Abbot
Lacemakers Luke
Lame, the Giles
Landulph, Cornwall Cybi
Langres cathedral Marcellus
Lanhydroc, Cornwall Hydroc
Latin America Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rose of Lima
Latin American bishops Turibius
Law, schools or faculties of Raymond of Pennafort
Lawyers Thomas More, Yves, Raymond of Pennafort, Ivo of Kermartin
Lay Apostolate Paul, Apostle
Leaping Venantius
Learning Ambrose, Catherine of Alexandria
Leatherworkers Crispin and Crispinian
Lecce, Italy Bernadine Realino
Lecturers Justin Martyr
Lennox, Scotland Kessog
Lens, France Wulganus
Lepers Giles
Lesotho Immaculate Heart of Mary
Librarians, libraries Jerome, Catherine of Alexandria
Liege, Belgium Hubert of Liege
Lighthouse keepers Venerius
Lightning, protection against Magnus of Fussen, Vitus
Limerick, Ireland Munchin
Linz, Austria Florian
Lithuania Casimir, Cunegund, Hyacinth
Living Rosary Philomena
Llanbrothen, Wales Brothen
Llandunwyd, Glamorgan Donat
Llangibby, Monmouthshire, Wales Cybi
Llangybi, Cardigan, Wales Cybi
Llanover, Gwent, Wales Gorfor
Llanrhyddlad, Anglesey, Wales Rhuddlad
Loc-Har, Brittany, France Hernan
Lorraine Nicholas of Myra
Lost articles Anthony of Padua
Lost or desperate causes Jude
Louisiana, USA Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Lourdes Bernadette of Lourdes
Lovers Valentine
Lugo, Spain Foillan
Luxembourg Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted
Léon, Spain Foillan
lamp makers Our Lady of Loreto
last sacraments Stanislaus Kostka
laundry workers, laundresses, washerwomen Clare of Assisi, Lawrence
lawsuits Agia
lawsuits lost unjustly Nicholas of Myra
lay brothers Gerard Majella
lay people, laity Frances of Rome, Paul, Apostle
lead workers Sebastian
lectors Bede the Venerable, Pollio, Sabas
leg disease or trouble Servatus
liberal arts Catherine of Bologna
linguists Gotteschalk
lions Mark the Apostle
lithographers John the Apostle
liturgy Joseph Mary Tomasi
livestock Isidore the Farmer
locksmiths Dunstan, Eligius (Eloi), Leonard of Noblac, Peter the Apostle
longevity, long life Peter the Apostle
loss of milk by nursing mothers Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch
loss of parents, mother, father Dymphna, Gemma Galgani, Germaine Cousin, Jeanne Marie de Maille, Laura Vicuna, Louise de Marillac, Margaret of Cortona, Margaret Mary Alacoque, Marguerite Bourgeous, Maria Goretti
lost keys, against losing keys Zita
lost vocations Gotteschalk
lumbago Lawrence
lungs; chest; respiratory problems Bernardine of Siena

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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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