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Madrid & Alcala
Justus and Pastor, Isidore the Farmer
Maine, USA
Our Lady fo Peace
Majorca city
Alonso Rodriguez
Majorca island
Alonso Rodriguez
Marble workers
Clement I, Four crowned martyrs, Louis
Marching Auxiliaries
Marines (Italian)
Maritime pilots
Nicholas of Myra
Maronites, Maronite Christians
Marriages (unhappy)
Married women
Maryland, USA
Our Lady of the Assumption
Thomas, Apostle, Four crowned martyrs, Louis
Massachusetts, USA
Our Lady of the Incarnation
Medal collectors
Eligius (Eloi)
Medical profession
Medical technicians
Mentally ill
Francis of Assisi, Nicholas of Myra, Homobonus
Merchants, Italian
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Eligius (Eloi)
Metz, France
Mexican young people
Mexico City, Mexico
Michigan, USA
Our Lady, Gate of Heaven
Ambrose of Milan
Milliners (Hatmakers)
Mine Collapse, protection against
Anne (Mother of Mary), Barbara
Minnesota, USA
Our Lady, Mother of the Church
Miscarriage prevention
Miscarriages, protection against
Missionary priests
Missioners in Catholic Lands
Missioners of the Precious Blood
Missions, Polish
Maria Teresa Ledochowska (Bd)
Missions, Portuguese
Mississippi, USA
Our Lady of Sorrows
Missouri, USA
Our Lady of Calvary
Mixed race, people of
Moles, protection against
Monarchy, French
Mongolia, Inner
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Mongolia, Outer
Mons, Belgium
Montana, USA
Our Lady of the Pines
Monte Marano
Montefalco, Italy
Montesanto, Italy
Moral theologians
Mary, The Madonna of Castaliazzo or Our Lady of Grace and of Crete
Mountaineers, mountain climbers
Mullion, Cornwall
Melaine of Rennes
Munich, Germany
Music, musicians
Hubert of Liege
market carriers
married couples
martyrs, murdered as confessors of the faith or for moral integrity
Afra, Agatha, Agostina Pietrantoni, Alodia, Barbara, Cecilia, Dymphna, Felicity, Flora of Cordoba, Joan of Arc
Barbara, Hubert of Liege
medical record librarians
medical social workers
John Regis
mental health professionals, caregivers, psychiatrists, therapists
metal collectors, precious metal collectors
Eligius (Eloi)
migraine; against migraines; migraine sufferers
Gereon, Severus of Avranches, Ubald Baldassini
military engineers
Agricola of Avignon
missionary bishops
money managers
mountain travellers
mulattoes, bi-racial or multi-racial people
Caedwalla, Julian the Hospitaller, Nicholas of Myra, Vladimir
musical instrument makers
mute people, muteness, dumbness
mystics, mystical theology

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. Elizabeth

What we know of St. Elizabeth comes from the Gospel, the book of Luke, in particular. In Luke, Elizabeth, a daughter of the line of Aaron, and the wife of Zacharias, was "righteous before ... continue reading | shop


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St. Raphael

St. Raphael is one of the seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord, and one of the only three mentioned by name in the Bible. He appears, by name, only in the Book of Tobit. ... continue reading | shop


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St. Gerard Majella

St. Gerard Majella is the patron of expectant mothers. He was born in 1726 in Muro, Italy to a family of seven. Majella grew up in a poverty with a great respect for the poor. As he was ... continue reading | shop

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St. Bean

On December 16, there is named in the Roman Martyrology and in certain Irish calendars a Saint Bean in Ireland, who had been confused with the St. Bean whose feast is still observed in the Scottish ... continue reading

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Female Saints

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St. Genevieve

St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the ... 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

Saints Fun Facts

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St. Julie Billiart

St. Julie (Julia) Billiart was born in 1751 and died in 1816. As a child, playing "school" was Julie's favorite game. When she was sixteen, to help support her family, she began to teach "for real". She sat on a haystack during the noon recess and told the biblical ... continue reading

Saints Fun Facts for St. Francis of Paola

St. Francis of Paola

Francis was born at Paola, Italy and was educated at the Franciscan friary of San Marco there, and when fifteen became a hermit near Paola. In 1436, he and two companions began a community that is considered the foundation of the Minim Friars. He built a monastery ... continue reading

Christian Saints & Heroes

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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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