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Macedonia Clement of Ohrid
Madagascar Vincent de Paul
Madrid & Alcala Justus and Pastor, Isidore the Farmer
Magistrates Ferdinand III of Castile
Maids Zita
Maine, USA Our Lady fo Peace
Majorca city Alonso Rodriguez
Majorca island Alonso Rodriguez
Malta Paul, Apostle
Mantua, Italy Anselm of Lucca, the Younger
Marble workers Clement I, Four crowned martyrs, Louis
Marching Auxiliaries Vitus
Mariners Nicholas of Tolentino
Marines (Italian) Barbara
Maritime pilots Nicholas of Myra
Maronites, Maronite Christians Maro
Marriage John Francis Regis
Marriages (unhappy) Gengulf
Married women Monica
Maryland, USA Our Lady of the Assumption
Masons Thomas, Apostle, Four crowned martyrs, Louis
Massachusetts, USA Our Lady of the Incarnation
Medal collectors Eligius (Eloi)
Medical profession Cosmas and Damian, Luke, Pantaleon
Medical technicians Albert the Great
Mentally ill Dymphna
Merchants Francis of Assisi, Nicholas of Myra, Homobonus
Merchants, Italian Francis of Assisi
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales Tydfil
Messengers Gabriel the Archangel
Metalworkers Eligius (Eloi)
Metz, France Patiens of Metz
Mexican young people John Bosco
Mexico Our Lady of Guadalupe, Joseph
Mexico City, Mexico Philip of Jesus
Michigan, USA Our Lady, Gate of Heaven
Midwives Raymond Nonnatus
Migrants Frances Xavier Cabrini
Milan Ambrose of Milan
Millers Honoratus
Milliners (Hatmakers) James the Greater
Mine Collapse, protection against Barbara
Miners Anne (Mother of Mary), Barbara
Minnesota, USA Our Lady, Mother of the Church
Miscarriage prevention Catherine of Sweden
Miscarriages, protection against Catherine of Siena, Catherine of Sweden, Eulalia
Missionary priests Vincent Pallotti
Missioners in Catholic Lands Leonard of Port Maurice
Missioners of the Precious Blood Francis Xavier
Missions Francis Xavier, Peter Claver, Therese of Lisieux, Leonard of Port Maurice
Missions, Polish Maria Teresa Ledochowska (Bd)
Missions, Portuguese John de Britto
Mississippi, USA Our Lady of Sorrows
Missouri, USA Our Lady of Calvary
Mixed race, people of Martin de Porres
Moles, protection against Ulric
Monaco Devota
Monarchy, French Louis
Mongolia, Inner Immaculate Conception of Mary
Mongolia, Outer Francis Xavier
Mons, Belgium Waltrude
Montana, USA Our Lady of the Pines
Monte Marano John of Monte Marano
Montefalco, Italy Clare of Montefalco
Montesanto, Italy Gerard of Lunel
Moral theologians Alphonsus de Liguori
Moravia Wenceslaus, Cyril and Methodius
Moscow Boris
Mothers Monica, Gerard Majella, Nicholas of Tolentino
Motorcyclists Mary, The Madonna of Castaliazzo or Our Lady of Grace and of Crete
Motorists Frances of Rome, Christopher
Motorways John the Baptist
Mountaineers, mountain climbers Bernard of Montjoux (or Menthon)
Mullion, Cornwall Melaine of Rennes
Munich, Germany Benno
Music, musicians Cecilia, Gregory the Great, Dunstan
machinists Hubert of Liege
mail Anthony of Padua
market carriers Christopher
married couples Joseph
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
mathematicians Barbara, Hubert of Liege
mechanics Catherine of Alexandria
medical record librarians Raymond of Pennafort
medical social workers John Regis
mental health professionals, caregivers, psychiatrists, therapists Dymphna
metal collectors, precious metal collectors Eligius (Eloi)
migraine; against migraines; migraine sufferers Gereon, Severus of Avranches, Ubald Baldassini
military engineers Barbara
misfortune Agricola of Avignon
missionaries Francis Xavier, Therese of Lisieux
missionary bishops Paul, Apostle
money managers Matthew the Apostle
monks Anthony the Abbott, Benedict
motherhood Gerard Majella
mountain travellers Petronilla
mulattoes, bi-racial or multi-racial people Martin de Porres
murderers Caedwalla, Julian the Hospitaller, Nicholas of Myra, Vladimir
musical instrument makers Cecilia
mute people, muteness, dumbness Drogo
mystics, mystical theology John of the Cross

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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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