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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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Pope Saint Gregory the Great

St. Gregory, born at Rome about the year 540, was the son of Gordianus, a wealthy senator, who later renounced the world and became one of the seven deacons of Rome. After he had acquired ... continue reading


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St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More, Martyr (Patron of Lawyers) St. Thomas More was born at London in 1478. After a thorough grounding in religion and the classics, he entered Oxford to study law. Upon ... continue reading


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St. Veronica

The woman of Jerusalem who wiped the face of Christ with a veil while he was on the way to Calvary. According to tradition, the cloth was imprinted with the image of Christ's face." ... continue reading

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St. Andrew

Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" Andrew understood ... continue reading

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St. Brigid of Ireland

Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave ... continue reading

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St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading

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St. Gabriel, the Archangel

The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading

Saints Fun Facts

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St. Mark

The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there. St. Mark ... continue reading

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St. Louise de Marillac

Louise de Marillac was born probably at Ferrieres-en-Brie near Meux, France, on August 12, 1591. She was educated by the Dominican nuns at Poissy. She desired to become a nun but on the advice of her confessor, she married Antony LeGras, an official in the Queen's ... continue reading

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Jennifer Hartline: Trying to Learn Humility From St. Therese

By Jennifer Hartline

St. Therese helps me understand: "the splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away the perfume of the little violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy.if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the ... continue reading

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