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Macedonia
Madagascar
Madrid & Alcala
Justus and Pastor, Isidore the Farmer
Maids
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)
Gengulf
Married women
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
Medical technicians
Mentally ill
Merchants
Francis of Assisi, Nicholas of Myra, Homobonus
Merchants, Italian
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Metalworkers
Eligius (Eloi)
Metz, France
Mexican young people
Mexico City, Mexico
Michigan, USA
Our Lady, Gate of Heaven
Midwives
Milan
Ambrose of Milan
Millers
Honoratus
Milliners (Hatmakers)
Mine Collapse, protection against
Miners
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
Monaco
Monarchy, French
Louis
Mongolia, Inner
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Mongolia, Outer
Mons, Belgium
Waltrude
Montana, USA
Our Lady of the Pines
Monte Marano
Montefalco, Italy
Montesanto, Italy
Moral theologians
Moscow
Boris
Motorcyclists
Mary, The Madonna of Castaliazzo or Our Lady of Grace and of Crete
Motorways
Mountaineers, mountain climbers
Mullion, Cornwall
Melaine of Rennes
Munich, Germany
Music, musicians
machinists
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
mathematicians
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
misfortune
Agricola of Avignon
missionary bishops
money managers
motherhood
mountain travellers
mulattoes, bi-racial or multi-racial people
murderers
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. 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. Catherine of Alexandria

St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr whose feast day is November 25th. She is the patroness of philosophers and preachers. St. Catherine is believed to have been born in Alexandria of a noble family. Converted to Christianity through a vision, she ... 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



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St. Barnabas

All we know of Barnabas is to be found in the New Testament. A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived in common with the earliest converts to Christianity in Jerusalem. He ... continue reading

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St. Philip Neri

If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri. Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the time he was a boy. In fact one incident almost cost him his life. Seeing ... continue reading



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Image of Irenaeus of Lyon wrote these words - The glory of God gives life; those who see God receive life. For this reason, God-who cannot be grasped, comprehended, or seen-allows Himself to be seen, comprehended, and grasped by men, that He may give life to those who see and receive Him. It is impossible to live without life, and the actualization of life comes from participation in God, while participation in God is to see God and enjoy His goodness.

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