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Pain; Cures from Pain; Pain Relief, protection against
Luke, Bl (Fra) Angelico
Palermo, Italy
Mary, 'Queen of Palestine'
Palestinian Christians
Immaculate Conception, Immaculate Heart of Mary
Papua New Guinea
Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of Lujan
Paris, France
Genevieve (Genofeva), Denis, Bishop of Paris
Parish Missions
John Gualbert
Patras, Greece
Patricia, Italy
Pavia, Italy
Siro, Syrus of Pavia, Theodore of Pavia
Nicholas of Myra, Bernardino of Feltre (Bd)
Pelota players, Argentinian
Pennsylvania, USA
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Pensioners, old age
Our Lady of Consolation, Teresa of Jesus Jornet e Ibars
Penzance, Cornwall, England
Perfumers, perfumiers
Nicholas of Myra
Pergamino, Argentina
Virgin of La Merced
Perjury, protection against
Peronne, France
Persecuted Christians
John De Martha
Persia; Iran
Pestilence (relief)
Petit Goave, Haiti
Our Lady of Lourdes
Antony the Abbot
Our Lady of Safe Travel, Our Lady of the Turumba, Rose of Lima, Immaculate Heart of Mary
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pudentiana, Rose of Lima
Physical Spouse Abuse; Victims of Spouse Abuse (physical), protection against
Physically Disabled
Physicians (diseases, contagious)
Piedmont region
Nicholas of Myra, Christopher
Pilgrims (sick)
Our Lady of Loreto
Pilots, maritime
Francis of Paola, Nicholas of Myra
Pisa, Italy
David, Columba
Poison Sufferers
Benedict, Abbot, John the Apostle, Pirminus
Poison, protection against
Casimir, Florian, Mary, 'Queen of Poland', Stanislaus, Adalbert, Stanislaus Kostka
Police officers
Police, Italian
Police, Spanish
Our Lady of the Pillar
Police, Spanish, armed
The Guardian Angels
Police, local, municipal
Ponza, Italy
Portsmouth, England
Nicholas of Myra
Anthony of Padua, Francis Borgia, Gabriel the Archangel, George, Immaculate Conception of Mary
Possession (by the Devil)
Postal services
Postal workers
Potenza, Italy
Gerard of Potenza
Potholers (spelunkers)
Benedict, Abbot
Poverty or Impoverishment, protection against
Priests (Spanish, secular)
Augustine, Genesius, John of God
Prison guards, officers
Hippolytus, Processus and Martinian, Adrian of Nicomedia
Prison officers (Italian)
Prisoners (Italian)
Probus, Cornwall, England
Grace, Probus
Propagation of the Faith
Protector of Crops
Public Health Service
Public Relations
Public education
Puebla, Mexico
Pueri Cantores
Pueri Cantors
Puerto Rico
Our Lady of Divine Providence
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
papal delegates
paralysis, paralysed people
parents of large families
parents separated from children
Jeanne de Chantal
parish clerks
Nicholas of Myra
parks; park services
John Gualbert
pastry chefs
Honorius of Amiens, Macarius the Younger
pavement workers
peace; invoked as peacemaker
Barnabas, Elizabeth of Portugal, Francis of Paola, Infant Jesus of Prague
peasant girls, young country girls, girls who live in rural areas
pencil makers
penitent sinners
people in needd of grace
people rejected by religious orders
Benedict Joseph Labre, Clare, Henry II, Jeanne de Lestonnac
people ridiculed for their piety
Agostina Pietrantoni, Alodia, Angela of Foligno, Bernadette of Lourdes, Catherine of Genoa, Catherine of Siena, Elizabeth of Hungary
Holy Spirit
pin makers
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
playing card manufacturers
poisonous snakes
political prisoners
poor people, paupers
pork butchers and processors
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Christopher, Leonard of Noblac, Theobald Roggeri
Catherine of Alexandria, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Sebastian
poultry raisers, chicken farmers
precision instrument makers
Hubert of Liege
Adelaide, Dymphna
printing presses
prisoners of war, pow's
prisoners, imprisonment, captives, imprisoned people
pro-life movement
prolonged suffering
Lydwina of Schiedam
protection against rats
protection of lambs
province of Burgenland
Martin of Tours
province of Carinthia
province of Lower Austria
Leopold III
province of Salzburg, Austria
province of Styria, Austria
province of Tyrol, Austria
province of Upper Austria
Leopold III
province of Vorarlberg, Austria
purse makers

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. Margaret of Scotland

Margaret was an English princess. She and her mother sailed to Scotland to escape from the king who had conquered their land. King Malcolm of Scotland welcomed them and fell in love with ... continue reading


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St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God's grace, with the ... continue reading


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St. Damien of Molokai

The man who would become St. Damien of Molokai, was born in rural Belgium, on January 3, 1840. His name was Jozef De Veuster, and he was the youngest of seven children. Growing up on the ... continue reading

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St. Hilarion

Abbot and disciple of St. Anthony the Great, companion of St. Hesychius. He was born in Tabatha, Palestine, and was educated in Alexandria, Egypt. He stayed with St. Anthony in the desert there ... continue reading

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St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene is one of the greatest saints of the Bible and a legendary example of God's mercy and grace. The precise dates of her birth and death are unknown, but we do know she was present with Christ during his public ministry, death and resurrection. She is ... 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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First Martyrs of the See of Rome

The holy men and women are also called the "Protomartyrs of Rome." They were accused of burning Rome by Nero , who burned Rome to cover his own crimes. Some martyrs were burned as living torches at evening banquets, some crucified, others were fed to wild animals. ... continue reading

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St. Lazarus

Lazarus is the poor man at the gate of the rich man in Christ's parable related in Luke. (Luke 16:19-31) His name was perpetuated in the Middle Ages by such words as Lazaretto (hospital), Lazarone (a beggar in the street), and the Order of St. Lazarus, which though a ... 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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