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Tailors
Tanzania
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Taos, New Mexico
Taranto
Catald
Tax collectors
Taxi Drivers
Teenagers (esp. girls)
Telecommunications
Television
Television (Peru)
Temptations, protection against
Angela of Foligno, Benedict, Catherine of Bologna, Catherine of Genoa, Catherine of Siena, Elizabeth of Schonau, Eustochium of Padua, Gemma Galgani, Helen del Cavalcanti, Margaret of Cortona
Tennessee, USA
Our Lady of Lourdes
Termonde, Belgium
Christiana
Teutonic Order; Order of Teutonic Knights
Texas, USA
Our Lady of the Annunciation
Theatrical profession
Theft, thieves
Theologians, Moral
Thieves, danger from
Throat ailments
Tigua Indians
Toledo, Spain
Leocadia
Toothache
Torino, Italy
Tourism, Spanish
Trade unionists, Spanish
Tradespeople
Travelers
Tregony, Cornwall
Trier, Germay
Maximus
Trieste, Italy
Justus of Trieste
Tultepac, Mexico
Tunisia
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Turin, Italy
Turkey (Asiatic)
Turkey, Capuchin missions to
Twitching, protection against
Typhus, Against Typhoid, protection against
Adelard
tapestry workers
teenagers, teenage children
television workers
television writers
tent makers
the Internet
the O'Neill clan
the recently dead
thieves
Nicholas of Myra
tile makers
Fiacre, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Roch
tilers
tin smiths; tinsmiths
to have male children
Felicity
to obtain lodgings while travelling
tool makers
Eligius (Eloi)
torture victims
toy makers
Claude de la Columbiere
translators
transportation, transportation workers
trappers
Bartholomew the Apostle, Eustachius, Hubert of Liege
travel hostesses
travelling merchants
Menas
treaties
treaties between the Popes and Frankish emperors
truckers, truck drivers, lorry drivers
truss makers
Foillan
tuberculosis, consumption
turners
Anne, Catherine of Alexandria, Claude de la Columbiere

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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