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Tailors Homobonus
Tanzania Immaculate Conception of Mary
Taos, New Mexico Anne, John the Apostle
Taranto Catald
Tax collectors Matthew
Taxi Drivers Fiacre
Teachers Gregory the Great, John Baptist de la Salle
Teenagers (esp. girls) Mark, Maria Goretti
Telecommunications Gabriel the Archangel
Television Clare, Gabriel the Archangel
Television (Peru) Martin de Porres
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 George, Mary
Texas, USA Our Lady of the Annunciation
Theatrical profession Genesius
Theft, thieves Dismas
Theologians Alphonsus de Liguori, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, John the Apostle
Theologians, Moral Alphonsus de Liguori
Thieves, danger from Leonard of Noblac
Throat ailments Blaise, Ludmila
Tigua Indians Anthony of Padua
Toledo, Spain Leocadia
Toothache Apollonia
Torino, Italy John the Baptist
Tourism, Spanish Francis Xavier
Trade unionists, Spanish Martin de Porres
Tradespeople Homobonus
Travelers Raphael the Archangel, Nicholas of Myra, Anthony of Padua, Christopher, Joseph
Tregony, Cornwall Cybi
Trier, Germay Maximus
Trieste, Italy Justus of Trieste
Tultepac, Mexico John of God
Tunisia Immaculate Conception of Mary
Turin, Italy John the Baptist
Turkey (Asiatic) John the Apostle
Turkey, Capuchin missions to Joseph of Leonessa
Twitching, protection against Bartholomew the Apostle, Cornelius
Typhus, Against Typhoid, protection against Adelard
tanners Bartholomew the Apostle, Catherine of Alexandria, Crispin and Crispinian
tapestry workers Francis of Assisi
teenagers, teenage children Aloysius Gonzaga
telegraphs Clare of Assisi, Gabriel the Archangel
telephones Clare of Assisi, Gabriel the Archangel
television workers Gabriel the Archangel
television writers Clare of Assisi
tent makers Paul, Apostle
tertiaries Elizabeth of Hungary, Elizabeth of Portugal, Ferdinand III of Castile
the Internet Isidore of Seville
the O'Neill clan Mura McFeredach
the recently dead Gertrude of Nivelles
thieves Nicholas of Myra
tile makers Fiacre, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Roch
tilers Barbara
tin miners Joseph of Arimathea, Piran
tin smiths; tinsmiths Joseph of Arimathea
to have male children Felicity
to obtain lodgings while travelling Gertrude of Nivelles, Julian the Hospitaller
tool makers Eligius (Eloi)
torture victims Agatha, Alban, Bibiana, Charles Lwanga, Eulalia
toy makers Claude de la Columbiere
translators Jerome
transportation, transportation workers Christopher
trappers Bartholomew the Apostle, Eustachius, Hubert of Liege
travel hostesses Anthony of Padua
travelling merchants Menas
treaties Pancras
treaties between the Popes and Frankish emperors Petronilla
truckers, truck drivers, lorry drivers Christopher
truss makers Foillan
tuberculosis, consumption Pantaleon, Therese of Lisieux
turners Anne, Catherine of Alexandria, Claude de la Columbiere

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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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