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U.S. Army Field Artillery St. Barbara
U.S. National Catholic Rural Conference Isidore the Farmer
Uganda Mary, Queen of Africa
Ukraine Josaphat
Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Stamford, Connecticut, USA Volodymyr the Great
Ulcers; Ulcer Sufferers, protection against Charles Borromeo, Job
Undertakers Dismas
United States Army Special Forces Philip of Agirone
United States National Rural Life Conference Isidore the Farmer
United States of America Immaculate Conception of Mary
Unity of the Eastern and Western Churches Cyril and Methodius
Universal Church Joseph, Peter the Apostle
Universities Bl. Contardo Ferrini
Universities, Catholic Thomas Aquinas
University of Oxford, England Frideswide
University of Patras, Greece Andrew, Apostle
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering Jordan of Saxony
Unmarried women Nicholas of Myra
Upper Auvergne Gerald of Aurillac
Urban University, Rome Oliver Plunket
Uruguay Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Lujan, Philip and James, Apostles
Utah, USA Our Lady of the Snows
unattractive people Drogo, Germaine Cousin
unborn children Gerard Majella, Joseph
understanding Holy Spirit
upholsterers Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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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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