Patron Saints: 'U'
|U.S. Army Field Artillery||St. Barbara|
|U.S. National Catholic Rural Conference||Isidore the Farmer|
|Uganda||Mary, Queen of Africa|
|Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Stamford, Connecticut, USA||Volodymyr the Great|
|Ulcers; Ulcer Sufferers, protection against||Charles Borromeo, Job|
|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|
|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.