Patron Saints: 'V'
|Valencia||Our Lady of the Forsaken|
|Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain||Catherine Thomas|
|Vanity, protection against||Rose of Lima|
|Vastergotland, Sweden||Helen of Skofde|
|Venezuela||Our Lady of Coromoto|
|Venezuelan National Guard||Our Lady of Chiquinquira|
|Verbal Spouse Abuse; Victims of Spouse Abuse (verbal), protection against||Anne Marie Taigi, Godelieve, Monica|
|Vermin, protection from||Magnus of Fussen|
|Vermont, USA||Our Lady of Grace|
|Veroli, Italy||Mary Salome|
|Veterinarians||Our Lady of Coromoto|
|Vienna, Austria||Clement Mary Hofbauer|
|Villareal Samar, Phillipines||Rose of Lima|
|Vilna, Lithuania||Antony of Vilna, Eustace of Vilna, John of Vilna|
|Vincentian Service Corps||Vincent de Paul|
|Vinegar makers||Vincent of Saragossa|
|Vintners||Amand, Morand, Vincent of Saragossa|
|Virginia, USA||Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles|
|Vocations||Alphonsus de Liguori|
|victims of adultery or unfaithfulness||Catherine of Genoa, Elizabeth of Portugal, Fabiola|
|victims of jealousy||Elizabeth of Portugal, Hedwig|
|vine dressers||Urban of Langres|
|virgins||Agnes of Rome, Blessed Virgin Mary|
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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.