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AIDS care-givers
Abandoned children
Ivo of Kermartin, Jerome Emiliani
Abbeville, France
Wulfram of Sens
Abdominal pains
Abingdon, England
Edmund Rich of Abingdon
Abortion, protection against
Abruzzi region of Italy
Academies, Roman Catholic
Acadians, Cajuns
Our Lady of the Assumption
Accused (falsely)
Advertisers, advertising
Ivo of Kermartin
Africa, Central
Africa, North
Cyprian of Carthage
African Catholic Youth Action
Against Mice, protection against
Agirone, Sicily
Air crew
Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, Belgian
Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, Spanish
Our Lady of Loreto
Air force, Argentinian
Our Lady of Loreto
Air travelers
Airborne (Paratroopers)
Alabama USA
Our Lady of the Gulf
Alaska USA
Our Lady of the Kodiak and the Islands
Mary, Mother of Good Counsel
Albi, France
Alcala, Spain
Justus and Pastor
Alcira, Valencia, Spain
Bernard, Gracia, Mary
Alessandro, Italy
Alexandria, Egypt
Alezio, Italy
Our Lady of the Assumption
Cyprian of Carthage
Alpine troops
Altar servers
Amalfi, Italy
Ambassadors, Argentinian
American Indians, Native Americans
Ammunition/Ordnance /explosive workers
Ancona, Italy
Anderlecht, Belgium
Andorran security forces
Our Lady Help of Christians
Animals, danger from
Animals, domestic
Antony the Abbot
Antwerp, Belgium
Aosta, Italy
Gratus of Aosta
Apoplexy (Strokes)
Apostleship of Prayer
Aquila, Italy
Our Lady of Arabia
Aragon, Spain
Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, USA
Archdiocese of Tuam, Ireland
Architects, Italian
Benedict, Abbot
Architects, Spanish
Our Lady of Bethlehem
Our Lady of Lujan
Argentinian military chaplains
Our Lady of Lujan
Our Lady of the Highways
Our Lady of the Holy Souls
Bartholomew, Gregory the Illuminator
Arms dealers
Adrian of Nicomedia
Army of the Andes
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Army, Argentinian
Our Lady of Mercy
Army, Ecuadorian
Our Lady of Mercy
Luke, Catherine of Bologna, Bl (Fra) Angelico
Artois region
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Asia Minor
Assisi, Italy
Asylums (for the mentally ill)
Our Lady Help of Christians
Australian military chaplains
Our Lady Help of Christians
Authority, persons in
Avenay, Champagne, France
Tressan of Mareuil
Aviators, aviation
Agricola of Avignon, Benezet
Aynac, France
abuse victims
Adelaide, Agostina Pietrantoni, Fabiola, Germaine Cousin, Godelieve, Jeanne de Lestonnac, Jeanne Marie de Maille, John Baptist de la Salle, Laura Vicuna, Margaret the Barefooted
affianced couples, betrothed couples, engaged couples
Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena, Valentine
agricultural workers; farm workers; farmers; field hands; field workers; husbandmen; ranchers
Benedict, Bernard of Vienne, Eligius (Eloi), Isidore the Farmer, Notburga, Phocas the Gardener, Walstan
John of God, Martin of Tours, Monica, Urban of Langres
ambulance drivers, emergency medical technicians, EMTs, paramedics
Anthony of Padua, Antony the Abbot
angina sufferers
animal welfare societies, humane societies
apple orchards
archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary
archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts, USA
archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary
archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
archdiocese of Cracow Poland
archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Francis of Assisi
archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland
archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, USA
archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
archdiocese of Miami, Florida
Our Lady of Charity, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Our Lady of Prompt Succor
archdiocese of New York, New York, USA
archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, USA
archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Paul, Apostle, Peter the Apostle
archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary
archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Francis of Assisi, Immaculate Heart of Mary
archdiocese of Seattle, Washington, USA
Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Immaculate Conception, Holy Angels
archivists, librarians, libraries
arm pain; pain in the arms
armies of Jalisco, Mexico
Our Lady of Zapopan
arrowsmiths; fletchers
art dealers
attorneys, lawyers, barristers
automobile drivers, automobilists, motorists
Christopher, Elijah the Prophet, Frances of Rome, Sebastian of Aparicio

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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St. Katharine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3) Born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family, Katharine became imbued with love for God and neighbor. She took an avid interest ... continue reading | shop


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St. Joseph of Cupertino

St. Joseph was born in 1603 at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the ... continue reading


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Sts. Joachim and Anne

Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled "Joachim," pronounced "wal-keem") and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes ... continue reading

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St. Pope John Paul II

Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons ... continue reading

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St. Monica

Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, is St. Augustine of Hippo's mother. She was born in 331 A.D. in Tagaste, which is present-day Algeria. When she was very young, she was married off to the Roman pagan Patricius, who shared his mother's violent temper. ... continue reading

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St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading

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St. Charles Borromeo

Saint Charles Borromeo was born on October 2, 1538 at the castle of Arona on Lake Maggiore near Milan. His father was the Count of Arona and his mother a member of the House of Medici. He was the third of six children born to the couple. At the age of 12, the young ... continue reading

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St. Cleopatra

Widow of Palestine who rescued the remains of St. Varus, martyred in some earlier persecution. She enshrined the saint's remains in her home in Dera, in Syria. When a church was dedicated to St. Varus, Cleopatra's young son died, and the saint miraculously came to ... continue reading

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St. Ignatius of Antioch: Model of Bravery, Man for our Times

By Billy Atwell

In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch.  St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the year 107.  He was torn ... continue reading

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