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Patron Saints: A

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.

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Patronage / Saints
AIDS care-givers
Aloysius Gonzaga
AIDS patients
Aloysius Gonzaga, Peregrine Laziosi, Therese of Lisieux
Abandoned children
Ivo of Kermartin, Jerome Emiliani
Abbeville, France
Wulfram of Sens
Abdominal pains
Erasmus (Elmo)
Abingdon, England
Edmund Rich of Abingdon
Abortion, protection against
Catherine of Sweden
Abruzzi region of Italy
Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Academies, Roman Catholic
Thomas Aquinas
Acadians, Cajuns
Our Lady of the Assumption
Accused (falsely)
Raymond Nonnatus
Andrew, Apostle
Genesius, Vitus
Advertisers, advertising
Bernardine of Siena
Ivo of Kermartin
Africa, Central
The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Africa, North
Cyprian of Carthage
Africa, Southern
Mary, on feast of her Assumption
African Catholic Youth Action
Charles Lwanga
Against Mice, protection against
Gertrude, Servatus, Ulric
Agirone, Sicily
Philip of Agirone
Air crew
Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, Belgian
Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, French
Mary, on feast of her Assumption
Air crew, Spanish
Our Lady of Loreto
Air force, Argentinian
Our Lady of Loreto
Air travelers
Joseph of Cupertino
Airborne (Paratroopers)
Michael the Archangel
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
Cyril of Alexandria
Alezio, Italy
Our Lady of the Assumption
Cyprian of Carthage
Alpine troops
Bernard of Montjoux (or Menthon)
Altar servers
John Berchmans
Amalfi, Italy
Andrew, Apostle
Ambassadors, Argentinian
Gabriel the Archangel
American Indians, Native Americans
Anthony of Padua
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rose of Lima
Ammunition/Ordnance /explosive workers
Erasmus (Elmo)
Ancona, Italy
Judas Cyriacus
John of Avila
Anderlecht, Belgium
Guy of Anderlecht
Andorran security forces
Our Lady Help of Christians
Rene Goupil
The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Francis of Assisi, Nicholas of Tolentino
Animals, danger from
Animals, domestic
Antony the Abbot
Antwerp, Belgium
Aosta, Italy
Gratus of Aosta
Catherine of Alexandria, Justin Martyr, Thomas Aquinas
Apoplexy (Strokes)
Andrew Avellino
Apostleship of Prayer
Francis Xavier
Cosmas and Damian
John Bosco
Aquila, Italy
Maximus of Aquila
Our Lady of Arabia
Aragon, Spain
Agathoclia, Braulio, George
Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Louis IX
Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, USA
Francis of Assisi
Archdiocese of Tuam, Ireland
Barbara, Thomas, Apostle
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
Catherine of Bologna
Luke, Catherine of Bologna, Bl (Fra) Angelico
Artois region
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Asia Minor
John the Apostle
Assisi, Italy
Francis of Assisi
Joseph of Cupertino
Asylums (for the mentally ill)
Afra, Ulric
Our Lady Help of Christians
Australian military chaplains
Our Lady Help of Christians
Joseph, Maurice, Coloman, Leopold, Florian
Authority, persons in
Ferdinand III of Castile
Francis de Sales
Avenay, Champagne, France
Tressan of Mareuil
Aviators, aviation
Our Lady of Loreto, Therese of Lisieux, Joseph of Cupertino
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
Gertrude of Nivelles
adopted children
Clotilde, Thomas More, William of Rochester
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
Michael the Archangel
Anthony of Padua, Antony the Abbot
angina sufferers
animal welfare societies, humane societies
Francis of Assisi
Erasmus (Elmo)
apple orchards
Charles Borromeo
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
Albert the Great, Francis de Sales, Robert Bellarmine
archdiocese of Cracow Poland
Stanislaus of Cracow
archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Francis of Assisi
archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland
Kevin, Lawrence O'Toole
archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, USA
John Vianney, Raymond Nonnatus
archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Francis Xavier
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
Laurent (Lawrence)
archivists, librarians, libraries
Catherine of Alexandria, Jerome, Laurent (Lawrence)
arm pain; pain in the arms
armies of Jalisco, Mexico
Our Lady of Zapopan
Laurent (Lawrence)
Barbara, Dunstan, George, Laurent (Lawrence), Sebastian
arrowsmiths; fletchers
art dealers
John the Apostle
Anthony of Padua
attorneys, lawyers, barristers
Catherine of Alexandria, Genesius, Ivo of Kermartin, Mark the Evangelist, Raymond of Pennafort, Thomas More
automobile drivers, automobilists, motorists
Christopher, Elijah the Prophet, Frances of Rome, Sebastian of Aparicio

More on Patron Saints

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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