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The Holy Innocents, Maximus, Nicholas of Tolentino, Philip of Zell
Bad Weather, protection against
Elizabeth of Hungary, Nicholas of Myra, Honoratus
Matthew, Bernardino of Feltre
Barcelona, Spain
Our Lady of Mercy
Bari, Italy
Nicholas, Sabinus
Barra, Scotland
Barrel makers
Abdon and Sennen
Barren women
Anthony of Padua, Felicity
Basket makers
Antony the Abbot
Battle, protection against
Bee Keepers
Begerin, Ireland
Benedictine oblates
Henry the Emperor
Benevento, Italy
Bergamo, Italy
Alexander of Bergamo
Bergen, Norway
Bible scholars
Birth Complications, protection against
Bishops of Latin America
Blight, protection against
Urban of Langres
Blood banks
Blood donors
Our Lady of the Thorns
Bodily ills
Our Lady of Lourdes
Francis Solano, Our Lady of Capucdana (Virgin de la Candelaria), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Virgin de la Candelaria, Virgin of Copacabana, La Virgen de Copacabana (Virgin of Copacabana)
Bolivian navy
Our Lady of Charity
Bologna, Italy
Bombay, India
Book trade
Celestine V (pope), John of God
Bordeaux, France
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boy Scouts
Boys, young
Nossa senhora de Aparecida, Peter of Alcantara
Brescia, Italy
Augustine of Hippo, Luke, Nicholas of Myra, Amand, Wenceslaus
Nicholas of Myra
Brigands (danger from)
Ivo of Kermartin
Bruises and Bruising, protection against
Building trade
Burgos, Spain
Business people
Button makers
Byzantine Eparchy of Van Nuys, Arizona, USA
Holy Protection of the Mother of God
Benedict, Benezet, Boniface of Tarsus, Caesarius of Nanzianzen, Casimir of Poland, Christopher, Cuthman, Epipodius, Gerald of Aurillac, Guy of Anderlecht
backward children
bacterial disease and infection
Ivo of Kermartin
bakers of holy wafers
bartenders, bar keepers, bar staff
Ambrose of Milan, Bernard of Clairvaux, Modomnoc
Agatha, Fortchern of Trim
belt makers
betrayal victims
Epipodius, Flora of Cordoba, Oswin, Philip Howard, Pulcheria
bicyclists, cyclists, bicycle riders
La Madonna di Ghisalo
bird dealers
birth pains
black people, Negroes, African-Americans
bodily purity
Eligius (Eloi)
bomb technicians
boot blacks, shoe shiners
Nicholas of Myra
bowel disorders
box makers
brass workers
breast cancer
breast disease, invoked against
brick makers
broken bones
Drogo, Stanislaus Kostka
Antony the Abbot
bus drivers
Adrian of Nicomedia, Antony the Abbot, Bartholomew the Apostle, George, Lawrence, Luke the Apostle, Peter the Apostle, Thomas Bellacci, Antony the Abbot, Luke

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. Sebastian

Nothing is known about St. Sebastian's youth other than the fact he may have come from southern France and he was educated in Milan. He joined the Roman Army in 283 AD, ostensibly to be of ... continue reading | shop


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St. Teresa of Avila

Teresa of Ávila was born Teresa Ali Fatim Corella Sanchez de Capeda y Ahumada in Ávila, Spain. Less than twenty years before Teresa was born in 1515, Columbus opened up the Western ... continue reading | shop


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St. Therese of Lisieux

Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the "Little Flower", and found in her short life more inspiration for their own lives than in volumes by theologians. ... continue reading | shop

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St. Hilarion

Abbot and disciple of St. Anthony the Great, companion of St. Hesychius. He was born in Tabatha, Palestine, and was educated in Alexandria, Egypt. He stayed with St. Anthony in the desert there ... continue reading

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St. Bernadette

St. Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844. Her parents were very poor and she was the first of nine children. She was baptized at St. Pierre's, the local parish church, on January 9. As a toddler, Bernadette contracted cholera and suffered extreme ... 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. Marian

When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by the Visigoths. St. Mamertinus gave him the habit, and the novice ... continue reading

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St. Lydwine

St. Lydwine is the patroness of sickness Lydwine of Schiedam was born at Schiedam, Holland, one of nine children of a working man. After an injury in her youth, she became bedridden and suffered the rest of her life from various illnesses and diseases. She experienced ... continue reading

Christian Saints & Heroes

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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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