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Babies
The Holy Innocents, Maximus, Nicholas of Tolentino, Philip of Zell
Bad Weather, protection against
Bakers
Elizabeth of Hungary, Nicholas of Myra, Honoratus
Bankers
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
Baume-les-Messieurs
Bavaria
Bee Keepers
Begerin, Ireland
Beggars
Belgium
Bellmakers
Benedictine oblates
Henry the Emperor
Benevento, Italy
Bergamo, Italy
Alexander of Bergamo
Bergen, Norway
Sunniva
Bible scholars
Birds
Gall
Birth Complications, protection against
Bishops of Latin America
Turibius
Blight, protection against
Urban of Langres
Blood banks
Blood donors
Our Lady of the Thorns
Bodily ills
Our Lady of Lourdes
Bolivia
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
Bookbinders
Celestine V (pope), John of God
Bookkeepers
Bordeaux, France
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boy Scouts
Boys, young
Brazil
Nossa senhora de Aparecida, Peter of Alcantara
Breast-feeding
Brescia, Italy
Faustinus
Brewers
Augustine of Hippo, Luke, Nicholas of Myra, Amand, Wenceslaus
Bricklayers
Brides
Nicholas of Myra
Bridges
Brigands (danger from)
Brittany
Ivo of Kermartin
Broadcasters
Bruises and Bruising, protection against
Amalburga
Building trade
Burgos, Spain
Bursars
Business people
Businesswomen
Button makers
Louis
Byzantine Eparchy of Van Nuys, Arizona, USA
Holy Protection of the Mother of God
bachelors
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
Agrippina
bailiffs
Ivo of Kermartin
bakers of holy wafers
bartenders, bar keepers, bar staff
Amand
bees
Ambrose of Milan, Bernard of Clairvaux, Modomnoc
bell-founders
Agatha, Fortchern of Trim
belt makers
Alexius
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
blackbirds
bodily purity
boilermakers
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
broommakers
Anne
brushmakers
Antony the Abbot
bus drivers
butchers
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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