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Saint

Cab drivers
Cagliari, Italy
Saturninus of Cagliari
Cake makers
Honoratus
California
Our Lady of the Wayside
Caltanissett, Sicily
Cambridge University
Etheldreda
Canada
Anne (Mother of Mary), Joseph, The martyrs of North America
Cancer Patients
Michael Argemir
Cancer victims
Candelada
Bernard of Valdeiglesias
Candle-makers
Canonists, canon lawyers
Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross; Crosier Fathers; Crosier Order
Capuchin-Franciscan Province of Mid-America
Carmelite schools
Albert of Sicily
Carpenters
Cartagena, Spain
Modestus
Cashel, Ireland
Castelabbate Italy
Constabilis of Cava
Catalonia
Catania
Caterpillars, protection against
Magnus of Fussen
Catholic Action
Catholic Action (in Italy)
Paul, Apostle, Gabriel Possenti
Catholic Writers
Catholic Youth
Catholic schools, Catholic academies
Cattaro, Dalmatia
Trifone
Cattle breeders
Cavalry
Cavalry, Italian
Cebu, Philippines
El Nińo
Cemetery keepers, or caretakers
Central Africa
Central America
Our Lady of Loreto, Rose of Lima
Central and South America
Chaplains, military
Chaplains, military, Argentinian
Our Lady of Lujan
Chaplains, military, Australian
Our Lady Help of Christians
Chaplains, military, Belgian
Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces
Chaplains, military, Philippine
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Chaplains, military, Spanish
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Charcoal-burners
Alexander the charcoal-burner
Charitable societies
Chemists (pharmacists)
Chilblain
Chilblains, protection against
Basilissa, Genesius of Arles
Childless women
Anne (Mother of Mary)
Children
Children of Mary
Children, desire for
Children, illegitimate
Chile
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, James the Greater
Chilean army
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Chilean navy
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
China
Mary, Queen of China
Choirboys, choirs
Cholera
Christian Mothers
Anne (Mother of Mary)
Church
Church in North Africa
Church in the eastern Mediterranean
Cingoli, Italy
Sperandea
Cistercian Order
Our Lady of the Assumption
Civil Servants
Clergy
Gabriel Possenti
Clergy, Diocesan
Clergy, Parochial
Clermont (formerly Averna), France
Clothworkers
Cloyne, Ireland
Coffin-bearers
Coin collectors
Eligius (Eloi)
Cold or Cold Weather, protection against
Maurus, Sebaldus
Colegio Capranica Seminary of Rome
Colleges
Colombia
Peter Claver, Louis Betrand, Our Lady of Chiquinquira
Colorado
Immaculate Mary, Francis of Assisi
Comedians
Commissariat, French Army
Commissariat, Spanish military
Communication Workers
Communism, opposition to
Condemned criminals
Congo; Zaire; Belgian Congo
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Our Lady, Queen of Nations
Connecticut
Notre Dame of Easton
Construction workers
Contagious diseases
Conze (Conza), Italy
Cooks
Coopers
Abdon and Sennen
Cordoba, Spain
Corfu (Kerkira) Island, Greece
Arsenius of Corfu, Spyridon
Cork, Ireland
Corleone, Sicily
Leolucas
Cornwall, England
Corsica
Alexander Sauli, Devota, Julia of Corsica, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Costa Rica
Our Lady of the Angels, Our Lady of the Assumption
Council of Vatican II
Court Clerks
Craftsmen and women
Craftworkers
Cramps, protection against
Cremona, Italy
Crete
Croatia
Crops, protection of
Magnus of Fussen
Cuba
La Virgen de la Caridad (Our Lady of Charity), Virgin de Regla
Cuby, Cornwall
Cursillo movement
Customs officers
Cutlers
cabinetmakers
carnival workers, carnies
carriage makers
Eligius (Eloi)
cartwrights; cart makers
Elijah
carvers
cathedral-chapter of Langres
cemetery workers
Antony the Abbot, Callistus I
champions; invincible people; to be invincible
chastity, invoked for
chemical industry, chemical manufacturers
child abuse victims
Alodia, Germaine Cousin, Lufthild, Nunilo
childhood diseases
Aldegundis, Pharaildis
childhood intestinal diseases
childless people
children learning to speak or talk
children learning to walk
children who are late in learning to walk
Vaast
children's choir
Dominic Savio, Holy Innocents
children's nurses
Foillan
chimney sweeps
chivalry
choir boys
Dominic Savio, Gregory the Great, Holy Innocents
church cleaners
Theobald Roggeri
circus workers
city of Barbastro, Huesca. Aragón. Espańa
city of Chieti, Italy
city of Cuenca, Spain
city of Saint-Oyen, Tarentaise, France
city of Saint-Oyen, Valley of Aoste, Italy
city of Saint-Oyens, Vaud, Switzerland
city of Salzburg, Austria
city of Sutri, Italy
civil disorder, riot (against)
clock makers; watch makers
Eligius (Eloi), Peter the Apostle
clothing industry
Paul the Hermit
coal miners
coffee house owners or keepers
Drogo, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
coffin makers; casket makers
Stephen the Martyr
composers
compositors; typesetters
computers, computer users, computer technicians, pc technicians
confectioners
Honorius of Amiens, Joseph, Lawrence, Macarius the Younger
confessions, to make a good one
conscientious objectors
contemplatives, contemplative life
converts
Afra, Alban, Anne Line, Boniface of Tarsus, Caedwalla, Charles Lwanga, Edwin, Flora of Cordoba, Genesius, Helena
cooks, chefs
Lawrence, Macarius the Younger, Martha, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Paschal Baylon
corn chandlers
coughs; against
council
Holy Spirit
councilmen
counts
Charles the Good, Gerald of Aurillac
courtiers
cowherds
craftsmen who work with a wheel (potters, spinners, etc.)
criminals

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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