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Cab drivers
Cagliari, Italy
Saturninus of Cagliari
Cake makers
Our Lady of the Wayside
Caltanissett, Sicily
Cambridge University
Anne (Mother of Mary), Joseph, The martyrs of North America
Cancer Patients
Michael Argemir
Cancer victims
Bernard of Valdeiglesias
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
Cartagena, Spain
Cashel, Ireland
Castelabbate Italy
Constabilis of Cava
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
Cattle breeders
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
Alexander the charcoal-burner
Charitable societies
Chemists (pharmacists)
Chilblains, protection against
Basilissa, Genesius of Arles
Childless women
Anne (Mother of Mary)
Children of Mary
Children, desire for
Children, illegitimate
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, James the Greater
Chilean army
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Chilean navy
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Mary, Queen of China
Choirboys, choirs
Christian Mothers
Anne (Mother of Mary)
Church in North Africa
Church in the eastern Mediterranean
Cingoli, Italy
Cistercian Order
Our Lady of the Assumption
Civil Servants
Gabriel Possenti
Clergy, Diocesan
Clergy, Parochial
Clermont (formerly Averna), France
Cloyne, Ireland
Coin collectors
Eligius (Eloi)
Cold or Cold Weather, protection against
Maurus, Sebaldus
Colegio Capranica Seminary of Rome
Peter Claver, Louis Betrand, Our Lady of Chiquinquira
Immaculate Mary, Francis of Assisi
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
Notre Dame of Easton
Construction workers
Contagious diseases
Conze (Conza), Italy
Abdon and Sennen
Cordoba, Spain
Corfu (Kerkira) Island, Greece
Arsenius of Corfu, Spyridon
Cork, Ireland
Corleone, Sicily
Cornwall, England
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
Cramps, protection against
Cremona, Italy
Crops, protection of
Magnus of Fussen
La Virgen de la Caridad (Our Lady of Charity), Virgin de Regla
Cuby, Cornwall
Cursillo movement
Customs officers
carnival workers, carnies
carriage makers
Eligius (Eloi)
cartwrights; cart makers
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
children's choir
Dominic Savio, Holy Innocents
children's nurses
chimney sweeps
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
compositors; typesetters
computers, computer users, computer technicians, pc technicians
Honorius of Amiens, Joseph, Lawrence, Macarius the Younger
confessions, to make a good one
conscientious objectors
contemplatives, contemplative life
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
Holy Spirit
Charles the Good, Gerald of Aurillac
craftsmen who work with a wheel (potters, spinners, etc.)

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. Martin de Porres

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St. Thomas

St. Thomas was born a Jew and was called to be one of the twelve Apostles. His birth and death dates are unknown, but his feast day is celebrated July 3. He lived before the formal ... continue reading


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St. Philomena

Little is known of St. Philomena's life and she is the only Saint to have revealed her story via private revelation. She was martyred at about 14-years-old in the early days of the ... continue reading

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St. Anthony Mary Claret

Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill ... continue reading

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St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena was born during the outbreak of the plague in Siena, Italy on March 25, 1347. She was the 25th child born to her mother, although half of her brothers and sisters did not survive childhood. Catherine herself was a twin, but her sister did not ... 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. John of Kanty

The people of Olkusz in Bohemia in 1431 had every reason to be suspicious of their new pastor. They knew what a Cracow professor would think of their small rural town. But even more insulting, their town was once again being used as a dumping ground for a priest who ... continue reading

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St. Lucy

Lucy's history has been lost and all we really know for certain is that this brave woman who lived in Syracuse lost her life during the persecution of Christians in the early fourth century. Her veneration spread to Rome so that by the sixth century the whole Church ... 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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