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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
Dairy workers
Bridgid of Ireland
Dalmatia
Blaise
Dancers
Vitus
Deacons
Stephen
Deaf
Francis de Sales
Death
Michael the Archangel, Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch
Death by Artillery, protection against
Barbara
Death, happy
Joseph of Cupertino
Death, sudden
Andrew Avellino
Degree candidates
Joseph of Cupertino
Delaware, USA
Our Lady of Mercy
Denmark
Anskar
Dentists
Apollonia
Desperate situations
Jude, Gregory the Wonderworker, Rita of Cascia, Eustace
Detraction
John Nepomucene
Devil, protection against
Dionysius the Aeropagite
Diabolical possession
Cyriacus, Dymphna
Difficult situations
Eustace
Digne, France
Vincent of Digne
Dijon
Benignus of Dijon, Urban of Langres
Diocesan priests
John of Avila
Diplomatic services
Gabriel the Archangel
Disabled
Giles
Disasters
Genevieve (Genofeva)
Diseased Cattle, protection against
Beuno, Erhard of Regensburg, Roch, Sebastian
Diseases of the eye
Raphael the Archangel, Lucy
Diseases, contagious
Roch, Sebastian
Diseases, nervous
Dymphna
Dizziness or Vertigo, protection against
Ulric
Doctors
Luke, Cosmas and Damian, Pantaleon
Domestic animals
Antony the Abbot, Gerlac of Valkenburg
Domestic workers
Zita
Dominican Republic
Our Lady of Mercy
Doubters
Joseph
Draguignan, France
Rosalina of Villeneuve
Drought
Genevieve (Genofeva)
Drought relief
Herbert, Godeberta, Solange
Drowning, death or danger from
Adjutor
Druggists (pharmacists)
Cosmas and Damian
Dubrovnik
Blaise
Durham, England
Cuthbert
Dyers
Maurice
Dying
Joseph, Benedict, Abbot, James the Lesser, Apostle, Lebuin (Liafwine), Maximus, Nicholas of Tolentino
danger at sea
Erasmus (Elmo), Michael
death of children
Angela of Foligno, Clotilde, Elizabeth of Hungary, Felicity, Frances of Rome, Hedwig, Isidore the Farmer, Joaquina Vedruna de Mas, Louis IX, Perpetua
desperate, forgotten, impossible or lost causes or situations
Jude Thaddeus, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Philomena, Rita of Cascia
devotees of the Sacred Heart
Margaret Mary Alacoque
dieticians
Martha
difficult marriages
Catherine of Genoa, Elizabeth of Portugal, Fabiola, Godelieve, Gummarus, Hedwig, Helena, Louis IX, Margaret the Barefooted, Monica
diocese of Achonry, Ireland
Attracta, Nathy, Attracta
diocese of Albany, New York, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary
diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
Francis Xavier
diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ninian
diocese of Arlington, Virginia, USA
Thomas More
diocese of Austin, Texas, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Barbastro, Espańa
Raymond of Barbastro
diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Joseph
diocese of Birmingham, Alabama
Paul, Apostle
diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Augustine of Hippo
diocese of Burlington, Vermont, USA
Immaculate Conception, Patrick
diocese of Camden, New Jersey, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, USA
John the Baptist
diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, USA
John the Evangelist
diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Our Lady of Guadalupe
diocese of Columbus, Ohio, USA
Francis de Sales
diocese of Constantinople
Andrew, Apostle
diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patrick
diocese of Covington, Kentucky, USA
Paul, Apostle
diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Cuenca, Spain
Julian of Cuenca
diocese of Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Mary, Queen of Heaven, Pius X
diocese of Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Our Lady of Guadalupe, John the Baptist
diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
diocese of Elphia
Asicus
diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Therese of Lisieux
diocese of Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Assumption of the Virgin Mary
diocese of Ferns, Ireland
Aeden of Ferns
diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Patrick
diocese of Fresno, California, USA
Therese of Lisieux
diocese of Gallup, New Mexico, USA
Our Lady of Guadalupe
diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, USA
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska, USA
Blessed Virgin Mary
diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana, USA
Matthias the Apostle, Pius X
diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Francis Xavier
diocese of Guadalajara, Mexico
Our Lady of Zapopan
diocese of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Mary, Mother of God
diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Patrick
diocese of Helena, Montana, USA
Helena
diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, England
Cuthbert
diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Our Lady fo Peace
diocese of Jaca
Eurosius
diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Peter the Apostle
diocese of Jerez de la Frontera
John Grande
diocese of Joliet, Illinois, USA
Francis Xavier
diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Augustine of Hippo
diocese of Killaloe
Flannan of Killaloe
diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
Mary Immaculate, Mother of Jesus, Peter Claver
diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Peter the Apostle, Paul, Apostle
diocese of Limerick, Ireland
Munchin
diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Blessed Virgin Mary
diocese of Los Angeles, California, USA
Bibiana
diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Joseph
diocese of Marquette, Michigan, USA
Peter the Apostle
diocese of Monterey, California, USA
Our Lady of Bethlehem, Charles Borromeo
diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Joseph, Our Lady of Guadalupe
diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, USA
Mary, Mother of God
diocese of Norwich, Connecticut, USA
Anne, Patrick
diocese of Oakland, California, USA
Our Lady, Queen of the World
diocese of Ogdensburg, New York, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Stephen the Martyr
diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, USA
John the Baptist
diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Michael the Archangel, Thomas More
diocese of Peoria, Illinois, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Our Lady of Guadalupe
diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Portland, Maine, USA
Immaculate Conception, John the Baptist, Patrick
diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Our Lady of Providence, Paul, Apostle, Peter the Apostle
diocese of Pueblo, Colorado, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Therese of Lisieux
diocese of Regensburg, Germany
Erhard of Regensburg
diocese of Reno, Nevada, USA
Our Lady of the Snows
diocese of Reno, Nevada, USA
Vincent de Paul
diocese of Rockford, Illinois, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, USA
Agnes of Rome
diocese of Ross, Ireland
Fachanan
diocese of Sacramento, California, USA
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patrick
diocese of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, USA
Cloud
diocese of Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
Jude Thaddeus
diocese of Salina, Kansas, USA
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Francis of Assisi
diocese of San Bernardino, California, USA
Bernardine of Siena
diocese of San Diego, California, USA
Diego
diocese of San Jose, California, USA
Joseph
diocese of Santa Rosa, California, USA
Rose of Lima
diocese of Savannah, Georgia, USA
John the Baptist, Our Lady of Perpetual Help
diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Peter the Apostle
diocese of Sens, France
Potentian, Sabinus
diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Immaculate Conception, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Peter Claver
diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Our Lady of Guadalupe
diocese of Spokane, Washington, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Michael the Archangel
diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA
Philippine Duchesne, Pius X
diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Immaculate Heart of Mary
diocese of Superior, Wisconsin, USA
Augustine of Hippo
diocese of Sutri, Italy
Dulcissima
diocese of Syracuse, New York, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Tucson, Arizona, USA
Augustine of Hippo
diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Holy Family
diocese of Tyler, Texas, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Venice, Florida, USA
Our Lady of Mercy, Mark the Evangelist
diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Joseph
diocese of Wichita, Kansas, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Wilmington, Delaware
Francis de Sales
diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Paul, Apostle
diocese of Wurzburg
Killian
diplomats
Gabriel the Archangel
disappointing children
Clotilde, Louise de Marillac, Matilda, Monica
discretion
John Nepomucene
distillers
Louis IX, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
divorced people
Fabiola, Gummarus, Helena
dock workers, longshoremen
Nicholas of Myra
doctors, physicians
Cosmas and Damian, Luke the Apostle, Pantaleon, Raphael the Archangel
dog bites
Hubert of Liege, Vitus, Walburga, Ubald
dogs; dog lovers; dog fanciers
Hubert of Liege, Roch, Vitus
domestic workers, maids, butlers, manservants, servants
Adelelmus, Martha, Zita
doves
Denis
drapers
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
drug addiction
Maximillian Kolbe
duchesses
Hedwig, Ludmila
dukes
Henry II
dyers, cloth dyers, purplers
Lydia Purpuraria, Maurice
dying people, invoked by
Abel, Barbara, Benedict, Catherine of Alexandria, James the Lesser, Apostle, John of God, Joseph, Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch, Michael the Archangel, Nicholas of Tolentino
dysentery
Lucy of Syracuse, Polycarp
dysfunctional families
Eugene de Mazenod

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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