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Dairy workers
Dalmatia
Dancers
Deacons
Death by Artillery, protection against
Death, happy
Death, sudden
Degree candidates
Delaware, USA
Our Lady of Mercy
Denmark
Dentists
Desperate situations
Jude, Gregory the Wonderworker, Rita of Cascia, Eustace
Detraction
Devil, protection against
Dionysius the Aeropagite
Diabolical possession
Cyriacus, Dymphna
Difficult situations
Eustace
Digne, France
Dijon
Benignus of Dijon, Urban of Langres
Diocesan priests
Diplomatic services
Disabled
Diseased Cattle, protection against
Beuno, Erhard of Regensburg, Roch, Sebastian
Diseases of the eye
Diseases, contagious
Diseases, nervous
Dizziness or Vertigo, protection against
Domestic animals
Antony the Abbot, Gerlac of Valkenburg
Domestic workers
Dominican Republic
Our Lady of Mercy
Doubters
Draguignan, France
Rosalina of Villeneuve
Drought relief
Herbert, Godeberta, Solange
Drowning, death or danger from
Druggists (pharmacists)
Dubrovnik
Durham, England
Dyers
danger at sea
death of children
desperate, forgotten, impossible or lost causes or situations
devotees of the Sacred Heart
dieticians
difficult marriages
diocese of Achonry, Ireland
diocese of Albany, New York, USA
Immaculate Conception of Mary
diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
diocese of Arlington, Virginia, USA
diocese of Austin, Texas, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Barbastro, Espańa
diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
diocese of Birmingham, Alabama
diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
diocese of Burlington, Vermont, USA
Immaculate Conception, Patrick
diocese of Camden, New Jersey, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, USA
diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, USA
diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
diocese of Columbus, Ohio, USA
diocese of Constantinople
diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
diocese of Covington, Kentucky, USA
diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Cuenca, Spain
diocese of Des Moines, Iowa, USA
diocese of Dodge City, Kansas, USA
diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
diocese of Elphia
Asicus
diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
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
diocese of Fresno, California, USA
diocese of Gallup, New Mexico, USA
diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, USA
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska, USA
diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana, USA
diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
diocese of Guadalajara, Mexico
Our Lady of Zapopan
diocese of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
diocese of Helena, Montana, USA
diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, England
diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Our Lady fo Peace
diocese of Jaca
Eurosius
diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, USA
diocese of Jerez de la Frontera
John Grande
diocese of Joliet, Illinois, USA
diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
diocese of Killaloe
diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
diocese of Limerick, Ireland
diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
diocese of Los Angeles, California, USA
diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
diocese of Marquette, Michigan, USA
diocese of Monterey, California, USA
Our Lady of Bethlehem, Charles Borromeo
diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, USA
diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, USA
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
diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, USA
diocese of Peoria, Illinois, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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
diocese of Rockford, Illinois, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, USA
diocese of Ross, Ireland
diocese of Sacramento, California, USA
diocese of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, USA
diocese of Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
diocese of Salina, Kansas, USA
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Francis of Assisi
diocese of San Bernardino, California, USA
diocese of San Diego, California, USA
Diego
diocese of San Jose, California, USA
diocese of Santa Rosa, California, USA
diocese of Savannah, Georgia, USA
John the Baptist, Our Lady of Perpetual Help
diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
diocese of Sens, France
Potentian, Sabinus
diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Immaculate Conception, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Peter Claver
diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, USA
diocese of Spokane, Washington, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
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
diocese of Sutri, Italy
diocese of Syracuse, New York, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Tucson, Arizona, USA
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
diocese of Wichita, Kansas, USA
Immaculate Conception
diocese of Wilmington, Delaware
diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
diocese of Wurzburg
disappointing children
discretion
distillers
Louis IX, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
divorced people
dock workers, longshoremen
Nicholas of Myra
dog bites
Hubert of Liege, Vitus, Walburga, Ubald
dogs; dog lovers; dog fanciers
Hubert of Liege, Roch, Vitus
domestic workers, maids, butlers, manservants, servants
doves
Denis
drapers
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
drug addiction
duchesses
dukes
dyers, cloth dyers, purplers
dysentery
Lucy of Syracuse, Polycarp
dysfunctional families

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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