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Earaches, protection against
Earthquakes
Emygdius, Francis Borgia, Gregory the Wonderworker
East Renfrewshire, Scotland
Conval
Ecologists, ecology
Ecuador
Sacred Heart, Mary, The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Ecuadorian army
Our Lady of Mercy
Eczema
Antony the Abbot
Edinburgh, Scotland
Education, public
Egypt
Einsiedeln, Switzerland
El Salvador
Our Lady of Peace
Eloquence, sacred
Embroiderers
Clare, Parasceva
Enemy Plots, protection against
Engineers, Italian
Benedict, Abbot
Engineers, Spanish army
Engineers, military, Italian
English Benedictines
Epidemics
Epilepsy
Equatorial Guinea
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Ergotism, aka Saint Antony's fire, protection against
Antony the Abbot
Eruptions of Mount Etna, protection against
Estremadura, Spain
Peter of Alcantara, Virgin of Guadalupe
Ethiopia
Eucharist, The
Eucharistic Guilds
Eucharistic congresses and organizations
Europe
Benedict, Abbot, Cyril and Methodius
Evil Spirits, protection against
Agrippina, Quirinus
Examination candidates
Exegetes, scriptural
Exeter College, Oxford
Blessed Virgin Mary, Peter the Apostle, Thomas of Canterbury
Expectant Mothers
Eye disorders
e of Evansville, Indiana, USA
ecumenists, unity of the Eastern and Western Churches
elderly people
empresses
Adelaide, Helena, Pulcheria
enemies of religion
engineers
Ferdinand III of Castile, Joseph, Patrick, Patrick, Ferdinand III
enlightenment
Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Good Counsel
eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles for Maronites
Our Lady of Lebanon
eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn for the Maronites
Maron
erysipelas
Anthony the Abbott, Benedict, Ida of Nivelles
escape from devils
evangelists
excluded people
exiles, people in exile
Adelaide, Angela Truszkowska, Arthelais, Clotilde, Epipodius, Jeanne Marie de Maille, Joaquina Vedruna de Mas, Kateri Tekakwitha, Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch, Rose of Viterbo
expeditious or prompt solutions; against procrastination

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. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. Such had been his progress ... continue reading

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St. Francis Xavier

FRANCIS XAVIER, ST. (1506-1552). Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris 1525, secured his ... continue reading

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St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More, Martyr (Patron of Lawyers) St. Thomas More was born at London in 1478. After a thorough grounding in religion and the classics, he entered Oxford to study law. Upon ... continue reading

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Mary the Blessed Virgin

Mary, also known as St. Mary the Virgin, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Mary, Mary Mother of God or the Virgin Mary is believed by many to be the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother "was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and ... 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 Joseph of the Cross

St. John Joseph of the Cross was born about the middle of the seventeenth century in the beautiful island of Ischia, near Naples. From his childhood he was the model of virtue, and in his sixteenth year he entered the Franciscan Order of the Strictest Observance, or ... continue reading

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St. Catherine de Ricci

St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of prayer, and in her sixth year, her father placed her in the convent of ... continue reading



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