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Faculties of law Raymond of Pennafort
Fahan, Ireland Mura McFeredach
Falling Venantius
Falsely accused Raymond Nonnatus
Famine, protection against Walburga
Farm labourers (Spain, Canada, Mexico) Isidore the Farmer
Farm workers Benedict, Abbot
Farmers Isidore the Farmer
Farmers, Italian Benedict, Abbot
Fathers Joseph
Ferrara, Italy George
Fervent First Communion Bl Imelda
Fever Genevieve (Genofeva)
Finland Henry of Finland
Fire (danger from) Agatha, Nicholas of Tolentino
Fire fighters Florian, John of God
Fire prevention Catherine of Siena, Agatha
Firemen (Italian) Barbara
First Communicants Tarcisius
Fishermen Andrew, Apostle, Peter
Fleury-sur-Loire Drogo
Fliers Our Lady of Loreto
Flight attendants Bona
Flight crew Our Lady of Loreto
Flood Gregory the Wonderworker, Florian
Florence, Italy John the Baptist, Zenobius
Florentine cheese merchants Bartholomew the Apostle
Florentine salt merchants Bartholomew the Apostle
Florida Our Lady of La Leche
Florists, flower growers Therese of Lisieux, Rose of Lima, Bl. Rose of Viterbo
Flying Joseph of Cupertino, Elijah
Flying, all involved in Our Lady of Loreto
Foresters John Gualbert
Forli, Italy James Salomone
Fosses, Belgium Foillan
Foundlings Holy Innocents
Fragalata, Sicily Calogerus, Demetrius, Gregory
France Joan of Arc, Laurent (Lawrence), Mary, on feast of her Assumption, Bishop of Paris, Therese of Lisieux
Franciscan Lay Didacus
Franciscan laity Didacus
Franciscan tertiaries Louis
French Commissariat Ambrose of Milan
French monarchs Louis IX
Frenzy, protection against Denis, Peter the Apostle, Ulric
Frost, protection against Urban of Langres
Funeral directors Joseph of Arimathea
fainting, faintness Urban of Langres, Ursus of Ravenna, Valentine
faith in the Blessed Sacrament Anthony of Padua
families Francis of Assisi, Joseph, Maximillian Kolbe
family happiness or harmony Dymphna, Ksenya Blazhennaya
family life Infant Jesus of Prague
farriers, horseshoe makers Eligius (Eloi), John the Baptist
fear of insects Gratus of Aosta
fear of mice or rats Gertrude of Nivelles
fear of night Giles
fear of snakes Patrick
fear of the Lord Holy Spirit
fear of wasps Friard
fencing Michael the Archangel
ferrymen Julian the Hospitaller
fiddlers, fiddle players Julian the Hospitaller
file makers Theodosius the Cenobriarch
final perseverance Alphonsus de Liguori
financial officers Matthew the Apostle
fireworks and fireworks manufacturers Barbara
fish Neot
fish dealers, fishmongers Andrew, Apostle, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Magnus, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
fistula Fiacre
flour merchants Honorius of Amiens
foot problems; feet problems Peter the Apostle, Servatus
for good weather Agricola of Avignon, Clare of Assisi, Medard of Noyon
for rain Agricola of Avignon, Eulalia, Heribert of Cologne, Isidore the Farmer, Julian of Cuenca, Odo, Theodore of Sykeon
foreign missions Francis Xavier, Infant Jesus of Prague, Peter Claver, Therese of Lisieux
forgotten people Jeanne de Chantal
fortifications Barbara
fortitude Holy Spirit
founders Barbara
freedom Infant Jesus of Prague
friendships John the Apostle
fruit dealers Christopher
fugitives Bridgid of Ireland
fullers Anastasius the Fuller, Christopher, James the Lesser, Apostle
furriers Hubert of Liege, James the Greater

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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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