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Faculties of law
Fahan, Ireland
Falsely accused
Famine, protection against
Farm labourers (Spain, Canada, Mexico)
Farm workers
Benedict, Abbot
Farmers, Italian
Benedict, Abbot
Ferrara, Italy
Fervent First Communion
Bl Imelda
Henry of Finland
Fire (danger from)
Fire fighters
Fire prevention
Firemen (Italian)
First Communicants
Our Lady of Loreto
Flight attendants
Flight crew
Our Lady of Loreto
Gregory the Wonderworker, Florian
Florence, Italy
Florentine cheese merchants
Florentine salt merchants
Our Lady of La Leche
Florists, flower growers
Therese of Lisieux, Rose of Lima, Bl. Rose of Viterbo
Flying, all involved in
Our Lady of Loreto
John Gualbert
Forli, Italy
James Salomone
Fosses, Belgium
Holy Innocents
Fragalata, Sicily
Calogerus, Demetrius, Gregory
Franciscan Lay
Franciscan laity
Franciscan tertiaries
French Commissariat
Ambrose of Milan
French monarchs
Frenzy, protection against
Frost, protection against
Urban of Langres
Funeral directors
fainting, faintness
Urban of Langres, Ursus of Ravenna, Valentine
faith in the Blessed Sacrament
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
fear of night
fear of snakes
fear of the Lord
Holy Spirit
fear of wasps
fiddlers, fiddle players
file makers
Theodosius the Cenobriarch
final perseverance
financial officers
fireworks and fireworks manufacturers
fish dealers, fishmongers
Andrew, Apostle, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Magnus, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
flour merchants
foot problems; feet problems
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
Holy Spirit
Infant Jesus of Prague
fruit dealers
Hubert of Liege, James the Greater

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. Kateri Tekakwitha

St. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American to be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church. She was born in 1656, in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon. Her mother was an ... continue reading | shop


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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the upper class of ... continue reading | shop


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St. Thomas Aquinas

Thomas is believed to have been born in the castle of Roccasecca in the old county of the Kingdom of Sicily, which is now known as the Lazio region of Italy, in 1225. His parents were ... continue reading | shop

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St. Paul of the Cross

St. Paul of the Cross was born at Ovada in the Republic of Genoa, January 3, 1694. His infancy and youth were spent in great innocence and piety. He was inspired from on high to found a congregation; ... continue reading

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St. Genevieve

St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the ... 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. Agnes of Poitiers

Abbess and model of the conventual life. Agnes was a friend of the poet Venantius Fortunatus, who visited her in the Holy Cross convent in Poitiers, France. Recognized for her holiness and intelligence, she was named abbess of the convent by St. Radegund, a princess ... continue reading

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St. John of Avila

The Apostle of Andalusia and the spiritual advisor of St. Teresa, St. Francis Borgia, St. John of the Cross, St. Peter of Alcantara, and others. He was born on January 6, 1499, at Almodovar del Campo, Spain. After studying law at the University of Salamanca, he left ... 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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