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Gap
Arnulph
Garage, or gas station, workers
Eligius (Eloi)
Gardeners
Adelard, Fiacre, Rose of Lima, Adam
Garment workers
Gas station workers
Eligius (Eloi)
Genoa, Italy
George, John the Baptist, Syrus of Genoa, Barbara
Georgia, USA
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Georgia, former USSR
Ghent, Belgium
Amalburga, Bavo, Macarius of Antioch, Pharaildis
Girl Scouts
Glasgow, Scotland
Kentigern
Glassworkers
Glaziers
Glendalough, Ireland
Goa, India
Golden-Tounges orator
Goldsmiths
Dunstan, Anastasius, Eligius (Eloi)
Gout; Gout Sufferers, protection against
Andrew, Apostle, Coloman, Gerebernus, Gregory the Great, Killian, Maurice, Maurus, Totnan
Gozo
Gravediggers
Antony the Abbot, Joseph of Arimathea
Greece
Andrew, Apostle, George, Nicholas of Myra
Greece
Greek Catholic Church in America
Greek Catholic Union
Nicholas of Myra
Greetings
Gronigen, Nederlands
Guatemala
Gunners
gambling addicts; compulsive gambling; uncontrolled gambling
geese; goose
geometricians
gilders
Clare of Assisi, Eligius (Eloi)
glandular disorders
goitres
good finances
Infant Jesus of Prague
grandfathers
grandmothers
Anne
grandparents
Anne, Joachim
greeting card manufacturers
grooms, bridegrooms
Louis IX, Nicholas of Myra
guardian angels

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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