Patron Saints: 'G'
|Garage, or gas station, workers||Eligius (Eloi)|
|Gardeners||Adelard, Fiacre, Rose of Lima, Adam|
|Gas station workers||Eligius (Eloi)|
|Geese||Martin of Tours|
|Genoa, Italy||George, John the Baptist, Syrus of Genoa, Barbara|
|Georgia, USA||Immaculate Heart of Mary|
|Georgia, former USSR||George, Nino|
|Germany||Anskar, Michael the Archangel|
|Ghent, Belgium||Amalburga, Bavo, Macarius of Antioch, Pharaildis|
|Gibraltar||Bernard of Clairvaux|
|Girl Scouts||Agnes of Rome|
|Girls||Agnes, Maria Goretti|
|Goa, India||Francis Xavier|
|Golden-Tounges orator||Peter Chrysologus|
|Goldsmiths||Dunstan, Anastasius, Eligius (Eloi)|
|Gout; Gout Sufferers, protection against||Andrew, Apostle, Coloman, Gerebernus, Gregory the Great, Killian, Maurice, Maurus, Totnan|
|Governors||Ferdinand III of Castile|
|Gravediggers||Antony the Abbot, Joseph of Arimathea|
|Greece||Andrew, Apostle, George, Nicholas of Myra|
|Greek Catholic Church in America||Nicholas of Tolentino|
|Greek Catholic Union||Nicholas of Myra|
|Grocers||Michael the Archangel|
|Guatemala||James the Greater|
|gall stones||Benedict, Drogo, Florentius of Strasburg, Liberius|
|gambling addicts; compulsive gambling; uncontrolled gambling||Bernardine of Siena|
|geese; goose||Gall, Martin of Tours|
|gilders||Clare of Assisi, Eligius (Eloi)|
|glandular disorders||Cadoc of Llancarvan|
|glove makers||Crispin and Crispinian, Gummarus, Mary Magdalene|
|good finances||Infant Jesus of Prague|
|greeting card manufacturers||Valentine|
|grooms, bridegrooms||Louis IX, Nicholas of Myra|
|guardian angels||Raphael the Archangel|
|guardians||Gummarus, Joseph of Palestine|
|guards||Matthew the Apostle|
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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.