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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.

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Patronage / Saints
Haarlem, Nederlands
Haemorrhoid sufferers
Magnus of Fussen
Hainault, Belgium
Martin de Porres, Cosmas and Damian
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Hanging; Hanged People, protection against
Colman of Stockerau
Hawaii, USA
Mary, Queen of Peace
Teresa of Avila, Denis, Bishop of Paris
Health inspectors
Raphael the Archangel
Health service, public
Martin de Porres
Heart patients
John of God
Hernia sufferers
Hesitation, protection against
High command, Spanish
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Highways, motorways
John the Baptist
Hirnant, Powys, Wales
Bernardine of Siena
Hoarseness, protection against
Bernardine of Siena, Maurus
Holland, the Nederlands, the Netherlands
Bavo, Plechelm, Willibrord
Holy Name Society; Confraternity of the Most Holy Name of God and Jesus
John of Vercelli
Our Lady of Suyapa, Our Lady of Suyapa
Hopeless (or desperate) cases
Jude, Rita of Cascia, Gregory the Wonderworker
Martin of Tours
Eligius (Eloi), Martin of Tours, Hippolytus
Adam, Fiacre
Camillus de Lellis, John of God, Vincent de Paul
Hoteliers (Italian)
House hunting
Anne (Mother of Mary), Martha
Stephen, Mary, Great Queen of Hungary
Hubert, Eustachius
Hydrophobia, or rabies
Hubert, Ubald
Louis IX, Michael the Archangel
happy meetings
Raphael the Archangel
harness makers
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Eligius (Eloi)
Peter the Apostle
Anthony of Padua, Florian, Jodocus, Medard of Noyon, Walburga
hatmakers, hatters, milliners
Barbara, Clement I, James the Lesser, Apostle, Michael the Archangel, Severus of Avranches
Gervase, Protase
head injuries
John Licci
Bridgid of Ireland
Infant Jesus of Prague
heart patients
John of God
hermits, recluses
Anthony the Abbott, Giles
Alban of Mainz, Cosmas and Damian, Drogo, Gummarus
hogs, pigs, swine
Anthony the Abbott
holy death
Andrew Avellino, Christopher, Joseph, Michael the Archangel, Ursula
homeless people, hoboes, tramps
Benedict Joseph Labre, Edwin, Elizabeth of Hungary, Lufthild, Margaret of Cortona
homemakers, housewives, housekeepers
Anne, Martha, Monica, Zita
horned animals
Guy of Anderlecht
horse men, riders, equestrians
Anne, George, James the Greater, Martin of Tours
hospital administrators
Basil the Great, Frances Xavier Cabrini
hospital public relations
Paul, Apostle
hospital workers
Camillus de Lellis, John of God, Jude Thaddeus, Vincent Ferrer
hospitality, hospitallers
Julian the Hospitaller, Meinrad
house hunters or sellers
human race, people
Mary, Mother of God

More on Patron Saints

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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