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Haarlem, Nederlands
Haemorrhage
Haemorrhoid sufferers
Hail
Magnus of Fussen
Hainault, Belgium
Waltude
Haiti
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Hanging; Hanged People, protection against
Hawaii, USA
Mary, Queen of Peace
Headaches
Teresa of Avila, Denis, Bishop of Paris
Health inspectors
Health service, public
Heart patients
Hernia sufferers
Cathal
Hesitation, protection against
High command, Spanish
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Highways, motorways
Hirnant, Powys, Wales
Hoarseness
Hoarseness, protection against
Holland
Holland, the Nederlands, the Netherlands
Holy Name Society; Confraternity of the Most Holy Name of God and Jesus
John of Vercelli
Honduras
Our Lady of Suyapa, Our Lady of Suyapa
Hopeless (or desperate) cases
Jude, Rita of Cascia, Gregory the Wonderworker
Horse-riders
Horses
Eligius (Eloi), Martin of Tours, Hippolytus
Horticulturalists
Hoteliers
Gentian
Hoteliers (Italian)
Hotelkeepers
Amand
House hunting
Housewives
Anne (Mother of Mary), Martha
Hungary
Stephen, Mary, Great Queen of Hungary
Hunters
Hubert, Eustachius
Hydrophobia, or rabies
Hubert, Ubald
hangovers
happy meetings
harness makers
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Eligius (Eloi)
harvesters
harvests
Anthony of Padua, Florian, Jodocus, Medard of Noyon, Walburga
hatmakers, hatters, milliners
haymakers
Gervase, Protase
head injuries
John Licci
health
Infant Jesus of Prague
heart patients
hermits, recluses
hernia
Alban of Mainz, Cosmas and Damian, Drogo, Gummarus
herpes
hogs, pigs, swine
homeless people, hoboes, tramps
homemakers, housewives, housekeepers
Anne, Martha, Monica, Zita
horned animals
horse men, riders, equestrians
hosiers
hospital administrators
hospital public relations
hospitality, hospitallers
house hunters or sellers
human race, people

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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