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Patron Saints: I

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
Iceland
Anskar, Thorlac
Iceland
St. Thorlac Thorhallsson
Idaho
Our Lady of Limerick
Illinois
Our Lady of the Universe
Illness (mental)
Dymphna
Immigrants
Frances Xavier Cabrini
Impenitence, protection against
Barbara, Mark the Evangelist
Imperia Italy
Leonard of Port Maurice
Impossible Cases
Rita of Cascia
India
Mary, Patron of India, Frances Xavier Cabrini, Rose of Lima, Thomas, Apostle
Indian missions in Ecuador
Our Lady of Agua Santa de Bańos
Indiana
Our Lady of Providence
Indiscretions, protection against
John Nepomucene
Infantry
Martin of Tours
Infantry, Spanish
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Infertility
Rita of Cascia
Inflammatory Diseases, protection against
Benedict
Information Workers
Archangel Gabriel
Innkeepers
Gentian
Innocent people (falsely accused)
Raymond Nonnatus
Insanity
Dymphna
Insects, protection against
Dominic of Silos
Invalids
Roch
Iowa
Mary of Nazareth
Ireland
Patrick, Columba, Bridgid of Ireland
Isle of Man
Maughold
Istanbul (Constantinople)
John Chrysostom, George, Roch
Istanbul, Turkey; Constantinople
George, John de Britto, Roch
Italy
Bernardine of Siena, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of Loreto, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of the Snows
in-law problems
Adelaide, Elizabeth of Hungary, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Godelieve, Jeanne de Chantal, Jeanne Marie de Maille, Ludmila, Pulcheria
incest victims
Dymphna, Laurent (Lawrence)
infantrymen
Maurice
innocence
Hallvard
inquisitors
Peter of Verona
insect bites
Mark the Apostle, Narcissus
inter-racial justice, race relations, racial harmony
Martin de Porres, Peter Claver
interior souls
Joseph
invoked in time of war
Elizabeth of Portugal
ions, Chinese
Joseph
iron mongers, hardware, hardware stores
Sebastian

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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