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Patron Saints: K

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
Kae (Tzia) Island, Greece
Panagia Kastriani
Kansas
Mary, Queen of Angels
Kavala, Greece
Paul, Apostle
Kentucky
Mary, Mother of God
Kidney Disease, protection against
Benedict, Drogo, Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch, Valentine
Kilbarry, Ireland
Berach
Kilmallock, Limerick, Ireland
Mochelloc
Kinglassie, Fife, Scotland
Glastian
Knights Hospitaller
John the Baptist
Knights of Malta, Maltese Knights
John the Baptist
Korea
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Joseph
Korean clergy
Andrew Kim Taegon
kidnap victims
Arthelais, Dagobert II
kidney stones; gravel
Alban of Mainz
kings
Casimir of Poland, Dagobert II, Edwin, Henry II, Louis IX, Olaf II
knee diseases or trouble
Roch
knife grinders, knife sharpeners
Catherine of Alexandria
knights
George, James the Greater, Julian the Hospitaller, Michael the Archangel
knowledge
Holy Spirit

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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