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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
Laborers
Isidore the Farmer, James the Greater
Labour, Italian Knights of
Benedict, Abbot
Lacemakers
Luke
Lame, the
Giles
Landulph, Cornwall
Cybi
Langres cathedral
Marcellus
Lanhydroc, Cornwall
Hydroc
Latin America
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rose of Lima
Latin American bishops
Turibius
Law, schools or faculties of
Raymond of Pennafort
Lawyers
Thomas More, Yves, Raymond of Pennafort, Ivo of Kermartin
Lay Apostolate
Paul, Apostle
Leaping
Venantius
Learning
Ambrose, Catherine of Alexandria
Leatherworkers
Crispin and Crispinian
Lecce, Italy
Bernadine Realino
Lecturers
Justin Martyr
Lennox, Scotland
Kessog
Lens, France
Wulganus
Lepers
Giles
Lesotho
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Librarians, libraries
Jerome, Catherine of Alexandria
Liege, Belgium
Hubert of Liege
Lighthouse keepers
Venerius
Lightning, protection against
Magnus of Fussen, Vitus
Limerick, Ireland
Munchin
Linz, Austria
Florian
Lithuania
Casimir, Cunegund, Hyacinth
Living Rosary
Philomena
Llanbrothen, Wales
Brothen
Llandunwyd, Glamorgan
Donat
Llangibby, Monmouthshire, Wales
Cybi
Llangybi, Cardigan, Wales
Cybi
Llanover, Gwent, Wales
Gorfor
Llanrhyddlad, Anglesey, Wales
Rhuddlad
Loc-Har, Brittany, France
Hernan
Lorraine
Nicholas of Myra
Lost articles
Anthony of Padua
Lost or desperate causes
Jude
Louisiana, USA
Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Lourdes
Bernadette of Lourdes
Lovers
Valentine
Lugo, Spain
Foillan
Luxembourg
Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted
Léon, Spain
Foillan
lamp makers
Our Lady of Loreto
last sacraments
Stanislaus Kostka
laundry workers, laundresses, washerwomen
Clare of Assisi, Lawrence
lawsuits
Agia
lawsuits lost unjustly
Nicholas of Myra
lay brothers
Gerard Majella
lay people, laity
Frances of Rome, Paul, Apostle
lead workers
Sebastian
lectors
Bede the Venerable, Pollio, Sabas
leg disease or trouble
Servatus
liberal arts
Catherine of Bologna
linguists
Gotteschalk
lions
Mark the Apostle
lithographers
John the Apostle
liturgy
Joseph Mary Tomasi
livestock
Isidore the Farmer
locksmiths
Dunstan, Eligius (Eloi), Leonard of Noblac, Peter the Apostle
longevity, long life
Peter the Apostle
loss of milk by nursing mothers
Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch
loss of parents, mother, father
Dymphna, Gemma Galgani, Germaine Cousin, Jeanne Marie de Maille, Laura Vicuna, Louise de Marillac, Margaret of Cortona, Margaret Mary Alacoque, Marguerite Bourgeous, Maria Goretti
lost keys, against losing keys
Zita
lost vocations
Gotteschalk
lumbago
Lawrence
lungs; chest; respiratory problems
Bernardine of Siena

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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