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Madrid & Alcala
Justus and Pastor, Isidore the Farmer
Maine, USA
Our Lady fo Peace
Majorca city
Alonso Rodriguez
Majorca island
Alonso Rodriguez
Marble workers
Clement I, Four crowned martyrs, Louis
Marching Auxiliaries
Marines (Italian)
Maritime pilots
Nicholas of Myra
Maronites, Maronite Christians
Marriages (unhappy)
Married women
Maryland, USA
Our Lady of the Assumption
Thomas, Apostle, Four crowned martyrs, Louis
Massachusetts, USA
Our Lady of the Incarnation
Medal collectors
Eligius (Eloi)
Medical profession
Medical technicians
Mentally ill
Francis of Assisi, Nicholas of Myra, Homobonus
Merchants, Italian
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Eligius (Eloi)
Metz, France
Mexican young people
Mexico City, Mexico
Michigan, USA
Our Lady, Gate of Heaven
Ambrose of Milan
Milliners (Hatmakers)
Mine Collapse, protection against
Anne (Mother of Mary), Barbara
Minnesota, USA
Our Lady, Mother of the Church
Miscarriage prevention
Miscarriages, protection against
Missionary priests
Missioners in Catholic Lands
Missioners of the Precious Blood
Missions, Polish
Maria Teresa Ledochowska (Bd)
Missions, Portuguese
Mississippi, USA
Our Lady of Sorrows
Missouri, USA
Our Lady of Calvary
Mixed race, people of
Moles, protection against
Monarchy, French
Mongolia, Inner
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Mongolia, Outer
Mons, Belgium
Montana, USA
Our Lady of the Pines
Monte Marano
Montefalco, Italy
Montesanto, Italy
Moral theologians
Mary, The Madonna of Castaliazzo or Our Lady of Grace and of Crete
Mountaineers, mountain climbers
Mullion, Cornwall
Melaine of Rennes
Munich, Germany
Music, musicians
Hubert of Liege
market carriers
married couples
martyrs, murdered as confessors of the faith or for moral integrity
Afra, Agatha, Agostina Pietrantoni, Alodia, Barbara, Cecilia, Dymphna, Felicity, Flora of Cordoba, Joan of Arc
Barbara, Hubert of Liege
medical record librarians
medical social workers
John Regis
mental health professionals, caregivers, psychiatrists, therapists
metal collectors, precious metal collectors
Eligius (Eloi)
migraine; against migraines; migraine sufferers
Gereon, Severus of Avranches, Ubald Baldassini
military engineers
Agricola of Avignon
missionary bishops
money managers
mountain travellers
mulattoes, bi-racial or multi-racial people
Caedwalla, Julian the Hospitaller, Nicholas of Myra, Vladimir
musical instrument makers
mute people, muteness, dumbness
mystics, mystical theology

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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St. Elizabeth of Hungary

St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose ... continue reading


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St. Catherine of Alexandria

St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr whose feast day is November 25th. She is the patroness of philosophers and preachers. St. Catherine is believed to have been born in ... continue reading


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St. Padre Pio

St. Padre Pio was an Italian priest who was known for his piety and charity as well as for the gift of the stigmata, which has never been explained. St. Padre Pio was born Francesco ... continue reading

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St. Daria

There is very little known about them. Chrysanthus was an Egyptian, son of a Patrician, Polemius. He was brought to Rome from Alexandria during the reign of Numerian, and despite the objections of ... continue reading

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Female Saints

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St. Gemma Galgani

Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. She made her First Communion on June 17, 1887. As a pupil at the school run by the Sisters of St. Zita, Gemma was loved by her teachers ... continue reading

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St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading

Saints Fun Facts

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St. Peter Claver

St. Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, in 1580, of impoverished parents descended from ancient and distinguished families. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at Tarragona in 1602 and took his final vows on August ... continue reading

Saints Fun Facts for St. Monica

St. Monica

Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, is St. Augustine of Hippo's mother. She was born in 331 A.D. in Tagaste, which is present-day Algeria. When she was very young, she was married off to the Roman pagan Patricius, who shared his mother's violent temper. ... continue reading

Christian Saints & Heroes

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St. Ignatius of Antioch: Model of Bravery, Man for our Times

By Billy Atwell

In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch.  St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the year 107.  He was torn ... continue reading

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