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Patronage

Saint

Oaxaca, Mexico
Our Lady of Solitude
Oblate Vocations
Our Lady of Sorrows
Oblate aspirants
Stanislaus Kostka
Oblates of Saint Joseph
Oceania
Ohio, USA
Our Lady of Consolation
Oklahoma, USA
Our Lady, Queen of All Saints
Orators
Order of Saint Lazarus
Order of the Garter
Ordnancemen and Cannoners
Oregon, USA
Our Lady of the Woods
Orphans
Jerome Emiliani, Ivo of Kermartin
Oslo, Norway
Oudenarde, Belgium
Oversleeping, protection against
Oxford, England
oaths
obstetricians
oil refiners
old-clothes dealers
Anne
open sores
opposition of Church authorities
oppressed 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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