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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
Pain; Cures from Pain; Pain Relief, protection against
Madron
Painters
Luke, Bl (Fra) Angelico
Pakistan
Thomas, Apostle
Palermo, Italy
Agatha, Benedict the Black
Palestine
Mary, 'Queen of Palestine'
Palestinian Christians
George
Pallbearers
Joseph of Arimathea
Panama
Immaculate Conception, Immaculate Heart of Mary
Papua New Guinea
Michael the Archangel
Paraguay
Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of Lujan
Paratroopers
Michael the Archangel
Parenthood
Rita of Cascia
Paris, France
Genevieve (Genofeva), Denis, Bishop of Paris
Parish Missions
Leonard of Port Maurice
Park-keepers
John Gualbert
Patras, Greece
Andrew, Apostle
Patricia, Italy
Roch
Pavia, Italy
Siro, Syrus of Pavia, Theodore of Pavia
Pawnbrokers
Nicholas of Myra, Bernardino of Feltre (Bd)
Pelota players, Argentinian
Francis Xavier
Pennsylvania, USA
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Pensioners, old age
Our Lady of Consolation, Teresa of Jesus Jornet e Ibars
Penzance, Cornwall, England
John the Baptist
Perfumers, perfumiers
Nicholas of Myra
Pergamino, Argentina
Virgin of La Merced
Perjury, protection against
Felix of Nola, Pancras
Peronne, France
Fursey of Peronne
Persecuted Christians
John De Martha
Persia; Iran
Maruthas
Peru
Joseph, Rose of Lima
Pestilence (relief)
Roch
Petit Goave, Haiti
Our Lady of Lourdes
Pets
Antony the Abbot
Pharmacists/Druggists
Cosmas and Damian, Raphael the Archangel
Philatelists
Gabriel the Archangel
Philippines
Our Lady of Safe Travel, Our Lady of the Turumba, Rose of Lima, Immaculate Heart of Mary
Philosophers
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pudentiana, Rose of Lima
Physical Spouse Abuse; Victims of Spouse Abuse (physical), protection against
Rita of Cascia
Physically Disabled
Giles
Physicians
Cosmas and Damian, Luke, Pantaleon
Physicians (diseases, contagious)
Roch, Sebastian
Piedmont
Maurice
Piedmont region
Maurice
Pilgrims
Nicholas of Myra, Christopher
Pilgrims (sick)
Pius X
Pilots
Our Lady of Loreto
Pilots, maritime
Francis of Paola, Nicholas of Myra
Pisa, Italy
Ranieri
Plague
Gregory the Great, Roch, Sebastian
Plasterers
Bartholomew
Poets
David, Columba
Poison Sufferers
Benedict, Abbot, John the Apostle, Pirminus
Poison, protection against
Benedict, John the Apostle, Pirmin
Poland
Casimir, Florian, Mary, 'Queen of Poland', Stanislaus, Adalbert, Stanislaus Kostka
Police officers
Michael the Archangel
Police, Italian
Mary, Faithful Virgin
Police, Spanish
Our Lady of the Pillar
Police, Spanish, armed
The Guardian Angels
Police, local, municipal
Sebastian
Ponza, Italy
Silverio
Poor
Anthony of Padua, Lawrence, Ferdinand III of Castile
Popes
Gertrude the Great, Peter the Apostle
Portsmouth, England
Nicholas of Myra
Portugal
Anthony of Padua, Francis Borgia, Gabriel the Archangel, George, Immaculate Conception of Mary
Possession (by the Devil)
Cyriacus, Dymphna, Michael the Archangel, Andrew Avellino
Postal services
Gabriel the Archangel
Postal workers
Gabriel the Archangel
Potenza, Italy
Gerard of Potenza
Potholers (spelunkers)
Benedict, Abbot
Poverty or Impoverishment, protection against
Agostina Pietrantoni, Anne, Armogastes, Bernadette of Lourdes, Cuthman, Germaine Cousin, Julia of Billiart, Macrina the Elder, Marguerite Bourgeous, Margaret of Castello
Poznan Poland
Paul, Apostle, Peter the Apostle
Preachers
Catherine of Alexandria, John Chrysostom
Pregnant women
Gerard Majella, Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch, Raymond Nonnatus
Priests
John Vianney
Priests (Spanish, secular)
John of Avila
Printers
Augustine, Genesius, John of God
Prison guards, officers
Hippolytus, Processus and Martinian, Adrian of Nicomedia
Prison officers (Italian)
Basilides
Prisoners
Dismas, Leonard of Noblac, Roch, Vincent de Paul, Ferdinand III of Castile
Prisoners (Italian)
Joseph Cafasso
Probus, Cornwall, England
Grace, Probus
Propagation of the Faith
Francis Xavier
Protector of Crops
Ansovinus
Prussia
Dorothy of Montau
Public Health Service
Martin de Porres
Public Relations
Bernardine of Siena
Public education
Martin de Porres
Puebla, Mexico
Michael the Archangel
Pueri Cantores
Dominic Savio
Pueri Cantors
Dominic Savio
Puerto Rico
Our Lady of Divine Providence
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Our Lady of Guadalupe
papal delegates
John XXIII
papermakers
John the Apostle
paralysis, paralysed people
Osmund
parents of large families
Adalbald of Ostrevant, Adelaide, Clotilde, Dagobert II, Dorothy of Montau, Edwin, Ferdinand III of Castile, Ivetta of Huy, Leonidas, Leopold
parents separated from children
Jeanne de Chantal
parish clerks
Nicholas of Myra
parks; park services
John Gualbert
pastry chefs
Honorius of Amiens, Macarius the Younger
pavement workers
Vincent Ferrer
peace; invoked as peacemaker
Barnabas, Elizabeth of Portugal, Francis of Paola, Infant Jesus of Prague
peasant girls, young country girls, girls who live in rural areas
Germaine Cousin
peasants
Lucy of Syracuse, Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch, Notburga
pencil makers
Thomas Aquinas
penitent sinners
Mary Magdalene
penitent women
Afra, Margaret of Cortona, Mary Magdalene
people in needd of grace
Teresa of Avila
people rejected by religious orders
Benedict Joseph Labre, Clare, Henry II, Jeanne de Lestonnac
people ridiculed for their piety
Agostina Pietrantoni, Alodia, Angela of Foligno, Bernadette of Lourdes, Catherine of Genoa, Catherine of Siena, Elizabeth of Hungary
pewterers
Fiacre
photographers
Veronica
piety
Holy Spirit
pin makers
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
pioneers
Joseph
playing card manufacturers
Balthasar
plumbers
Vincent Ferrer
poisonous snakes
Paul, Apostle
polio
Margaret Mary Alacoque
political prisoners
Maximillian Kolbe
politicians
Thomas More
poor people, paupers
Anthony of Padua, Ferdinand III of Castile, Giles, Lawrence, Martin de Porres, Nicholas of Myra
pork butchers and processors
Transfiguration of Our Lord
porters
Christopher, Leonard of Noblac, Theobald Roggeri
potters
Catherine of Alexandria, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Sebastian
poultry raisers, chicken farmers
Bridgid of Ireland
precision instrument makers
Hubert of Liege
princes
Boris, Casimir of Poland, Gotteschalk
princesses
Adelaide, Dymphna
printing presses
Bridgid of Ireland
prisoners of war, pow's
Leonard of Noblac
prisoners, imprisonment, captives, imprisoned people
Adelaide, Barbara, Dismas, Ferdinand III of Castile, Joan of Arc, Joseph Cafasso, Leonard of Noblac, Mark the Evangelist, Nicholas of Myra, Vincent de Paul
prisons
Joseph Cafasso
pro-life movement
Gerard Majella, Maximillian Kolbe
prolonged suffering
Lydwina of Schiedam
protection against rats
Gertrude of Nivelles, Martin de Porres, Servatus
protection of lambs
John the Baptist
province of Burgenland
Martin of Tours
province of Carinthia
Joseph
province of Lower Austria
Leopold III
province of Salzburg, Austria
Rupert
province of Styria, Austria
Joseph
province of Tyrol, Austria
Joseph
province of Upper Austria
Leopold III
province of Vorarlberg, Austria
Gebhard
purse makers
Brieuc

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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