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Rab, Croatia
Rabies
Hubert, Ubald
Radio and radio workers
Radiologists, radiotherapists
Rain, excessive
Raphoe, Ireland
Rheumatoid sufferers
Rhode Island, USA
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Right to Life groups
Rimini, Italy
Gaudentius of Rimini
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ripacandida
Donatus
Robbers, danger from
Roman housewives
Romania
Ruptures, protection against
Russia
Ruthenia
rabies, hydrophobia, mad dogs
racquet makers
rams
rape victims
reformed alcoholics
reformed prostitutes
reformed thieves
reformers
refugees
religious, people in religious orders
restauranteurs
restoration of religious freedom in Russia
rheumatoid sufferers; rheumatism, arthritis
Coloman, James the Greater, Killian, Servatus, Totnan
ribbon makers
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
road builders
Sebastian of Aparicio
rope makers; rope braiders
runaways
Alodia, Dymphna, Eulalia
running water
rural communities

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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