Patron Saints: 'R'
|Radio and radio workers||Gabriel the Archangel|
|Radiologists, radiotherapists||Michael the Archangel|
|Rain, excessive||Genevieve (Genofeva)|
|Retreats||Ignatius of Loyola|
|Rheumatoid sufferers||James the Greater|
|Rhode Island, USA||Our Lady of Mt. Carmel|
|Right to Life groups||Margaret of Castello|
|Rimini, Italy||Gaudentius of Rimini|
|Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Sebastian|
|Robbers, danger from||Leonard of Noblac|
|Roman housewives||Frances of Rome|
|Rulers||Ferdinand III of Castile|
|Ruptures, protection against||Drogo, Florentius of Strasburg, Osmund|
|Russia||Joseph, Andrew, Apostle, Basil the Great, Nicholas of Myra, Casimir|
|rabies, hydrophobia, mad dogs||Dominic of Silos, Guy of Anderlecht, Hubert of Liege|
|rape victims||Agatha, Agnes of Rome, Dymphna|
|reformed alcoholics||Martin of Tours, Matthias|
|reformed prostitutes||Margaret of Cortona, Mary Magdalene|
|reformers||Basil the Great|
|religious, people in religious orders||Benedict, Teresa of Avila|
|restoration of religious freedom in Russia||Therese of Lisieux|
|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||Paul, Apostle|
|runaways||Alodia, Dymphna, Eulalia|
|running water||John Nepomucene|
|rural communities||Isidore the Farmer|
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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.