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Patron Saints: R

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
Rab, Croatia
Christopher
Rabies
Hubert, Ubald
Radio and radio workers
Gabriel the Archangel
Radiologists, radiotherapists
Michael the Archangel
Rain, excessive
Genevieve (Genofeva)
Raphoe, Ireland
Adamnan
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
Ripacandida
Donatus
Robbers, danger from
Leonard of Noblac
Roman housewives
Frances of Rome
Romania
Nicetas
Rome
Philip Neri
Rulers
Ferdinand III of Castile
Ruptures, protection against
Drogo, Florentius of Strasburg, Osmund
Russia
Joseph, Andrew, Apostle, Basil the Great, Nicholas of Myra, Casimir
Ruthenia
Bruno
rabies, hydrophobia, mad dogs
Dominic of Silos, Guy of Anderlecht, Hubert of Liege
racquet makers
Sebastian
rams
Giles
rape victims
Agatha, Agnes of Rome, Dymphna
reformed alcoholics
Martin of Tours, Matthias
reformed prostitutes
Margaret of Cortona, Mary Magdalene
reformed thieves
Dismas
reformers
Basil the Great
refugees
Alban
religious, people in religious orders
Benedict, Teresa of Avila
restauranteurs
Lawrence, Nicholas
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

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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