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Saguntum, Spain
Sacerdos of Saguntum
Brendan, Erasmus (Elmo), Francis of Paola, Nicholas of Myra
Saint Ives, Cornwall
Saint Ives, England
Saint Mellyan, Cornwall
Melaine of Rennes
Saint Teath, Cornwall
Saint Vitus's dance nervous disorder; rheumatic chorea
Salamanca, Spain
San Gemini, Italy
San Marino
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Santa Ana Indian Pueblo
Santa Clara Indian Pueblo
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Our Lady of Ransom
Sassano, Italy
Savings banks
Savona, Italy
Our Lady of Mercy
Scholars, scripture
School teachers
Schools of law
Schools, Catholic
Schools, all Christian
Margaret, Andrew, Apostle
Scripture scholars
Claude, Luke, Four crowned martyrs, Louis
Scurf, protection against
Genesius of Arles
Sea, those associated with the
Security forces
Security forces, Andorran
Our Lady Help of Christians
Security forces, French
Security forces, Peruvian
Security guards
Segovia, Spain
Senior citizens
Our Lady of Consolation, Teresa of Jesus Jornet e Ibars
Serbian peoples
Sergio Osmena, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
Martha, Notbunga
Servants (women)
Seville, Spain
Our Lady of Lapurdo, Paschal Baylon
Shipwrecks, protection against
Anthony of Padua, Jodocus
Cyprian of Carthage, Homobonus
Shorthand writers
Sibenik, Croatia
Sick, of Poland
Mary, The Health of the Sick
Siena Italy
Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena, Catherine of Siena
Signals, military
Andronicus, Eligius (Eloi)
Sisak, Croatia
Sisters of Mercy
Sithney, Cornwall, England
Skiathos Island, Greece
Panagia Kastriani
Bernard of Montjoux, Andronicus (with Athanasia), Our Lady of Graces
Skin diseases
Antony the Abbot
Skopelos Island, Greece
Our Lady of the Assumption
Snake bite victims
Hilary, Pirminus, Vitus
Snakes, protection against
Social justice
Soldiers, American
Soldiers, French
Joan of Arc, Louis
Soldiers, Paraguayan
Solomon Islands
Sonsbeck (Santbeck), Germany
Sorrento, Italy
Antoninus of Sorrento
South Africa, Southern Africa
Our Lady of the Assumption
South Carolina, USA
South Dakota, USA
Our Lady of the Prairie
James the Greater, John of Avila, Our Lady of Ransom, Immaculate Conception of Mary
Spanish conquistadors
Spanish poets
Spanish secular clergy
Speakers (Orators)
Speleologists, Italian
Benedict, Abbot
Spelunkers, potholers
Benedict, Abbot
Spiritual directors of clergy
Spiritual exercises
Sportsmen and women, Belgian
Our Lady of Chevremont
Sri Lanka
Mary, Immaculate, Our Lady of Lanka
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)
Lawrence, Our Lady of Madhu, Thomas, Apostle
St Vincent de Paul Societies
St. Antony's Fire
Antony the Abbot
Stafford, England
Stamp collectors
Starving or Starvation; Starving People, protection against
Stavenger, England
Stiff Neck, protection against
Ursicinus of Saint-Ursanne
Stomach disorders
Stone masons
Four crowned martyrs, Louis, Stephen
Storms, protection against
Strasbourg, France
Students (examinees)
Students in Jesuit colleges
Students, of Peru
Students, women
Josephine Bakhita
Sudden Death, protection against
Swabia, Germany
Syracuse, Sicily
Lucy of Syracuse
sacristans; sextons
saddlers, saddlemakers
Crispin and Crispinian, Eligius (Eloi), George, Lucy of Syracuse, Paul, Apostle
Lucy of Syracuse
saltpetre workers
sawmen, sawyers
sceond marriages
Adelaide, Matilda
school principals, schoolmasters
schools for the poor
Joseph Calasanz
scrofulous diseases, struma
Catherine of Alexandria, Genesius of Arles
seekers of lost articles
separated spouses
Gummarus, Nicholas of Myra
servants who broke their masters' property
sexual temptation
Angela of Foligno, Catherine of Siena, Margaret of Cortona, Mary of Edessa, Mary of Egypt, Mary Magdalene, Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, Pelagia of Antioch
sheds; stables; outbuildings
shermen of Folkestone England
ship builders; shipwrights
sick horses
Eligius (Eloi)
silk workers
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Severus of Avranches
singers; vocalists
single laywomen
Agatha, Aloysius Gonzaga, Bibiana, Flora of Cordoba, Margaret of Cortona, Nunilo
Barbara, Hubert of Liege
soap boilers
souls in purgatory
speliologists, spelunkers, potholers, cavers, cave scientists
spiritual directors or leaders
spiritual help
spur makers
stained glass workers; glass painters
Lawrence, Lucy of Syracuse
stammering children
Notkar Balbulus
starch makers
Adelaide, Thomas More
stock brokers
Agricola of Avignon
storms at sea
students of theology
Albertus Magnus
Anthony of Padua, Antony the Abbot

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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