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Saint

Saguntum, Spain
Sacerdos of Saguntum
Sailors
Brendan, Erasmus (Elmo), Francis of Paola, Nicholas of Myra
Saint Ives, Cornwall
Ia
Saint Ives, England
Ivo
Saint Mellyan, Cornwall
Melaine of Rennes
Saint Teath, Cornwall
Saint Vitus's dance nervous disorder; rheumatic chorea
Salamanca, Spain
San Gemini, Italy
San Marino
Marinus
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Santa Ana Indian Pueblo
Anne
Santa Clara Indian Pueblo
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Our Lady of Ransom
Sardinia
Sassano, Italy
Savings banks
Savona, Italy
Our Lady of Mercy
Savoy
Saxony
Willihad
Scandinavia
Scholars, scripture
School teachers
Schools
Schools of law
Schools, Catholic
Schools, all Christian
Scientists
Scotland
Margaret, Andrew, Apostle
Scripture scholars
Sculptors
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
Venantius
Seminarians
Senior citizens
Our Lady of Consolation, Teresa of Jesus Jornet e Ibars
Serbia
Serbian peoples
Sergio Osmena, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
Servants
Martha, Notbunga
Servants (women)
Seville, Spain
Shepherds
Our Lady of Lapurdo, Paschal Baylon
Shipwrecks, protection against
Anthony of Padua, Jodocus
Shoemakers
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
Silesia
Silversmiths
Andronicus, Eligius (Eloi)
Sisak, Croatia
Quirinus
Sisters of Mercy
Sithney, Cornwall, England
Sithney
Skaters
Lidwina
Skiathos Island, Greece
Panagia Kastriani
Skiers
Bernard of Montjoux, Andronicus (with Athanasia), Our Lady of Graces
Skin diseases
Antony the Abbot
Skopelos Island, Greece
Riginos
Slander
Sleepwalkers
Slovakia
Our Lady of the Assumption
Slovenes
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
Gerebernus
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
Spain
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
Spinners
Parasceva
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
Bettelin
Stamp collectors
Starving or Starvation; Starving People, protection against
Stavenger, England
Stenographers
Stiff Neck, protection against
Ursicinus of Saint-Ursanne
Stomach disorders
Stone masons
Four crowned martyrs, Louis, Stephen
Storms, protection against
Strasbourg, France
Arbogast
Strokes
Students
Students (examinees)
Students in Jesuit colleges
Students, of Peru
Students, women
Sudan
Josephine Bakhita
Sudden Death, protection against
Surveyors
Swabia, Germany
Swimmers
Switzerland
Notbunga
Swordsmiths
Syracuse, Sicily
Lucy of Syracuse
Syria
sacristans; sextons
saddlers, saddlemakers
Crispin and Crispinian, Eligius (Eloi), George, Lucy of Syracuse, Paul, Apostle
salesmen
Lucy of Syracuse
salmon
Kentigern
saltpetre workers
sawmen, sawyers
Balthasar
sceond marriages
Adelaide, Matilda
school principals, schoolmasters
schools for the poor
Joseph Calasanz
scrofulous diseases, struma
seamstresses
Anne
seasickness
secretaries
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
sheep
shermen of Folkestone England
Rumwold
ship builders; shipwrights
sick horses
Eligius (Eloi)
silence
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
slavery
smallpox
smelters
Barbara, Hubert of Liege
soap boilers
souls in purgatory
speliologists, spelunkers, potholers, cavers, cave scientists
spiritual directors or leaders
spiritual help
spur makers
stablemen
Anne
stained glass workers; glass painters
Lawrence, Lucy of Syracuse
stammering children
Notkar Balbulus
starch makers
step-parents
Adelaide, Thomas More
stock brokers
storks
Agricola of Avignon
storms at sea
students of theology
Albertus Magnus
success
swineherds
Anthony of Padua, Antony the Abbot
syphilis

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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