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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
U.S. Army Field Artillery
St. Barbara
U.S. National Catholic Rural Conference
Isidore the Farmer
Mary, Queen of Africa
Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Volodymyr the Great
Ulcers; Ulcer Sufferers, protection against
Charles Borromeo, Job
United States Army Special Forces
Philip of Agirone
United States National Rural Life Conference
Isidore the Farmer
United States of America
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Unity of the Eastern and Western Churches
Cyril and Methodius
Universal Church
Joseph, Peter the Apostle
Bl. Contardo Ferrini
Universities, Catholic
Thomas Aquinas
University of Oxford, England
University of Patras, Greece
Andrew, Apostle
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering
Jordan of Saxony
Unmarried women
Nicholas of Myra
Upper Auvergne
Gerald of Aurillac
Urban University, Rome
Oliver Plunket
Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Lujan, Philip and James, Apostles
Utah, USA
Our Lady of the Snows
unattractive people
Drogo, Germaine Cousin
unborn children
Gerard Majella, Joseph
Holy Spirit
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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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