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Patron Saints: W

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
Waiters, waitresses
War victims, civilian
Mary, Queen of Peace
Washington, DC
Our Immaculate Queen
Washington, USA
Our Lady of Good Help
Water, danger from
Waterford, Ireland
Parasceva, Antony Claret, Maurice, Onuphrius
West Indies
West Virginia, USA
Our Lady of Victory
Catherine of Alexandria
Whooping Cough, protection against
Blaise, Winoc
Frances of Rome, Paula
Winchester, England
Wine merchants, and wine trade
Vincent of Saragossa, Martin of Tours
Wisconsin, USA
Our Lady of the Americas
Witchcraft, protection against
Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES)
Joan of Arc
Women giving birth
Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch
Women in labor
Anne (Mother of Mary), Erasmus (Elmo)
Women, Italian
Paschal Baylon
Women, childless
Anne (Mother of Mary)
Women, young and students
Catherine of Alexandria
Workers, young
John Bosco
World Youth Day
Kateri Tekakwitha
Francis de Sales
Writers, Spanish Catholic
Teresa of Avila
Wyoming, USA
Our Lady of the Valley
wandering musicians, minstrels
Julian the Hospitaller
Peter of Alcantara
wax melters, wax refiners
Ambrose of Milan, Bernard of Clairvaux
Brendan the Navigator
Bartholomew the Apostle
Coloman, Killian, Totnan
Thomas More
Holy Spirit
Edmund of East Anglia
Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch
women who wish to become mothers
Andrew, Apostle
women whose husbands are at war
Daniel of Padua
women's army corps, WACs
Genevieve (Genofeva), Joan of Arc
woods, forests, woodlands
wool combers
wool manufacturers
Severus of Avranches
wool weavers
Blaise, Severus of Avranches
work horses; working horses
Guy of Anderlecht
Aldegundis, Rita of Cascia
writers of catechisms
Peter Claver

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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