Saints and their Patronage

The word "saint" comes from the Latin word sanctus, which translates to "consecrated" or "holy."

Saints are men and women who have lived their lives (and very often gave them up freely) in such a way as to be rewarded with the Kingdom of God. The road to being officially recognized by the Church as a saint is a long one. In the earliest stage, the saint-in-the-making is identified as a "Servant of God." That stage is followed by a recognition of being "Venerable" and then "Blessed" before being recognized by the Church as a saint or "Friend of God." This official recognition by the Church as a saint comes at the conclusion of the process and ceremony called "canonization."

These saints, living exemplary lives, provide for us examples to follow so that we may, in turn, follow them to Heaven.

"Feast Days" are recognized for each saint. These feast days are very often the day of the year in which they died, especially if they gave up their lives for their faith. These special saints that gave up their lives for their faith are called "martyrs."

Based on the course of their lives and the circumstances surrounding them, some of the saints serve as "patrons" of certain peoples, places, things, and occupations, as they intercede for us before God.

Source: Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Website

 

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St. Adelard Patron saint of gardeners
St. Agatha Patron saint of bellmakers, breast disease, fire prevention, nurses
St. Agnes Patron saint of Children of Mary, girls
St. Albert the Great Patron saint of medical technicians, scientists, universal Church
St. Alexis of Rome Patron saint of beggars
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Patron saint of Catholic youth, teenagers, youth
St. Alphonsus Liguori Patron saint of vocations, theologians
St. Amand Patron saint of hotelkeepers, vintners
St. Ambrose Patron saint of bee keepers, candle makers, learning
St. Anastasia Patron saint of weavers, widows
St. Anastasius Patron saint of goldsmiths
St. Andrew Patron saint of fishermen
St. Andronicus Patron saint of silversmiths
Bl. Angelico (BL) Patron saint of artists
St. Anne Patron saint of Christian mothers, Canada, housewives, pregnant women, women in labor
St. Ansovinus Patron saint of crops
St. Anthony of Padua Patron saint of barren women, lost articles, poor, travelers
St. Anthony the Abbot Patron saint of basket makers, butchers, gravediggers
St. Antony Patron saint of domestic animals
St. Apollonia Patron saint of dentists
St. Augustine of Hippo Patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians
   
B
St. Barbara Patron saint of architects, artillerymen, builders, fire prevention, miners, thunder-storms
St. Bartholomew Patron saint of leather workers, plasterers
St. Benedict Patron saint of kidney disease, poison sufferers, students
St. Benedict Joseph Labre Patron saint of the homeless
St. Benedict the Moor Patron saint of African-Americans, Negro missions in North America

St. Benezet

Patron saint of bridge builders

St. Bernadette

Patron saint against bodily ills, shepherds
St. Bernadine of Siena Patron saint of public relations
St. Bernard of Montjoux Patron saint of alpinists, skiers
St. Blaise Patron saint of throat ailments, veterinarians, wild animals
St. Blessed Virgin Mary Patron saint of Uruguay
St. Boris Patron saint of Moscow
St. Brendan Patron saint of sailors
St. Bridget Patron saint of healers, Sweden
St. Brigid of Ireland Patron saint of dairy workers, scholars
   
C
St. Camillus de Lellis Patron saint of hospitals, nurses, sick
St. Casimir of Poland Patron saint of bachelors
St. Catherine of Alexandria Patron saint of millers, philosophers, preachers, scribes, secretaries, stenographers, students
St. Catherine of Bologna Patron saint of art, artists
St. Catherine of Siena Patron saint of fire prevention, Italy
St. Catherine of Sweden Patron saint of miscarriage prevention
St. Cecilia Patron saint of musicians
St. Charles Borromeo Patron saint of catechists, seminarians
St. Christopher Patron saint of bookbinders, epilepsy, gardeners, mariners, pestilence, thunder-storms, travelers
St. Clare Patron saint of embroiderers, eye disorders, television
St. Claude Patron saint of sculptors
St. Clement I Patron saint of marble workers
St. Columba Patron saint of poets, Ireland
Bl. Contardo Ferrini (BL) Patron saint of universities
St. Cosmas & Damian Patron saint of barbers, druggists, pharmacists, physicians, surgeons
St. Cyril Patron saint of unity of East & West Churches
   
D
St. David Patron saint of doves, poets, Wales
St. Denis Patron saint against headaches
St. Didacus Patron saint of Franciscan Lay
St. Dismas Patron saint of prisoners
St. Dominic de Guzman Patron saint of astronomers
St. Dominic Savio Patron saint of choir boys, falsly accused people
St. Dunstan Patron saint of goldsmiths, blacksmiths, musicians
St. Dymphna Patron saint of neurological disorders, epilepsy, mentally ill
   
E
St. Edward the Confessor Patron saint of difficult marriages
St. Eligius Patron saint of jewelers, metalworkers
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Patron saint of death of children, in-law problems, loss of parents, widows
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Patron saint of bakers
St. Elizabeth of Portugal Patron saint against adultery, againt jealousy, war
St. Elmo Patron saint of ammunition, explosive workers, ordnance, sailors, women in labor
St. Eustachius Patron saint of hunters
   
F
St. Felicity Patron saint of barren women
St. Ferdinand III Patron saint of engineers, govenors
St. Fiacre Patron saint of cab drivers, gardeners, taxi drivers
St. Florian Patron saint of fire fighters, floods, Poland
St. Frances of Rome Patron saint of motorists, widows, wives
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Patron saint of emigrants, immigrants
St. Francis de Sales Patron saint of authors, deaf, journalists, writers
St. Francis of Assisi Patron saint of animals, ecologists, merchants
St. Francis of Paola Patron saint of sailors
St. Francis Xavier Patron saint of missions (foreign)
   
G
St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Patron saint of clerics, youth
St. Gabriel the Archangel Patron saint of broadcasters, communication, messengers, postal workers, radio
St. Gemma Galgani Patron saint of druggists, pharmacists
St. Genesius Patron saint of actors, epilepsy, musicians, printers, secretaries, stenographers, theatrical performers
St. Geneviève Patron saint of disasters, Paris
St. George Patron saint of Boy Scouts, England, soldiers
St. Gerard Majella Patron saint of childbirth, expectant mothers, pregnant women
St. Gertrude Patron saint of rats and mice (fear of), travelers
St. Gianna Beretta Molla Patron saint of mothers, physicians
St. Giles Patron saint of beggars, breast feeding, disabled, poor
St. Godeberta Patron saint of drought relief, epidemics
St. Gregory the Great Patron saint of musicians, singers, students, teachers
   
H
St. Herbert Patron saint of drought relief
St. Hilary Patron saint of snake bite victims
Holy Innocents Patron saint of babies, choir boys, foundlings
St. Hubert Patron saint of dogs, hunters
   
I
St. Ignatius of Antioch Patron saint of throat ailments
St. Ignatius of Loyola Patron saint of retreats, soldiers
Immaculate Conception of Mary Patron saint of the United States
St. Isidore the Farmer Patron saint of laborers, farmers
St. Isidore of Seville Patron saint of computers, computer users, computer programmers, Internet
   
J
St. James the Apostle Patron saint of arthritis, Chile, hatmakers, laborers, milliners, rheumatism
St. Januarius Patron saint of blood banks, Naples, volcanoes
Bl. Jacinta Marta Patron saint of bodily ills, prisoners
St. Jerome Patron saint of librarians, students
St. Jerome Emiliani Patron saint of orphans
St. Joan of Arc Patron saint of France, rape victims, soldiers
St. John-Baptist de la Salle Patron saint of teachers
St. John Berchmans Patron saint of altar servers, youth
St. John Bosco Patron saint of boys, editors, students, youth
St. John Chrysostom Patron saint of epilepsy, orators, preachers, speakers
St. John of Capistrano Patron saint of judges, jurists
St. John of God Patron saint of booksellers, fire fighters, heart patients, hospitals, nurses, printers, publishers, sick
St. John of the Cross Patron saint of contemplatives, mystics
St. John of Nepomuk Patron saint of discretion, floods, slander
St. John the Apostle Patron saint of poison sufferers, writers
St. John the Baptist Patron saint of Baptism, lambs
St. John Vianney Patron saint of priests
St. Joseph Patron saint of Canada, carpenters, church, dying, fathers, Peru, social justice, universal church
St. Joseph of Arimathea Patron saint of funeral directors, undertakers
St. Joseph of Cupertino Patron saint of air travelers, astronauts, aviators
St. Josemaría Escrivá Patron saint of diabetics
St. Jude Thaddeus Patron saint of desperate causes & situations, lost causes
St. Justin Patron saint of apologists, lecturers, philosophers
   
K
St. Kevin Patron saint of blackbirds, Ireland
   
L
St. Lawrence Patron saint of cooks, comedians, fire prevention, France, poor
St. Leonard of Port Maurice Patron saint of parish missions
St. Lidwina Patron saint of skaters
St. Louis IX Patron saint of barbers
St. Louise de Marillac Patron saint of social workers, widows
St. Lucy Patron saint of blind, eye disorders
St. Luke Patron saint of artists, brewers, butchers, doctors, glassworkers, painters, physicians, surgeons
   
M
St. Madron Patron saint of cures from pain
St. Margaret Patron saint of pregnant women
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Patron saint against polio, polio sufferers
St. Margaret Clitherow Patron saint of business women
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska Patron saint of mercy
St. Maria Goretti Patron saint of girls, rape victims, youth
St. Mark Patron saint of lawyers, lions, notaries, prisoners
St. Martha Patron saint of cooks, housewives, servants
St. Martin de Porres Patron saint of barbers, hairdressers, racial harmony
St. Martin of Tours Patron saint of France, horsemen, soldiers
St. Mary Magdalene Patron saint of sinners
St. Maximilian Kolbe Patron saint of political prisoners
St. Matthew Patron saint of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, tax collectors
St. Matthias Patron saint of alcoholism, carpenters
St. Maurice Patron saint of gout, infantrymen, swordsmiths, weavers
St. Medard Patron saint of bad weather
St. Methodius Patron saint of unity of East & West Churches
St. Michael Patron saint of airborne, grocers, paratroopers, police officers
St. Monica Patron saint of married women, mothers
   
N
St. Nicholas of Myra Patron saint of bakers, brewers, brides, children, merchants, pawnbrokers, travelers
St. Nicholas of Tolentino Patron saint of infants, mariners, souls in Purgatory
St. Notburga Patron saint of servants
   
O
St. Odelia Patron saint of blind
St. Osmund Patron saint of paralysis
Our Lady of Guadalupe Patron saint of The Americas, Mexico
Our Lady of Loreto Patron saint of aviators
Our Lady of Lourdes Patron saint of bodily ills
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Patron saint of Chile
Our Lady of the Assumption Patron saint of Paraguay
   
P
St. Padre Pio Patron saint against meningitis, Rosary
St. Patrick Patron saint of engineers, Ireland, snakes (fear of)
St. Paul Patron saint of snake bite victims
St. Paula Patron saint of widows
St. Peregrine Laziosi Patron saint of AIDS, cancer victims, skin disease
St. Perpetua Patron saint of cows
St. Peter Patron saint of fishermen, longevity, Popes, Rome
St. Peter Celestine Patron saint of bookbinders
St. Peter Claver Patron saint of African-Americans, Colombia, missions, Negro missions, slavery
St. Philip Neri Patron saint of Rome
St. Philomena Patron saint of children of Mary, impossible cases
St. Polycarp Patron saint of earaches
   
Q
   
R
St. Raphael the Archangel Patron saint of blind, love, travelers
St. Raymond Nonnatus Patron saint of childbirth, expectant mothers, falsely accused, midwives
St. Raymond of Penyafort Patron saint of canonists, lawyers
St. Rene Goupil Patron saint of anesthetists
St. Rita of Cascia Patron saint of impossible cases, unhappy marriages
St. Robert Bellarmine Patron saint of canonists, catechists
St. Roch Patron saint of dogs, dog lovers, epidemics, knee problems, invalids, pestilence
St. Rose of Lima Patron saint of The Americas, florists, Indies, Peru, Philippines
   
S
Sacred Heart Patron saint of Ecuador
St. Sava Patron saint of Serbian peoples
St. Scholastica Patron saint of bad weather
St. Sebastian Patron saint of archers, athletes
St. Solange Patron saint of drought relief, rape victims
St. Stanislaus Kostka Patron saint of broken bones, youth
St. Stephen Patron saint of bricklayers, headaches, Hungary, stone masons
   
T
St. Tarcisius Patron saint of first communicants
St. Teresa of Avila Patron saint of headaches
St. Therese of Lisieux Patron saint of aviators, florists, missions, Russia
St. Thomas Patron saint of architects
St. Thomas Aquinas Patron saint of schools, students
St. Thomas More Patron saint of civil servants, court clerks, government employees, lawyers
St. Timothy Patron saint of stomach disorders
   
U
   
V
St. Valentine Patron saint of greetings, lovers
St. Viator Patron saint of catechists
St. Vincent de Paul Patron saint of charities, volunteers
St. Vincent Ferrer Patron saint of builders
St. Vincent of Saragossa Patron saint of vintners, winegrowers
St. Vitus Patron saint of comedians, dancers, epilepsy
   
W
St. Walburga Patron saint of famine
St. Willibrord Patron saint of epilepsy, Netherlands
St. Wolfgang Patron saint of stomach disorders
   
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Y
St. Yves Patron saint of lawyers
   
Z
St. Zita Patron saint of domestic workers, lost keys, maids