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Patron Saints

Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over particular areas, conditions, and situations of life.  From the fourth century, people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs. Recently, the popes have named patron saints but patrons can also be chosen by other individuals or groups. Patron saints are often chosen today because an interest, talent, or an event in their lives corresponds to a situation or area in life today. For example, St. Matthew was a tax collector when he was called by Jesus, and he is therefore the patron saint of accountants.   Angels can also be named as patron saints.  Patron saints intercede to God for us and help us in various situations and areas of life. They listen to our special needs and pray to God with us.  They are also models for us to follow in our professions, vocations, challenges or other situations in life.

Here is a list of some of the more common patron saints:

A Knee problems    St. Roch
Accountants               St. Matthew L
Actors     St. Genesius  Laborers     St. Isidore the Farmer, St. James the Greater
Addicts     St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe  Latin America    St. Rose of Lima
Advertising   St. Bernardine of Siena  Lawyers     St. Thomas More, St. Raymond of Penyafort
African-Americans                                       St. Benedict (Africa), St. Peter Claver Learning     St. Ambrose
  St. Martin de Porres Librarians     St. Jerome
AIDS patients    St. Peregrine Laziosi  Lithuania     St. Casimir
Air travelers    St. Joseph of Cupertino  Longevity     St. Peter
Alcoholics                       Venerable Matt Talbot, Loss of parents    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
   St. Monica  Lost items     St. Anthony of Padua
Altar servers  St. John Berchmans Lovers     St. Valentine
Americas   Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Rose of Lima   M  
Anesthetists    St. Rene Goupil Maids, domestic workers   St. Zita of Lucca
Animals    St. Francis of Assisi Married women    St. Monica
Archaeologists    St. Helen Medical technicians   St. Albert the Great
Architects    St. Thomas the Apostle Mentally ill     St. Dymphna
Art     St. Catharine of Bologna Merchants     St. Francis of Assisi, St. Nicholas
Artists     St. Luke Messengers     Gabriel
  Bl. Fra Angelico Metal workers    St. Eligius
  St. Catharine of Of Bologna Mexico     Our Lady of Guadalupe
Astronauts    St. Joseph of Cupertino Midwives     St. Raymond Nonnatus
Astronomers    St. Dominic Military members    St. Joan of Arc
Athletes    St. Sebastian Miscarriage, prevention of   St. Catherine of Sweden
Attorneys St. Thomas More Missionaries     St. Francis Xavier, St. Thérèse of Lisieux
  St. Raymond of Penyafort    Monks      St. John the Baptist
Authors    St. Francis de Sales Mothers     St. Monica
B     Motorists     St. Frances of Rome
Bankers   St. Matthew Musicians     St. Cecilia
Baptism   St. John the Baptist Mystics     St. John of the Cross
Barbers   Sts. Cosmas and Damian, St. Louis of France N  
  St. Martin de Porres  Neurological diseases   St. Dymphna
Bee keepers   St. Ambrose North America   St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions
Beggars    St. Alexis, St. Giles Notaries     St. Luke, St. Mark
Blacksmiths   St. Dunstan Nuns      St. Scholastica, St. Brigid of Kildare
Blind    Raphael, St. Lucy Nurses     St. Camillus de Lellis, St. John of God, St. Agatha
Bookkeepers   St. Matthew O  
Booksellers   St. John of God Obstetricians     St. Raymond Nonnatus
Boy Scouts   St. George Orators     St. John Chrysostom
Breast disease, against   St. Agatha Orphans, abandoned children   St. Jerome Emiliani
Brewers     St. Luke, St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Nicholas P     
Bricklayers     St. Stephen Painters     St. Luke
Brides     St. Nicholas Paralysis     St. Osmund
Broadcasters    Gabriel Parenthood     St. Rita of Cascia
Builders     St. Barbara, St. Vincent Ferrer Parish priests    St. John Vianney
Businessmen    St. Homobonus Pawnbrokers    St. Nicholas
Businesswomen    St. Margaret Clitherow Penitents     St. Mary Magdalene
Butchers     St. Anthony the Abbot, St. Luke Perfumers     St. Mary Magdalene
C     Pharmacists     Sts. Cosmas and Damian
Cab drivers     St. Fiacre Philosophers     St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Albert the Great
Canada     St. Joseph Physicians     St. Luke, Sts. Cosmas and Damian
Cancer patients    St. Peregrine Pilots      St. Joseph of Cupertino, St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Carpenters     St. Joseph Poets      St. Columba, St. David of Wales
Catechists     St. Charles Borromeo, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Viator Poisoning     St. Benedict
Catechumens    St. Charles Borromeo, St. Robert Bellarmine Poland     St. Casimir, St. Florian, St. Stanislaus
Catholic schools    St. Thomas Aquinas Police officers    St. Michael
Catholic youth    St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Maria Goretti Politicians, public servants  St. Thomas More
Charities     St. Vincent de Paul Poor      St. Anthony of Padua, St. Lawrence
Childbirth     St. Gerard Majella, St. Raymond Nonnatus Popes     St. Peter
Children     St. Nicholas Postal workers    Gabriel
Choirboys     St. Dominic Savio Preachers     St. John Chrysostom
Church     St. Joseph Pregnant women    Sts. Ann and Joachim, St. Gerard Majella, St. Margaret
Civil servants    St. Thomas More Priests     St. John Vianney
Colleges     St. Thomas Aquinas Printers     St. Augustine, St. John of God
Comedians     St. Vitus Prisoners    St. Dismas, St. Joseph Cafasso
Communication workers   Gabriel  Public relations    St. Bernardine of Siena
Computers     St. Isidore of Seville R  
Construction workers   St. Thomas the Apostle Race relations    St. Martin de Porres
Cooks     St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Lawrence Radio      Gabriel
Court clerks     St. Thomas More Radiologists     Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
D     Reconciliation    St. Vincent Ferrer
Dairy workers    St. Brigid of Kildare Retreats     Retreats    St. Ignatius of Loyola
Dancers     St. Vitus Rheumatism     St. James the Greater
Deacons     St. Stephen Robbers, danger from   St. Leonard of Noblac
Deafness     St. Francis de Sales Rome      St. Peter
Death      St. Joseph, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael S  
Dentists     St. Apollonia Sailors     St. Elmo, St. Brendan, St. Francis of Paola
Desperate causes    St. Jude  Savings     St. Anthony Claret
Difficult marriages    St. Rita of Cascia Scholars     St. Brigid of Kildare, St. Bede the Venerable

Disabled     St. Giles Schoolchildren    St. Benedict
Disasters    St. Genevieve Schools     St. Thomas Aquinas
Doctors   St. Luke Scientists    St. Albert the Great
Dogs    St. Roch Sculptors     St. Claude
Drivers     St. Fiacre Secretaries     St. Genesius
Drug addiction St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe Seminarians     St. Charles Borromeo
E   Servants     St. Sava, St. Zita of Lucca
Earaches  St. Polycarp Shepherds     St. Marie Bernadette Soubirous, St. Paschal Baylon
Earthquakes     St. Francis Borgia Sick      St. John of God
Ecology   St. Francis of Assisi Skin diseases    St. Anthony the Abbot, St. Anthony the Abbot
Editors    St. John Bosco Sobriety     Venerable Matt Talbot
Engineers    St. Patrick, St. Ferdinand III Social justice     St. Joseph, St. Martin de Porres
Epilepsy   St. Dymphna, St. Vitus, St. Willibrord Social workers    St. Louise de Marillac
Europe  St. Benedict, St. Bridget, St. Catherine of Siena Soldiers     St. George, St. Martin of Tours
Eye disorders   St. Clare, St. Lucy South America    St. Rose of Lima
F     Speakers     St. John Chrysostom
Falsely accused   St. Raymond Nonnatus Stomach disorders    Sts. Timothy and Titus
Farmers    St. Isidore the Farmer Students     St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Thomas Aquinas
Fathers  St. Joseph Surgeons     Sts. Cosmas and Damian, St. Luke
Firefighters    St. Florian, St. John of God T    
Fishermen  St. Andrew, St. Peter  Tailors     St. Homobonus
Florists  St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. Rose of Lima, St. Dorothy Tax collectors    St. Matthew
Foundry workers St. Agatha Taxi drivers     St. Fiacre
Funeral directors   St. Joan of Arc Teachers     St. Gregory the Great, St. John Baptist de la Salle
G      Teenagers     St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Maria Goretti
Gambling, compulsive   St. Bernardine of Siena Telecommunications   Gabriel
Gardeners  St. Adelard, St. Fiacre Television     St. Clare
Girls  St. Agnes, St. Maria Goretti Theatrical performers  St. Genesius
Grandparents Sts. Ann and Joachim Theologians    St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Augustine of Hippo
Gravediggers  St. Anthony the Abbot Throat ailments    St. Blase
Greetings   St. Valentine Toothache     St. Apollonia
Grocers Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Travelers     St. Anthony of Padua, St. Nicholas, St. Joseph, Raphael
Grooms   St. Louis of France, St. Nicholas U   
H      Undertakers     Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
Hairdressers   St. Martin de Porres United States    Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Happy death    St. Joseph Universal Church   St. Joseph
Headaches     St. Teresa of Avila V    
Heart patients    St. John of God Venereal disease    St. Fiacre
Homeless     St. Benedict Joseph Labre Veterinarians    St. Eligius
Horses     St. Martin of Tours Vintners     St. Amand
Hospital administrators   St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Vocations     St. Alphonsus Liguori
Hospitals     St. Camillus de Lellis, St. John of God W  
Hotel keepers    St. Amand Waiters, waitresses    St. Martha
Housewives     Sts. Ann and Joachim, St. Martha Weavers     St. Anthony Claret
Hunters     St. Hubert, St. Eustachius Widows     St. Frances of Rome, St. Paula
I      Women in labor    Sts. Ann and Joachim, St. Elmo
Immigrants     St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Workers     St. Joseph
Impossible causes    St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, St. Rita of Cascia Writers     St. Francis de Sales
Infertility     St. Rita of Cascia, St. Philomena Y  
Insanity     St. Dymphna Youth      St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Maria Goretti, St. John Bosco
Internet     St. Isidore of Seville    
Invalids     St. Roch    
Jewelers     St. Eligius    
Journalists     St. Francis de Sales    
Judges     St. John of Capistrano    
Juvenile delinquents   St. Dominic Savio    
Kidney disease    St. Benedict    

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