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Patron Saints

The Christian tradition that praying to a certain saint to intercede with God on one's behalf has led to association of some saints with particular aspects of human life. Patronage can arise through customs and traditions over hundreds of years but is officially assigned by the Pope.

Countries and Places

Saints who represent countries are chosen by the monarch, government or church leaders and a petition for approval is sent to the Congregation for Causes for Saints at the Vatican. If it can be proved that the country is devoted to the saint, an Apostolic Letter is sent by the Pope. The choice often falls on a national hero such as Joan of Arc in France, but can be someone who was martyred in the country or performed good deeds there such as an early missionary or any saint who reflects the aspirations of the country. A large number of countries have an aspect of the Blessed Virgin Mary, relating to either an event in her life or her appearance at a place in the country, as their patron, and in 1944, Pope Pius XII dedicated the whole human race to her.

Africa - Central, Angola BVM, The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Africa - North, Algeria Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage
Africa - South BVM - the Assumption
Albania BVM, Motherhood of Good Counsel
America - Central Rose of Lima
Arabia BVM, Our Lady of Arabia
Argentina BVM, Our Lady of Lujan
Armenia Gregory of Armenia
Assisi Francis of Assisi
Australia BVM, Our Lady of Help of Christians
Austria Joseph, Coloman, Leopold, Florian
Avignon Agricola of Avignon
Barbados Andrew the Apostle
Bavaria Sebald
Belgium BVM
Belize Joseph
Bohemia John of Nepomuk, Wenceslas
Bolivia BVM - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Borneo Francis Xavier
Brazil BVM Immaculate 'Aparecida', Peter of Alcantara, Anthony of Padua
Brittany Ivo
Canada Joseph, Martyrs of North America
Canary Islands Avitus
Chile BVM - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Catalonia George
China BVM - Queen of China, Joseph
Colombia BVM - Our Lady of Chiquinquira, Louis Betrand, Peter Claver
Corsica BVM - Immaculate Conception, Devota, Julia
Costa Rica BVM - Our Lady of the Angels
Cuba BVM - Birthday of the BV of Charity
Cyprus Barnabas the Apostle
Czech Republic + Slovakia Wenceslaus, Adalbert of Prague, John Nepomucen, Cyril and Methodius
Denmark Anskar
Dominican Republic BVM - Our Lady of Mercy
Ecuador BVM - The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Egypt Mark the Evangelist
El Salvador BVM - Our Lady of Peace, Salvador del Mundo (Jesus)
England George
Equatorial Guinea BVM - Immaculate Conception
Europe Benedict
Finland Henry the Emperor
France BVM - the Assumption, Joan of Arc, Denis, Therese of Lisieux
Germany Anskar, Michael the Archangel
Gibralter Bernard of Clairvaux
Greece Paul the Apostle, George
Guatemala James the Greater, the Apostle
Haiti BVM - Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Honduras BVM - Our Lady of Suyapa
Hungary BVM - Great Queen of Hungary, Stephen of Hungary
Iceland Anskar
India BVM, Francis Xavier, Rose of Lima, Thomas the Apostle
Ireland Patrick, Bridget, Columba
Isle of Man Maughold
Italy Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena
Jamaica BVM - Feast of the Assumption
Japan Francis Xavier, Martyrs of Japan
Jersey Helier
Jordan John the Baptist
Lithuania Casimir of Poland, Cunegund
Luxembourg BVM - Comforter of the Afflicted, Cunegund, Willibrord
Madagascar Vincent de Paul
Malta Paul the Apostle
Mexico BVM - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mongolia, Inner BVM - Immaculate Conception
Mongolia, Outer Francis Xavier
Netherlands Willibrord
New Zealan BVM - Our Lady of Help of Christians
New Caledonia BVM - Feast of the Assumption
Nicaragua James the Greater, the Apostle
Nigeria BVM - Queen of Nigeria
Norway Olaf, Magnus of Orkney
Orkney Islands Magnus of Orkney
Pakistan Thomas the Apostle, Francis Xavier
Papua New Guinea Michael the Archangel
Paraguay BVM - Feast of the Assumption
Philippines BVM - Immaculate Conception
Peru Joseph, Rose of Lima, Turibius of Mogroveio
Poland BVM - Queen of Poland, Adalbert of Prague, Stanislaus
Portugal BVM - Feast of the Assumption, Antony of Padua, George, Francis Borgia
Puerto Rico BVM - Our Lady of Divine Providence
Russia Joseph, Andrew the Apostle, Basil the Great, Nicholas of Bari
Sardinia Ephysus, Maurice
Scotland Andrew the Apostle, Andrew Avellinus
Sicily Vitus, Rosalia of Palermo
Slovakia BVM - Our Lady of Sorrows
Solomon Islands Maurice
Vietnam Joseph
Spain BVM - Immaculate Conception, James the Greater, the Apostle
Sri Lanka BVM - The Immaculate 'Our Lady of Lanka'
Sweden Bridget, Eric the Martyr
Switzerland Nicholas von Flue
Tanzania BVM - Immaculate Conception
Turkey John the Evangelist, the Apostle
United States of America BVM - Immaculate Conception
Uruguay BVM - Our Lady of Thirty-Three (exiles and independence fighters), Our Lady of Lujan, Philip and James, the Apostles
Venezuela BVM - Our Lady of Coromoto
Wales David
West Indies Gertrude of Helfta
Zaire BVM - Immaculate Conception

Trades and Professions

These connections may arise from the manner in which the saint was martyred (St. Apollonia had her teeth broken so is associated with dentists and toothache) their own occupation (Joseph, the father of Jesus, was traditionally a carpenter so is the patron saint of that trade) or from actions they performed during their lives (Gabriel, who brought God's message about her baby to Mary in the Annunciation, is associated with telecommunications and the Post Office).

Accountants Matthew
Actors and comedians Vitus, Genesius
Advertising executives Bernardino of Siena
Air hostesses Bona
Apprentices John Bosco
Archaeologists Damasus and Jerome
Archers Sebastian
Architects Thomas the Apostle, Barbara
Arms Dealers Adrian Nicomedia
Artists Luke
Astronauts/Flying/Pilots Joseph of Cupertino
Bakers Honoratus of Amiens
Bankers Bernardino of Feltres
Beekeepers Bernard of Clairvaux
Blacksmiths Eloi
Book-Keepers Matthew
Booksellers John of God
Brewers Bishop Armand, Wenceslaus the Martyr
Builders Stephen, Vincent Ferrer
Businessmen, Cloth Trade Homobonus
Butchers Adrian Nicomedia, Luke
Carpenters Joseph
Clergy Gabriel Possenti
Comedians Vitus
Dentists Apollonia
Doctors Luke, Pantaleon, Cosmas and Damian
Ecologists Francis of Assisi
Editors Francis of Sales
Embroiderers Clare
Engineers Benedict, Ferdinand
Farmers Isidore
Firemen Laurence, Agatha, Florian
Fishermen Peter, Andrew, Simon, Zeno, Nicholas of Bari
Florists Rose of Lima, Dorothy, Therese of Lisieux
Glassblowers and Glaziers Lucy
Grave-diggers Joseph of Arimathea
Gunners Barbara
Hairdressers Martin de Porres
Health Inspectors Raphael
Housewives and Cooks Martha
Jewellers/Goldsmiths Eloi
Journalists Francis of Sales
Judges Ivo of Kermartin
Laundry workers Veronica
Lawyers Hilary, Thomas More
Librarians Jerome
Lighthousekeepers Clement, Dunstan, Venerius
Magistrates Ferdinand III of Castile
Midwives Pantaleon, Rayund Nonnatus
Miners Barbara
Missionaries Francis Xavier
Mountaineers Bernard of Aosta
Musicians, Singers Cecilia
Nurses Camillus, Elizabeth of Hungary, John of God
Pawnbrokers Nicholas of Bari
Philatelists/Telecommunications Gabriel
Pilgrims Nicholas of Bari
Police officers Michael
Printers John of God
Prison guards Adrian Nicomedia
Public relations officers Bernardino of Siena
Publicans/Hoteliers Gentian
Sailors Francis of Paola, Phocas, Brendan, Erasmus
Scholars Thomas Aquinas, Bede, Jerome
Scientists Albert the Great
Secretaries Cassian of Imola
Shoemakers/Leatherworkers Crispin and Crispinian
Social Workers Louise de Marillac, John Francis Regis
Soldiers George, Maurice
Tax collectors Matthew
Taxi Drivers Fiacre
Teachers John Baptist de la Salle
Writers Francis of Sales

Sickness and Health

Patron saints of diseases may have overcome that particular sickness or helped others who suffered from it. There may also have been cases of unexplained cures for a disease when people prayed at a saint's shrine.

Abdominal pains Erasmus (Elmo)
Blindness Cosmas and Damian
Blood donors Our Lady of the Thorns
Breastfeeding Basilissa the Martyr
Cancer Peregrine Laziosi
Chilblains Basilissa the Martyr
Contagious diseases Sebastian
Epilepsy Dympna
Fever Genevieve
Headaches Denis, Bishop of Paris
Hernias Cathal (Catald)
Hoarseness Bernardino of Siena
Hydrophobia (Rabies) Hubert, Ubald of Gubbio
Lameness Giles
Mental Illness Dympna
Plague Cathal (Catald)
Skin diseases Marculf
Spas John the Baptist
Toothache Apollonia
Venereal diseases Fiacre
Women in labour Anne

Daily Life

Similarly to saints who are patrons of certain occupations, these associations usually develop from events in the saints' lives or even sayings ascribed to them, such as John the Baptist who said that he had been 'sent to make straight the way of the Lord' and is thus connected with motorways.

Accused (Falsely) Raymund
Animals Francis of Assisi
Babies the Holy Innocents
Brides/unmarried women Nicholas of Bari
Children (illegitimate) John Francis Regis
Children Nicholas of Bari
Crops Magnus of Fussen
Disasters Genevieve
Drought/Storms Cathal (Cathald)
Earthquakes Emygdius
Examinations Joseph of Cupertino
Harvests Antony of Padua
House hunting Joseph
Hunting Hubert
Infertility Rita of Cascia
Lost articles Antony of Padua
Lost Causes Jude
Lovers Valentine
Marriages (unhappy) Gengulf
Motherhood Nicholas of Tolentino
Motorways John the Baptist
Neighbourhood Watch Sebastian
Old People Teresa of Jornet e Ibars
Orphans Jerome Emiliani
Pets, pigs Antony the Abbot/of Egypt
Race relations Peter Claver
Savings Banks Anthony Claret
Skiers Our Lady of Graces, Bernard
Social Justice Martin of Porres
Television Clare
Theft Dismas
Travellers Christopher

Mary, Blessed Virgin


Nativity 05/09 (Octave 15/09)
Annunciation of Our Lord 07/04
Annunciation of Theotokos (Lady Day) 25/03
Immaculate Conception 08/12
Nativity of the Theotokos 08/09
Expectation 18/12
Presentation in the temple after birth of Christ 21/11
Purification of the Virgin (Candlemass?) 02/02
Incarnation 18/04
Assumption 15/08 (Vigil of, 14/08, Octave of, 22/08)
Visitation 27/06, 02/07, 31/05 (Octave 09/07)


'ad Martires' 12/05
Immaculate Heart of 12/06
Miraculous Medal 27/11
Mother of God 01/01
Mother of Good Counsel 26/04
Our Lady Help of Christians 24/05
Our Lady of Grace 09/06, 15/05
Our Lady of Mercy/Ransom 24/09
Our Lady of Piety 05/11
Our Lady of Sorrows/Maria de los Dolores 15/09
Our Lady of the Angels 02/08
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour 27/06
Our Lady of the Rosary 07/10
Our Lady of the Snows  
'Regina'/The Most Pure Heart/The Queenship of Mary 22/08
Resurrectio Dominica? 27/03
The Immaculate (Aparecida) 11/05


Dedication of Mary 'ad nives' (of the Snows) Maria Maggiore Rome 05/08
Great Queen of Hungary 08/10
Holy House/Our Lady of Loreto 10/12
Our Lady of Chiquinquira 18/11
Our Lady of Coromoto/Holy Name of Mary 12/09
Our Lady of Guadalupe 12/12
Our Lady of Lourdes 11/02
Our Lady of Mount Carmel 16/07
Our Lady of Nuria  
Our Lady of Peace 21/11
Our Lady of Pilar 12/10
Our Lady of Suyapa 02/02
Queen of Poland 03/05

Jesus Christ

Vigil of the Nativity (Christmas Eve) 24/12
Nativity/Emmanuel/Noel (Christmas Day) 25/12 (Trans 23/05)
Octave of the Nativity 01/01
The Holy Family 26/12 28/12
Presentation of Christ 02/02
Invention of the Cross/Holy Cross 03/05
Transfiguration 27/06, 27/07
Salvador del Mundo (Jesus) 05/08

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