Popular Catholic Patron Saints

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Panting of Saint Margaret of Cortona

Where would we be, as people of faith, without saints and blesseds? These holy women and men are special signs of God’s activity. Their surrender to God’s love was so generous an approach to the total surrender of Jesus that the Church recognizes them as heroes and heroines worthy to be held up for our inspiration. They remind us that the Church is holy, can never stop being holy, and is called to show the holiness of God by living the life of Christ.

Our holiness is the same as theirs—God’s holiness. Their lives were indeed conditioned by the culture and history of their own day; their expression of holiness is partly different from what it would be in the 21st century. But the essence is the same: They received God’s gift with joy. They call to us to do likewise.
—Pat McCloskey, OFM

Here are some popular patron saints.


Accountants/Bankers/Bookkeepers: Matthew
Adolescents: Pio of Pietrelcina
African Americans: Martin de Porres • Benedict the African
Americas: Rose of Lima
Andalusia: John of Avila
Archaeologists: Damasus I
Artists: Fra Angelico (Blessed John of Fiesole) • Luke
Asthmatics: Our Lady of Lourdes
Astronauts: Joseph of Cupertino
Australia: Mary MacKillop
Babies: Holy Innocents
Bakers: Elizabeth of Hungary
Baptism: Nativity of John the Baptist
Barbers/Hairstylists: Pierre Toussaint
Beekeepers: Ambrose
Beggars: Giles
Blood Donors: Januarius
Bohemia: Wenceslaus
Booksellers: John of God
Bowel Disorders: Bonaventure
Boy Scouts: George
Brazil: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Bricklayers: Stephen of Hungary
Brides: Catherine of Genoa
Brindisi: Lawrence of Brindisi
Builders: Vincent Ferrer
Butchers: Anthony of Egypt
Canary Islands: Pedro de San José Betancur
Canon Lawyers: Raymond of Peñafort
California Missions: Junipero Serra
Canada: Joseph
Cancer Sufferers: Leopold of Mandic
Carpenters: Matthias
Catechists/Catechumens: Robert Bellarmine
Catholic Schools: Elizabeth Ann Seton
Charitable Societies: Vincent de Paul
Catholic Youth: Maria Goretti
Children: Nicholas
Chile: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Christian Schools: Joseph Calasanz
Clerics: Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Cloistered Nuns: Scholastica
Colombia: Peter Claver
Comedians: Phiip Neri
Communicators: Gabriel
Computer Programmers: Carlo Acutis
Conscientious Objectors: Franz Jägerstätter
Converts to Christianity: Teresa Benedicta of the Cross • Augustine of Hippo
Cooks: Paschal Baylon
Cyprus: Barnabas
Czech Republic: Norbert • Adalbert of Prague
Deacons: Lawrence • Stephen
Denmark: Ansgar
Dentists/Relief from Toothaches: Apollonia
Desperate Situations: Simon and Jude
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Claude de la Colombière
Difficult Marriages: Marguerite d’Youville
Disabled People: Giles
Doctors: Gianna Beretta Molla
Domestic Workers: Angela Salawa 


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saint francis of assisi patron saint of ecology

Earthquakes: Francis Borgia
Ecology: Francis of Assisi
Education/Teachers: Angela Merici • John Bosco • Thomas Aquinas • John NeumannJohn Baptist de la Salle • Julie BilliartMadeleine Sophie Barat
El Salvador: Oscar Romero
England: Augustine of Canterbury
Equestrians: Andrew
Europe: Bridget of Sweden
Exiles: Joachima
Expectant Mothers: Colette
Families: John Paul II
Farmers: Isidore the Farmer
Fathers: Joseph • Franz Jägerstätter
Fire Prevention: Catherine of Siena
First Communicants: Pius X
First RespondersMichael the Archangel
Fishermen: Andrew
Florists: Rose of Viterbo
France: Joan of Arc • Denis and Companions  
Franciscan Lay Brothers: Didacus
Germany: Boniface
Girl Scouts: Agnes
Grandparents/Elderly: Jeanne Jugan
Greece: Paul


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saint clare of assisi patron saint of television

Healing from Diseases of the Breast: Agatha
Healthcare Workers: Camillus de Lellis
Homeless: Benedict Joseph Labre
Homemakers: Frances of Rome • Martha
Hopeless Causes: Jude
Hospital Administrators: Frances Xavier Cabrini
Human Trafficking Survivors: Josephine Bakhita
Hungary: Stephen of Hungary
Infertility: Rita of Cascia
Immigrants to America: Francis Xavier Seelos • John Neumann • Theodora Guérin
India: Thomas
Indigenous Americans: Kateri Tekakwitha
Indigenous People of the Americas: Juan Diego
Industrial Workers: Adolph Kolping
Internet Users: Isidore of Seville
Ireland: Patrick
Journalists: Francis de Sales, Titus Brandsma
Judges: John of Capistrano
Kidney Disease: Benedict
Laywomen: Mary Magdalene 
Lebanon: Sharbel Makhlouf
Legal Profession: Thomas More
Librarians: Jerome
Lisbon: Vincent of Zaragossa
Lithuania: John of Kanty
Loss of Parents: Mary Ann of Jesus
Lost Items: Anthony of Padua
Lourdes: Bernadette Soubirous


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saint martha patron saint of cooks

Majorca: Alphonsus Rodriguez
Mariners and Tanners: Clement
Married Couples: Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin
Mexico: Our Lady of Guadalupe
Migrant Workers: Lorenzo Ruiz
MilitaryMartin of Tours • George
Missionaries: Francis Xavier • Thérèse of Lisieux • John Eudes
Morticians: Joseph of Arimathea
Mothers: Gianna Beretta Molla • Jane Frances de Chantal • Joachim and Anne • Monica
Motorcyclists: Columban
Musicians: Gregory the Great • Cecilia
Mystics: John of the Cross
Naples: Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi
Nicaragua: James
Norway: Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions
North Africa: Cyprian
Oceania: Peter Chanel
Orators: John Chrysostom
Orphans: Jerome Emiliani
Pallbearers: Joseph of Arimathea 
Parents: Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin
Parish Priests: John Vianney
Persons with Disabilities: Michael Giedroyc
Peru: Turibius of Mogrovejo
Pharmacists: John Leonardi • Justin Martyr
Philosophers: Catherine of Alexandria
Physicians and Surgeons: Luke
Pilots/Astronauts: Joseph of Cupertino
Plasterers: Bartholomew
Poets: John Henry Newman
Poland: Stanislaus 
Police Officers/First Responders: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael
Portuguese Children: Jacinta and Francisco Marto


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saint matthew patron saint of bookkeepers

Prisoners: Maximilian Kolbe
Protection from Earthquakes: Francis Solano
Protection from Eye Ailments: Lucy
Protection from Skin Diseases: Damien de Veuster • Marianne Cope
Protection from Throat Ailments: Blaise
Prussia: Joseph Cafasso
Public Relations: Bernardine of Siena
Racial Justice: Katharine Drexel
Recovery from Addiction: Matt Talbot
Relief from Earaches: Polycarp
Relief from Headaches: Teresa of Avila
Relief from Hernias: Conrad of Piacenza
Retreats: Ignatius of Loyola
Roman Catholic Diocesan Clergy: Thomas Becket
Russia: Basil the Great
Sailors: Peter Gonzalez
Scholars: Bede • John Duns Scotus
Scientists: Albert the Great
Secular Franciscans: Louis of France
Seminarians: Charles Borromeo
Shepherds: Paschal Baylon
Siblings: Jacinta and Francisco Marto • Martha, Mary and Lazarus
Sick People: Giles Mary of Saint Joseph
Single Mothers: Margaret of Cortona
Social Workers: Louise de Marillac
Spiritual Directors: Ephrem
Strokes: Wolfgang of Regensburg
Students: Dominic Savio
Teenagers: Aloysius Gonzaga
Television: Clare of Assisi
Theology Students: John Damascene
Tortured: Charles Lwanga and Companions
Travel: Raphael
Travelers: Sebastian of Aparicio • Christopher
Turkey: John the Evangelist
Ukraine: Josaphat
Unemployed: Cajetan
United States: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Universal Church: Joseph
Uruguay: Philip and James
Valencia: Louis of Toulouse
Valletta, Malta: Pius V
Venice: Mark
Vercelli: Eusebius
Vienna, Austria: Clement Mary Hofbauer
Visually Impaired: Raphael
Volunteers: Albert Chmielowski
Vocations: Alphonsus Liguori
Wales: David of Wales
Weavers: Anthony Mary Claret
West Indies: Gertrude the Great
Widows: Perpetua and Felicity
World Youth Day: Teresa of Calcutta


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