PATRON SAINTS

A patron saint is one who is venerated as a special intercessor before God.  Most patron saints have been so designated, as the result of popular devotion and long-standing custom. In many cases, the fact of existing patronal devotion is clear despite historical obscurity regarding its origin. The Church has made official designation of relatively few patron saints. The theological background of the patronage of a saint includes the dogmas of the Mystical Body of Christ and the Communion of Saints. Listed below are patron saints of occupations, professions, and saints whose intercession is generally sought out for special needs.

 

Can. 1186 To foster the sanctification of the people of God, the Church commends to the special and filial veneration of Christ's faithful the Blessed Mary ever-Virgin, the Mother of God, whom Christ constituted the Mother of all. The Church also promotes the true and authentic cult of the other Saints, by whose example the faithful are edified and by whose intercession they are supported.

 

Can. 1187 Only those servants of God may be venerated by public cult who have been numbered by ecclesiastical authority among the Saints or the Blessed.

 

Code of Canon Law

Title IV:  The Cult of the Saints, of Sacred Images and of Relics 

1186-1187

 

The list below of Patron Saints are in alphabetical order according to topics.  The date shown refers to the Feast Day for that Saint.  Finally, the Feast date refers to the New Roman Calendar for that particular saint and not to the Traditional Latin Calendar.   

 

                                                              TOPIC -  SAINT - FEAST DAY-             

ABANDONED INFANTS - ST. JEROME EMILIANI - 02/08 -
ACCOUNTANTS - ST. MATTHEW - 09/21
ADVERTISERS - ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA - 05/20
ALTAR SERVERS - ST. JOHN BERCHMANS - 08/13
ANIMALS - ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI - 10/04
ANIMALS, DOMESTIC - ST. ANTHONY OF EGYPT - 01/17
ANIMALS, DOMESTIC - ST. CORNELIUS - 09/16
ANIMALS, DOMESTIC - ST. AMBROSE - 12/07
APOLOGISTS - ST. JUSTIN - 06/01
ARCHERS - ST. SEBASTIAN - 01/20
ARCHITECTS - ST. THOMAS - 07/03
ARMORERS - ST. SEBASTIAN - 01/20
ARMORIES - ST. LAWRENCE - 08/10
ARTISTS - ST. MICHAEL - 09/29
ARTISTS - ST. LUKE - 10/18
ASTRONOMERS - ST. DOMINIC - 08/08
ATHLETES - ST. SEBASTIAN - 01/20
AUTHORS - ST. FRANCIS DE SALES 01/24
AUTHORS - ST. LUCY - 12/13
AUTOMOBILISTS - ST. FRANCIS OF ROME - 03/09
AVIATORS - ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS - 10/01
AVIATORS - OUR LADY OF LORETTO - 12/10
BAKERS - ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY - 11/17
BAKERS - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA - 12/06
BAKERS - ST. PETER THE APOSTLE - 06/29
BANKERS - ST. MATTHEW THE APOSTLE - 09/21
BARBERS - ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE - 08/25
BARBERS - SS. COSMAS AND DAMIAN - 09/26
BARREN WOMEN - ST. FELICITY - 03/07
BARREN WOMEN - ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA - 06/13
BASKET-MAKERS - ST. ANTHONY OF EGYPT - 01/17
BEEKEEPERS - ST. BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX
BEEKEEPERS - ST. AMBROSE - 12/07
BEGGARS - ST. MARTIN OF TOURS - 11/11
BEGGARS - ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY - 11/17
BLIND - SS. COSMAS AND DAMIAN - 09/26
BLIND - ST. LUCY -12/13
BLIND - ST. RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
BODILY ILLS - OUR LADY OF LOURDES - 02/11
BOOKKEEPERS - ST. MATTHEW THE APOSTLE - 09/21
BOOKSELLERS - ST. JOHN OF GOD - 03/08
BOOKSELLERS - ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST - 12/27
BOOKSELLERS - ST. THOMAS AQUINAS - 01/28
BOY SCOUTS - ST. GEORGE - 04/23
BREWERS - ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO - 08/28
BREWERS - ST. BONIFACE OF MAINZ - 06/05
BREWERS - ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST - 10/18
BREWERS - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA - 12/06
BRICKLAYERS - ST. STEPHEN - 12/26
BRIDES - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA - 12/06
BROADCASTERS - ST. GABRIEL THE ARCHANGEL - 09/29
BRUSH-MAKERS - ST. ANTHONY OF EGYPT - 01/07
BUILDERS - ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE - 07/03
BUILDERS - ST. VINCENT FERRER - 04/05
BUTCHERS - ST. ANTHONY OF EGYPT - 01/17
BUTCHERS - ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST - 10/18
CABINET-MAKERS - ST. ANNE MOTHER OF MARY 07/26
CANCER PATIENTS- ST. PEREGRINE LAZIOSI 05/02
CANDLE MAKERS - ST. AMBROSE 12/07
CANONIST - ST. RAYMOND OF PENYAFORT 01/07
CAPTIVES - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA 12/06
CARPENTERS - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 03/19
CATECHISTS - ST. CHARLES BORROMEO 11/04
CATECHISTS - ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE 09/17
CATECHUMENS - ST. CHARLES BORROMEO 11/04
CATECHUMENS - ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE 09/17
CATHOLIC ACTION - ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI 10/04
CATHOLIC ACTION - ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE 06/29
CATHOLIC CHARITIES - ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY 11/17
CATHOLIC CHARITIES - ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS - ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 01/28
CATHOLIC WRITERS/PRESS - ST. FRANCIS DE SALES 01/24
CATHOLIC YOUTH - ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA 06/21
CATHOLIC YOUTH - ST. CHARLES LWANGA 06/03
CATTLE - ST. CORNELIUS 09/16
CAVALRYMEN - ST. GEORGE 04/23
CHANDLERS - ST. AMBROSE 12/07
CHANDLERS - ST. BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX 08/20
CHARITABLE SOCIETIES - ST. VINCENT DE PAUL 09/27
CHILD BIRTH - ST. GERARD MAJELLA 10/16
CHILDREN - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA 12/06
CHILDREN - ST. PANCRAS 05/12
CHILDREN ABANDONED - ST. JEROME EMILIANI 02/08
CHILDREN OF MARY - ST. AGNES 01/21
CHILDREN OF MARY - ST. MARIA GORETTI 07/06
CHILDLESS WOMEN - ST. ANNE MOTHER OF MARY 07/26
CHIVALRY - ST. GEORGE 04/23
CHRISTIAN MOTHERS - ST. ANNE MOTHER OF MARY 07/26
CHURCH - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 03/19
CLOCK MAKERS - ST. PETER THE APOSTLE 06/29
COMMUNICATIONS - ST. GABRIEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
CONFESSORS - ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI 08/01
CONVULSION IN CHILDREN - ST.SCHOLASTICA 02/10
COOKS - ST. LAWRENCE 08/10
COOKS - ST. MARTHA 07/29
COOPERS - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA 12/06
CURSILLO MOVEMENT - ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE 06/29
CUSTOM OFFICIALS - ST. MATTHEW THE APOSTLE 09/21
DEAF - ST. FRANCIS DE SALES 01/24
DESPERATE SITUATIONS - ST. JUDE THADDEUS 10/28
DOCTORS - ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST 10/18
DRUGGISTS - ST. JAMES THE LESS 05/03
DRUGGISTS - SS. COSMOS AND DAMIAN 09/26
DYING - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 03/19
DYING - ST. JAMES THE LESS 05/03
ECOLOGY - ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI 10/04
EDITORS - ST. JOHN BOSCO 01/31
ELDERLY - ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA 06/13
EMIGRANTS - ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CABRINI 11/13
ENGAGED COUPLES - ST. AGNES 01/21
ENGINEERS - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 0 3/19
EXPECTANT MOTHERS - ST. GERARD MAJELLA 10/16
EYE DISORDERS - ST. CLARE OF ASSISI 08/11
EYE TROUBLE - ST. LUCY 12/13
FAMILY - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 03/19
FARMERS - ST. GEORGE 04/23
FARMERS - ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER 05/15
FARRIERS - ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST 06/24
FATHERS - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 03/19
FIREFIGHTERS - ST. FLORIAN 05/04
FIRE PREVENTION - ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA 04/29
FIRES - ST. AGATHA 02/05
FISHERMEN - ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE 11/30
FISHERMEN - ST. PETER THE APOSTLE 06/29
FLORISTS - ST. ROSE OF LIMA 08/23
FLORISTS - ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS 10/01
FULLERS - ST. JAMES THE LESS 05/03
GARDENERS - ST. ROSE OF LIMA 08/23
GEOMETRICIANS - ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE 08/23
GIRLS - ST. AGNES 01/21
GLASS-WORKERS ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST 10/18
GLAZIERS - ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST 04/25
GRAVE-DIGGERS - ST. ANTHONY OF EGYPT 01/17
GROCERS - ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
GUARDIAN ANGELS - ST. RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
HAIRDRESSERS ST. MARTIN DE PORRES 11/03
HARVEST - ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA 06/13
HATTERS - ST. JAMES THE LESS 05/03
HEADACHES - ST. TERESA OF AVILA 10/15
HERNIA - ST. PADRE PIO 9/23
HEART AILMENTS - ST. JOHN OF GOD 03/08
HOSPITALS - ST. JOHN OF GOD 03/08
HOSPITALS - ST. JUDE THADDEUS 10/28
HOUSEWIVES ST. ANNE MOTHER OF MARY 07/26
HOUSEWIVES - ST. MARTHA 07/29
IMMIGRANTS - ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CABRINI 11/13
INN-KEEPERS - ST. MARTIN DE PORRES 11/03
INTERIOR SOULS - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 03/19
IRONMONGERS - ST. SEBASTIAN 01/20
JOURNALISTS - ST. FRANCIS DE SALES 01/24
JURISTS - ST. JOHN CAPISTRANO 10/23
KNIGHTS - ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
LABORERS - ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER 05/15
LABORERS - ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE 07/25
LAWYERS - ST. THOMAS MORE 06/22
LAY APOSTATE - ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE 06/29
LEARNING - ST. AMBROSE 12/07
LIBRARIANS - ST. JEROME 09/30
LOST ARTICLES - ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA 06/13
LOVERS - ST. RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
MARBLE-WORKERS - ST. CLEMENT I 11/23
MARINERS - ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
MARINERS - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA 12/06
MARRIED WOMEN - ST. MONICA 08/27
MASONS - ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE 08/25
MERCHANTS - ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI 10/04
MERCHANTS - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA 12/06
MESSENGERS - ST. GABRIEL 09/29
MILITARY CHAPLAINS - ST. JOHN OF CAPISTRANO 10/23
MINERS - ST. ANNE MOTHER OF MARY 07/26
MISSIONS - ST. FRANCIS XAVIER 12/03
MISSIONS - ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS 10/01
MISSIONS (NEGRO) - ST. PETER CLAVER 09/09
MOTHERS - ST. ANNE MOTHER OF MARY 07/26
MOTHERS - ST. MONICA 08/27
MUSICIANS - ST. CECILIA 11/22
MUSICIANS - ST. GREGORY THE GREAT 09/03
MUSICIANS - ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE 06/29
NOTARIES - ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST 10/18
NOTARIES - ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST 04/25
NURSES - ST. AGATHA 02/05
NURSES - ST. JOHN OF GOD 03/08
NURSES- ST. RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
OLD MAIDS - ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE 11/30
ORATORS - ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM 09/13
ORGAN BUILDERS - ST. CECILIA 11/22
ORPHANS - ST. JEROME EMILIANI 02/08
PAINTERS - ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST 12/27
PAINTERS - ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST 10/18
PARATROOPERS - ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
PAWNBROKERS - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA 12/06
PENITENTS - ST. MARY MAGDALENE 07/22
PHARMACISTS - SS. COSMAS AND DAMIAN 09/26
PHILOSOPHERS - ST. JUSTIN 06/01
PHILOSOPHERS - ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 01/28
PHYSICIANS - SS. COSMAS AND DAMIAN 09/26
PILGRIMS - ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE 07/25
PHYSICIANS - ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST 10/18
PHYSICIANS - ST. RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
PLASTERERS - ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE 08/24
PLUMBERS - ST. VINCENT FERRER 04/05
POETS - ST. CECILIA 11/22
POISONING - ST. BENEDICT OF NURSIA 07/11
POLICEMEN - ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
POOR - ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA 06/13
POOR - ST. LAWRENCE 08/10
POSSESSED - ST. BRUNO 10/06
POSSESSED - ST. DENIS 10/09
POSTAL EMPLOYEES - ST. GABRIEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
PREACHERS - ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM 09/13
PRIESTS - ST. JOHN MARY VIANNEY 08/04
PRINTERS - ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO 08/28
PRINTERS - ST. JOHN OF GOD 03/08
PRINTERS - ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST 06/24
RADIO-WORKERS - ST. GABRIEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
RADIOLOGISTS - ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
RETREATS - ST. IGNASTIUS OF LOYOLA 07/31
RHEUMATISM - ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE 07/25
ROME - ST. LAWRENCE 08/10
ROME - ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE 06/29
ROME - ST. PETER THE APOSTLE 06/29
ROME - ST. PHILIP NERI 05/26
RURAL COMMUNITIES - ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER 05/15
SACRED MUSIC - ST. CECILIA 11/22
SAILORS - ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA 12/06
SCHOOLS - ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 01/28
SCHOOLS FOR THE POOR - ST. JOSEPH CALASANZ 08/25
SCHOOLBOYS - ST. BENEDICT OF NURSIA 07/11
SCHOOLBOYS - ST. LAWRENCE 08/10
SCIENTISTS - ST. ALBERT THE GREAT 11/15
SCRIPTURE SCHOLARS - ST. JEROME 09/30
SCULPTORS - ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE 08/25
SCULPTORS - ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST 10/18
SEMINARIANS - ST. CHARLES BORROMEO 11/04
SERVANTS - ST. MARTHA 07/29
SICK - ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE 08/24
SICK - ST. JOHN OF GOD 03/08
SICK - ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
SICK PILGRIMS - ST. PIUS X 08/21
SINGERS - ST. CECILIA 11/22
SINGERS - ST. GREGORY THE GREAT 09/03
SINGLES - ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE 11/30
SKIN DISEASES - ST. ANTHONY OF EGYPT 01/17
SNAKE BITES - ST. HILARY OF POITIERS 01/13
SOCIAL JUSTICE - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 03/19
SOCIAL JUSTICE - ST. MARTIN DE PORRES 11/03
SOLDIERS - ST. GEORGE 04/23
SOLDIERS - ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA 07/31
SOLDIERS - ST. MARTIN OF TOURS 11/11
SOLDIERS - ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
SOLDIERS - ST. SEBASTIAN 01/20
SORE THROAT - ST. BLAISE 02/03
SPEAKERS - ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM 09/13
STOMACH DISORDERS - ST. TIMOTHY 01/26
STONE-CUTTERS - ST. CLEMENT I 11/23
STONE-MASONS - ST. STEPHEN 12/26
STUDENTS - ST. JEROME 09/30
STUDENTS - ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 01/28
SURGEONS - SS. COSMAS AND DAMIAN 09/26
SURGEONS - ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST 10/18
SWINE HERDS - ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA 06/13
TAILORS - ST. BONIFACE 06/05
TAILORS - ST. HOMOBONUS 11/13
TAILORS - ST. MARTIN OF TOURS 11/11
TANNERS - ST. LAWRENCE 08/10
TAX-GATHERS - ST. MATTHEW 09/21
TEACHERS - ST. GREGORY THE GREAT 09/03
TEACHERS (PRINCIPALS) - ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE 04/07
TEENAGE GIRLS - ST. MARIA GORETTI 07/06
TELECOMMUNICATIONS - ST. GABRIEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
TELEGRAPH/TELEPHONE - ST. CLARE OF ASSISI 08/11
TELEGRAPH/TELEPHONE - ST. GABRIEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
TELEVISION - ST. CLARE OF ASSISI 08/11
TENT MAKERS - ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE 06/29
TERTIARIES - ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY 11/17
TERTIARIES - ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE 08/25
THEOLOGY - ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO 0 8/28
THEOLOGY - ST. THOMAS OF AQUINAS 01/28
THEOLOGY (MORAL) - ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI 08/01
TRAVELERS - ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA 06/13
TRAVELERS - ST. RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 09/29
UNIVERSAL CHURCH - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 03/19
UNIVERSITIES - ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 01/28
VITNERS - ST. VINCENT 01/22
VOCATIONS - ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI 08/01
VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS - ST. AGATHA 02/05.
WAITERS\WAITRESSES - ST. MARTHA 07/29
WIDOWS - ST. FRANCES OF ROME 03/09
WINE-GROWERS - ST. MARTIN OF TOURS 11/11
WINE-GROWERS - ST. VINCENT 01/22
WOMEN IN LABOR - ST. ANNE MOTHER OF MARY 07/26
WORKERS - ST. JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY 03/19
WRITERS - ST. FRANCIS DE SALES 01/24
WRITERS - ST. LUCY 12/13
YOUNG GIRLS - ST. AGNES 01/21
YOUTH - ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA 06/21
YOUTH - ST. MARIA GORETTI 07/ 06
ZOO - ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI 10/04
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