Patron Saints

The list is sorted by their patron cause.

This list comes from The Catholic Source Book: Third Edition by Rev. Peter Klein (Brown-ROA, a division of Harcourt Brace & Company, Orlando, FL, 2000) with additions (without dates) from The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism edited by Richard P. McBrien (HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, 1995).

  • Accountants: Matthew
  • Actors: Genesius
  • Advertisers: Bernardino if Sena
  • Altar boys: John Berchmans (August 13)
  • Anesthetists: Rene Goupil
  • Animals: Francis, October 4
  • Animals, domestic: Ambrose, December 7; Cornelius, September 16
  • Archers: Sebastian
  • Architects/builders: Barbara (December 4 ); Thomas, ap, July 3
  • Armorers: Sebastian, January 20
  • Armories: Lawrence, August 10
  • Art: Catherine Bologna (March 9)
  • Artillerymen: Barbara (December 4 )
  • Artists: Luke, October 18; Michael, aa, September 29
  • Astronomers: Dominic, August 8
  • Athletes: Sebastian, January 20
  • Authors: Francis de Sales, January 29; Lucy, December 13
  • Aviators: Joseph of Cupertino (September 18); Therese of Lisieux, October 1; Our Lady of Loreto (December 10)
  • Bakers: Elizabeth of Hungary, November 17; Nicholas of Myra, December 6; Peter, ap, June 29
  • Bald people: Hedwig
  • Bankers: Matthew, September 21
  • Barbers: Cosmas and Damian, September 26; Louis of France, August 25
  • Barren women: Anthony of Padua, June 13; Felicity, March 7
  • Basket-makers: Anthony, ab, January 17
  • Beekeepers: Ambrose, December 7; Bernard of Clairvaux, August 20
  • Beggars: Elizabeth of Hungary, November 17; Giles (September 1); Alexis (July 17); Martin of Tours, November 11
  • Blacksmiths: Dunstan (May 19)
  • Blind: Dunstan (May 19); Odilia (December 13); Raphael, aa, September 29; Lucy, December13
  • Blood banks: Januarius
  • Bodily ills: Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11
  • Bookbinders: Peter Celestine (May 19)
  • Bookkeepers: Matthew
  • Booksellers: John, e, December 27
  • Boy Scouts: George, April 23
  • Brewers: Boniface, June 5; Augustine, August 28; Luke, October 18; Nicholas of Myra, Dec 6
  • Bricklayers: Stephen, December 26
  • Brides: Dorothy (February 6); Nicholas of Myra, December 6
  • Builders: Vincent Ferrer, April 5
  • Butchers: Anthony, ab, January 17; Adrian (September 8); Luke, e, October 18; Peter, ap, June 29
  • Cab drivers: Fiacre (September 1 in Ireland)
  • Cabinet makers: Anne, July 26
  • Cancer patients: Peregrine (May 1)
  • Canonists: Raymond of Penafort
  • Captives: Nicholas of Myra, December 6
  • Carpenters: Joseph, March 19; Thomas, July 3
  • Catechists: Viator, Charles Borromeo, Robert Bellarmine
  • Catholic action: Francis of Assisi, October 4
  • Catholic writers/press: Francis de Sales, January 24
  • Cattle: Cornelius, September 16
  • Cavalrymen: George, April 23
  • Charitable societies: Vincent de Paul, September 27
  • Children: Nicholas of Myra, December 6; Pancras, May 12
  • Children’s choir: Holy Innocents, December 28 (:,I,
  • Chivalry: George, April 23 ;i:
  • Church universal: Joseph, March 19 ~’
  • Clerics: Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother (February 27) (,;0;;;;
  • Clock-makers: Peter, June 29 ;
  • Cloth workers (fullers): Severus (October 22? , November 8?)
  • Comedians: Vitus (June 15)
  • Communication workers: Gabriel, September 29 r
  • Confessors: Alphonsus Liguori, August 1; John Nepomucene (May 16)
  • Convulsion in children: Scholastica, February 10
  • Cooks: Lawrence, August 10; Martha, July 29
  • Coppersmiths: Benedict, July 11
  • Crops, protector of: Ansovinus
  • Dairy workers: Bridget of Sweden, July 23
  • Deaf: Francis de Sales, January 24
  • Dentists: Apollonia (February 9)
  • Desperate situations: Jude Thaddacus, October 28; Gregory of Neocaesarea (“the Wonderworker”) (November 17)
  • Dietitians, hospital: Martha
  • Disabled: Giles (September 1)
  • Dog bites: Vitus
  • Drapers: Ursula (October 21)
  • Druggists: Cosmas and Damian, September 26; James the Less, ap, May 3
  • Dying: Joseph, March 19; Barbara (December 4)
  • Ecology: Francis of Assisi, October 4
  • Elderly: Anthony of Padua, June 13
  • Emigrants: Frances Xavier Cabrini, November 13
  • Engaged couples: Agnes, January 21
  • Engineers: Joseph, March 19; Ferdinand III (May 30)
  • Epilepsy: Vitus, Willibrord
  • Expectant mothers: Raymond Nonnatus (August 31 ); Gerard Majella (October 16)
  • Eye trouble: Lucy, December 13
  • Falsely accused: Raymond Nonnatus (August 31 )
  • Family: Joseph, March 19
  • Farmers: George, April 23; Isidore, May 15
  • Fire prevention: Catherine of Siena, April 29; Barbara (December 4)
  • Firefighters: Florian
  • First Communicants: Tarcisius (August 15)
  • Fishermen: Andrew, November 30
  • Florists: Dorothy (February 6); Therese of Lisieux, October 1
  • Forest workers: John Gualbert (July 12)
  • Founders: Barbara (December 4)
  • Foundlings: Holy Innocents, December 28
  • Funeral directors: Joseph of Arimathea (March 17); Dismas (March 25)
  • Gardeners: Agnes, January 21; Dorothy (February 6); Trypho (November 10); Fiacre (September 1 in Ireland)
  • Geometricians: Thomas, ap, July 3
  • Glass workers: Luke, October 18
  • Glaziers (people who fit glass in windows): Mark, April 25
  • Goldsmiths: Dunstan (May 19)
  • Grave diggers and graveyards: Anthony, ab, January 17
  • Grace, those in need: Teresa of Avila, October 15
  • Greetings: Valentine (February 14)
  • Grocers: Michael, aa, September 29
  • Guardian angels: Raphael, aa, September 29
  • Gunners: Barbara (December 4)
  • Hairdressers: Martin de Porres, November 3
  • Happy death: Joseph, March 19
  • Hatters: James the Less, ap, May 3
  • Haymakers: Gervase and Protase (June 19)
  • Headaches: Teresa of Avila, October 15
  • Heart ailments: John of God, March 8
  • Homemakers: Anne
  • Hospitality: Julian the Hospitaller (February 12)
  • Hospital Administrators: Basil the Great, Frances Xavier Cabrini
  • Hospitals: Camillus de Lellis, July 14; John of God, March 8; Jude Thaddaeus, ap, October 28
  • Housewives: Anne, July 26; Martha, July 29
  • Hunters: Hubert (November 3)
  • Immigrants: Frances Xavier Cabrini
  • Innkeepers: Martin of Tours, November 11
  • Interior souls: Joseph, March 19
  • Invalids: Roch (August 16)
  • Ironmongers: Sebastian, January 20
  • Jewelers: Eligius (December 1)
  • Journalists: Francis de Sales, January 24
  • Jurists: Catherine of Alexandria (November 25); John of Capistrano, October 23
  • Laborers: Isidore, May 15; James, July 25
  • Lawyers: Ivo of Chartres (June 17); Genesius (August 25)
  • Learning: Ambrose, December 7; Acca (November 27)
  • Librarians: Jerome, September 30
  • Locksmiths: Dunstan (May 19)
  • Lost things: Anthony, ab, January 17
  • Lovers: Raphael, aa, September 29
  • Maidens: Agnes, January 21; Margaret (July 20); Ursula (October 21 )
  • Mail carriers: Gabriel, September 29
  • Marble workers: Clement I (November 23)
  • Mariners: Michael, aa, September 29; Nicholas of Tolentino (September 10)
  • Medical technicians: Albertus Magnus
  • Mentally ill: Dymphna (May 15)
  • Merchants: Francis of Assisi, October 4; Nicholas of Myra, December 6
  • Messengers: Gabriel, aa
  • Metalworkers: Eligius (December 1 )
  • Military chaplains: John Capistrano
  • Millers: Victor (July 21 )
  • Miners: Barbara (December 4)
  • Missions: Francis Xavier, December 3; Therese of Lisieux, October 1
  • Missions, Black: Peter Claver, September 9; Benedict the Moor (April 4)
  • Missions, home: Leonard of Port Maurice (November 26)
  • Moral theologians: Alphonsus Liguori, August 1
  • Mothers: Monica, August 27; Anne, July 26
  • Motorcyclists: Our Lady of Grace (May 31 )
  • Motorists: Christopher (July 25)
  • Mountaineers: Bernard of Menthon (May 28)
  • Musicians: Cecilia, November 22; Gregory the Great, September 3; Paul, June 29
  • Notaries: Mark, April 25; Luke, October 18
  • Nurses: Agatha, February 5; Alexis (July 17); Camillus de Lellis, July 14; Raphael, September 29; John of God, March 8; Margaret of Scotland (November 16)
  • Nursing and Nursing Services: Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Siena
  • Orators: John Chrysostom
  • Orphans: Jerome Emiliani (July 20)
  • Painters: John the Evangelist, December 27; Luke, October 18
  • Paratroopers: Michael
  • Pawnbrokers: Nicholas of Myra, December 6
  • Peasants: Margaret (July 20)
  • Penitents: Mary Magdalene, July 22
  • Pharmacists: Cosmas and Damian, September 26
  • Philosophers: Catherine of Alexandria (November 25); Justin, June 1
  • Physicians: Cosmas and Damian, September 26; Luke, October 18; Raphael, September 29
  • Pilgrims: Alexis (July 17); James, July 25
  • Plague-stricken: Roch (August 16)
  • Plasterers: Bartholomew, August 24
  • Poets: Cecilia, November 22
  • Poisoning: Benedict, July 11
  • Policemen: Michael, September 29
  • Poor: Lawrence, August 10; Anthony of Padua, June 13
  • Porters: Christopher (July 25)
  • Possessed: Bruno, October 6; Denis, October 9
  • Postal workers: Gabriel, September 29
  • Potters: Sebastian, January 20
  • Preachers: John Chrysostom, September 13
  • Priests: John Vianney, August 4; Paul, June 29
  • Printers: Augustine, August 28; John the Evangelist, December 27; Genesius of Aries
    (August 25); John of God, March 8
  • Prisoners: Dismas (March 26); Barbara (December 4)
  • Prisons: Joseph Cafasso (June 23)
  • Public relations: Bernardino of Siena
  • Publishers: John the Evangelist, December 27; Francis de Sales, January 24
  • Radiologists: Michael, aa, September 29
  • Radio workers: Gabriel
  • Retreats: Ignatius of Loyola, July 31
  • Rheumatism: James the Greater, July 25
  • Saddlers: Crispin and Crispinian (October 25)
  • Sailors: Cuthbert (March 20); Erasmus (June 2); Nicholas of Tolentino, (September 10); Brendan (May 16); Eulalia (December 10); Christopher (July 25); Peter Gonzales (April 15)
  • Scholars: Bridget of Sweden, July 23
  • Schools: Thomas Aquinas, January 28
  • School children: Benedict, July 11; Lawrence, August 10
  • Scientists: Albert the Great, November 15
  • Sculptors: Luke, October 18; Claude (November 8)
  • Secretaries: Genesius of Aries (August 25)
  • Seminarians: Charles Borromeo, November 4
  • Servants, domestic: Zita (April 27); Martha, July 29 it
  • Shepherds: Cuthbert (March 20)
  • Shoemakers: Crispin and Crispinian (October 25) n:
  • Sick: Michael, September 29; John of God, March 8; Philomena (August 11 )
  • Silversmiths: Andronicus (October 11 )
  • Singers: Gregory, September 3; Cecilia, November 22
  • Singles: Andrew, November 30
  • Skaters: Ledwina (April 14)
  • Skiers: Bernard of Menthon (May 28)
  • Social workers: Louise de Marillac
  • Smiths: Eliguis (December 1 )
  • Snake bites: Vitus
  • Soldiers: George, April 23; Adrian (September 8); Michael, aa, September 29; Ignatius of Loyola, July 31; Sebastian, January 20; Martin of Tours, November 11; Joan of Arc (May 30)
  • Sore throat: Blaise, February 3
  • Speleologists: Benedict
  • Spinsters: Catherine of Alexandria (November 25)
  • Stenographers: Genesius (August 25); Cassian (December 3)
  • Stonecutters: Clement, November 23
  • Stonemasons: Stephen, December 26; Barbara (December 4)
  • Students: Catherine of Alexandria (November 25); Jerome, September 30; Thomas
    Aquinas, January 28
  • Surgeons: Cosmas and Damian, September 26
  • Swineherds: Anthony, June 13
  • Tailors: Boniface, June 5; Martin of Tours, November 11; Homobonus (November 13)
  • Tanners: Crispin and Crispinian (October 25); Lawrence, August 10
  • Tax collectors: Matthew, September 21
  • Teachers: Catherine of Alexandria (November 25); Gregory the Great, September 3; Ursula
    (October 21 ); John Baptist de La Salle, April 7
  • Telegraph/Telephone/Television workers: Gabriel, aa, September 29; Clare, August 11
  • Television: St. Clare, August 11
  • Tentmakers: Paul, June 29
  • Tertiaries: Louis of France, August 25; Elizabeth of Hungary, November 17
  • Theologians: Augustine, August 28
  • Travelers: Christopher (July 25); Julian the Hospitaller (February 12); Gertrude, November 16; Raphael, aa, September 29
  • Universities: Blessed Contardo Ferrini
  • Vocations: Alphonsus, August 1
  • Watchmen: Peter of Alcantara (October 19)
  • Weavers: Paul the Hermit (January 15); Anastasia (December 25)
  • Wheelwrights: Catherine of Alexandria (November 25)
  • Widows: Paula
  • Wine growers: Vincent, January 22
  • Wine merchants: Amand (February 6)
  • Women in labor: Anne, July 26
  • Womeds Army Corps: Genevieve (January 3)
  • Workers: Joseph, May 1
  • Writers: Francis de Sales
  • Yachtsmen: Adjutor
  • Young boys: Dominic Savio
  • Young girls: Agnes, January 21
  • Youth: Aloysius Gonzaga, June 21; John Berchmans (August 13); Gabriel Possenti (February 27)

Patron Saints of Countries

  • Americas: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rose of Lima
  • Angola: Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Argentina: Our Lady of Lujan
  • Armenia: Gregory Illuminator (October 1 )
  • Australia: Francis Xavier, December 3
  • Belgium: Joseph, March 19
  • Bohemia: Wenceslaus, September 28; Ludmilla, grandmother of Wenceslaus (September 16); John Nepomucene (May 16)
  • Bolivia: Our Lady of Copacabana (“Virgen de la Candelaria”)
  • Borneo: Francis Xavier, December 3
  • Brazil: Immaculate Conception, December 8
  • Canada: Joseph, March 19; Anne, July 26
  • Chile: James the Greater, July 25; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, July 16
  • China: Joseph, March 19
  • Colombia: Peter Claver, September 9; Louis Bertrand (October 9)
  • Cuba: Our Lady of Charity
  • Cyprus: Barnabas
  • Czech Republic: Wenceslaus, September 28; John Nepomucene (May 16); Procopius (July 8)
  • Denmark: Anskar, February 3; Canute IV (January 19)
  • Dominican Republic: Our Lady of High Grace (April 4); Dominic, August 8
  • East Indies: Thomas, ap, July 3
  • Ecuador: Sacred Heart
  • El Salvador: Our Lady of Peace
  • England: George, April 23
  • Ethiopia: Frumentius
  • Europe (co-patrons): Benedict, July 11; Cyril and Methodius, February 14
  • Finland: Henry I July 13
  • France: Joan of Arc (May 30); Denis, October 9
  • Germany: Boniface, June 5
  • Greece: Nicholas of Myra, December 6
  • Holland: Willibrord (November 7)
  • Hungary: Stephen of Hungary (king), August 16
  • Iceland: Thorlac
  • India: Our Lady of Assumption, August 15
  • Ireland: Patrick, March 17; Brigid of Kildare (February 1); Columba {June 9)
  • Italy: Francis of Assisi, October 4; Catherine of Siena, April 29
  • Japan: Peter Baptist (February 5)
  • Korea: Joseph and Mary; Mother of the Church
  • Lithuania: Casimir, March 4; Cunegunda (March 3)
  • Luxembourg: Willibrord
  • Malta: Paul, Our Lady of the Assumption
  • Mexico: Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12
  • Monaco: Devota
  • Netherlands: Willibrord
  • New Zealand: Our Lady Help of Christians
  • Norway: Olaf (July 29)
  • Paraguay: Our Lady of Assumption, August 15
  • Papua New Guinea: Michael the Archangel
  • Peru: Joseph
  • Philippines: Sacred Heart of Mary (August 22)
  • Poland: Casimir, March 4
  • Portugal: Immaculate Conception, December 8; Francis Borgia (October 10); Anthony of Padua, June 13
  • Russia: Andrew, November 30; Nicholas, December 6
  • Scandinavia: Ansgar .,
  • Scotland: Andrew, November 30
  • Slovakia: Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15
  • South America: Rose of Lima
  • Solomon Islands: Most Holy Name of Mary
  • Spain: James the Greater (July 25); Teresa, October 15
  • Sri Lanka: Lawrence
  • Sweden: Bridget, July 23; Eric (May 18)
  • Switzerland: Gall
  • Tanzania: Immaculate Conception
  • Union of South Africa: Our Lady of Assumption, August 15
  • United States of America: Immaculate Conception, December 8
  • Uruguay: Our Lady of Lujan
  • Venezuela: Our Lady of Coromoto
  • Wales: David (March 1 )
  • West Indies: Gertrude