How to Find a Patron Saint

by Culture & Society Editor

The tradition of patron saints, canonized men and women called upon for intercession on behalf of individuals, organizations and occupations, is an important part of the history and current practice of the Catholic Faith. Catholics pray to their patron saints for help and for intercession to Jesus. Those new to the Catholic Faith, as well as lifelong Catholics and teens preparing for confirmation, have reason to choose patron saints.

Learn about the patron saints of your state in life or occupation. Writers have help from the intercession of St. Francis de Sales, women in labor implore the assistance of St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus, and St. Monica is the patron saint of mothers. St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, cares for the spiritual welfare and needs of the dying. Infertile women have a friend in St. Antony of Padua and emigrants in St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. St. Isidore the Farmer is the patron saint of farmers.

Choose patron saints for protection. St. George and St. Martin of Tours are the protectors of soldiers and Christians call upon St. Michael the Archangel to protect police officers. Scientists pray for help from St. Albert the Great.

Be specific when choosing patron saints. There are many St. Johns, for example, and several St. Marias. Be particular-your patron saint is the individual person, not just a name.

Read the lives of the saints and choose patron saints whose virtues you would like to emulate. A particular saint might inspire you in a special way-consider choosing him or her as your patron.

Find out which patron saints share your first or middle name. Even if you were not named for a saint, you can choose one with the same name as your patron. Consider asking Catholic relatives or friends who their patrons are for inspiration.

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