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Patron Saint Information (Q & A)

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Summary: Patron Saints Information in Q & A Format

Keywords: Patron Saints, Patron Saint Index, Patronage, Who is My Patron Saint?, Who is Patron Saint of...?, How to Find a Patron Saint

A lot of people come to this site with questions about patron saints. I have personally answered some of these questions via chat. The questions vary but many want to find their own patron saint or find a patron saint for a certain activity. I have been asked to submit an article on this site to try to help answer some common questions, therefore I am submitting this short article to attempt to answer a few of these questions.

Q. Who is my patron saint?

A. Your patron saints include: (1) the saint you were named after, (2) the saint whose name you were given at Baptism, and (3) the saint whose name you took at Confirmation. These saints may be said to have a particular patronage over you. You may also consider other patron saints, such as those who are patron saints for your location, your situation (mother or father, priest, etc.), occupation, interests, hobbies, medical condition (e.g. cancer sufferers), etc. or those with feasts falling on particular days (e.g. your birthday). I also think it is good to consider as patrons those for whom you feel a particular attachment and those who have helped you in the past. There are no "strict rules" on who you are "allowed" to claim as a patron saint. Clearly, however those mentioned first (1-3) may be considered to have a special patronage over you.

Q. Do all saints have an assigned patronage?

A. No. In fact, most saints are not "assigned" a particular patronage. There are many thousands of saints but not nearly as many "assigned" patronages.

Q. Might a saint have patronage over more than one thing?

A. Yes. Saints may have patronage over various areas, occupations, conditions, situations, etc.

Q. Does every cause, disease, activity, hobby, etc. have a patron saint?

A. Not necessarily. However, patronage can be defined broadly. For example, there may be no patron saint for a particular type of cancer, but there are patron saints for cancer in general as well as patrons for certain side effects (e.g. headaches, stomach pains).

Q. Should you invoke a saint if their patronage is "close" but not exact?

A. I would definitely say yes. The saints understand our troubles and want to help us. It would seem strange indeed to think that a friend of God would not want to intercede for someone because their "assigned patronage" was close, but not exact. However, if there was a saint with the exact patronage, it would make sense to invoke their help.

Q. Who is the patron saint of ...?

A. To find a particular patron saint, try the patron saint index available on this site (see question below).

Q. How do I find patron saints on this site?

A. To find a particular patron saint, try the patron saints index. To use this index, click the "Saints" link located on the side bar throughout the site (or click here). Then click the applicable "view" or "search" link. You can view all records alphabetically either by the saints' names or by their patronage. Or, to search for a specific record, use the search options. Use the search by name option if you know the name of the saint and are trying to find their patronage. If you know the patronage, try searching by patronage. You can also search based on first initial. For example, if you are looking for St. Mary but don't know if her name might be spelled "Mary", "Marie", "Maria", etc. search by first initial "M" to view all records starting with "M". Similarly, you can search by first initial for patronage. Also very helpful is the option to search by category. For example if you are looking for a patron saint for a medical problem select "Medical / Negative Conditions". Similarly, select "Occupational / Industries" if you are looking for a work-related patron saint. Simply follow the instructions on the page to search.

Q. Is every patron saint listed in your index?

A. While the patron saint index on this site has many listings, it does not contain every single patron saint or patronage.

Q. What are some tips to help me find a patron saint in your index?

A. Be creative! Think of different spellings for names & patronages, try all options provided (especially searching by category), etc. Note particularly that there may be wording differences - for example "those who have lost their parents" may be referred to as "orphans".

Q. What if I can't decide between two saints - which is the correct one?

A. It may be helpful to learn more about the lives of both saints - perhaps one of them has similarities to your situation that might make them particularly willing to help you. However, I don't think there would be anything wrong with invoking both of them if this was done in the right spirit.

Q. Your search tips refer to "user posts" - are the patron saints listings "user posts"?

A. No, the patron saints listings are not user posts.

Q. Does the site search page search through the patron saints listings?

A. No. the site search page does not search through the patron saints listings. To search these listings, use the options provided with the patron saints index.

Q. What if I can't find a patron saint in your index?

A. If you can't find a patron saint in our index after a careful search, you may want to try an online search engine or consider other sites in the Catholic Web Links Section.

Q. Where can I find more information about patron saints?

A. Besides the patron saints index, you may find additional information on patron saints in the Saints Section (e.g. in the Saint Information Exchange). You might also try the Catholic Web Links Section for links to other sites which have information on the saints.

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