-> ''All around the cathedral, the saints and apostles look down as she sells her wares''.
->''Although you can't see them, you know they are smiling each time someone shows that he cares.''
--> '''Mary Poppins,''' from ''Film/MaryPoppins'', written by the Sherman Brothers.

RealLife saints who have been invoked as patrons in fiction.

Many such saints have many legends accrete about a bare kernel of fact, such as a name listed as a martyr. Real legends that help explain their patronage may also be included below. An important theological underpinning is that these saints are ''intercessors''. Having died and been canonized, the Church tradition says that each of these saints is in heaven with God. Then, in their state of grace, these saints pray to God on behalf of the faithful who pray to them. Think of them as heavenly advocates who have some "insider perks" with the Almighty. Worshiping a saint is right out -- also known as "putting other gods before God," which you might notice is not looked upon kindly. Anyway, saints ''aren't'' gods -- they're just ordinary people who were extraordinarily holy.

If you'd like to know more, click a folder.


[[folder: Designations of Sainthood]]
Aside from the archangels, who are immortal by human standards and live outside of time, the first saints to exist are the ''evangelists'' and the ''apostles.'' These are two extremely exclusive groups: Evangelists wrote the Gospels, and there are exactly four of them: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (apocryphal writers don’t count). The apostles number twelve, all men. They are the hand-picked among Jesus’ followers to be His closest students, and the leaders of His Church after [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence His Ascension]]. (The Church doesn’t recognize any female apostles, but women were a part of Christ’s ministry at the very beginning, including Mary, His Mother, Mary of Magdala, and more.)

After Christ’s Ascension, as Christianity grew in numbers, they began to face persecution by the Roman Empire. This led to the second chronological body of saints: ''Martyrs.'' The Roman Empire got extremely creative in its [[ColdBloodedTorture punishment]] of those who failed to honor the Roman gods (though [[DatedHistory reports about being fed to lions seem to have been greatly exaggerated]]). Those who continued to profess their faith even unto the moment of death were said to have borne witness to the divinity of Christ, and thus Christians called them “martyrs,” the Greek word for “witness.”

History turned onward, Constantine had a vision, and with one thing and another Christianity became the dominant faith of the Roman Empire, and then of Western Europe. Obviously as Christians were in power, the martyrdoms stopped -- unless you were trying to convert non-Christians to the faith, and died by the hand of said non-Christians. Then you could still be called a martyr.

Different models of holiness rose into prominence. ''Confessor'' then was the title given to those who “confessed” the word of God in their words and deeds. ''Abbots'' and ''Abbesses'' founded and ran monastic communities dedicated to contemplation, or learning, or helping the poor. ''Stylites'' decided to remove themselves from the world as much as possible, by climbing to the exposed tops of pillars and staying there for years at a time, not unlike other saints who self-flagellated and mortified their flesh. Women who pledged their chastity to God and protected it with their life were given the title ''Virgin.'' And, of course, ''Popes'' are always popular candidates for Sainthood.

[[folder: Feast Days]]
Every day in the calendar, in the eyes of a strict Catholic, is the Feast Day of some saint or another (or a few). Some dates are the known anniversaries of births, deaths, or miracles. Others were older, pagan festivals of local deities that had been HijackedByJesus. And some days there doesn’t seem to have been any rhyme or reason, but there was an empty day and a Saint to spare, so just put them together, and you have another feast day to celebrate.

A baby born on a saint’s feast day might be [[DeadGuyJunior named after that particular saint]], and gender is no obstacle. A little girl born on March 19th, the feast day of St. Joseph, would be named Josephine, for instance. The patron saint then acts as a sort of guardian angel (though not ''strictly'' angelic) for their little namesake’s protection and guidance. Also frequently seen is that when Catholic churches are founded, they are named after the Saint on whose feast day the Church was consecrated, or founded, or when the first stone was laid, or so on. An icon or statue of that Saint will be placed prominently within the space, to remind the congregants who their patron is.

[[folder: So You Want to Be a Patron Saint…]]
The first step in becoming a Catholic saint is... [[CaptainObvious to be Christian]].[[note]]Some ''very'' early saints were not "Christian" in the strictest sense; John the Baptist, who may well have died ''before'' Jesus, may well never have believed in the divinity of Jesus, but only that he was the Messiah. Given John's transitional nature (he's generally seen as the bridge between the Jewish prophetic tradition and Jesus, and the Orthodox Churches recognize him as the last Jewish prophet in the Old Testament sense), John the Baptist is an ''extremely'' complicated figure in the history of Christianity, however, with views diverging ''within'' sects, so really any commentary beyond this is pointless.[[/note]] Be a baptized, practicing Christian, preferably one of the Catholic denominations (depending on which Pope you'd like to have canonize you). The second step is to live a good, virtuous life, to radiate God’s love and sanctity, and to be an inspiring example to others. [[RuleOfThree The third step is]] [[HesDeadJim to die.]]

Catholic tradition holds that the souls of the blessed reside even now in Heaven with the Almighty. We have precious few tropers editing this wiki in Heaven, so we have to stick with earthy matters of a process called ‘’canonization.’’ Canonization is lengthy and complicated, and takes years. The candidate’s life is thoroughly examined, and those who knew the candidate in life testify to their holiness, while a DevilsAdvocate looks into the most sordid elements of the candidate’s life, and accounts for why they are not worthy (yes, this is where the term comes from – Devil’s Advocates are actually employees of the Vatican).

If your candidate passes this level, they are declared Venerable. The second threshold is passed when the candidate’s intercession (through prayer, or the use of a relic) brings about a miracle. After an investigation to be sure it ''was'' a miracle, and not a mistake, the Church then declares that the candidate is in heaven with God, and they are declared Blessed, or Beatified. Their recognition won’t extend beyond their home diocese [[note]]unless they are already world-renowned figures like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacinta_and_Francisco_Marto Bl. Francisco and Jacinta Marto]][[/note]]. However, if the intercession of the candidate brings another miracle, then the candidate can be canonized, given the title of Saint, and recognized throughout the Catholic world. They might even get their own Feast Day.

[[folder: Imagery, Relics, and Holy Miscellany]]
Pretty much wherever saints appear, they are designated by their particular iconography. Evangelists, for example, carry a scroll or book and a quill, and their [[EmpathyPet symbolic companion]] stands or floats beside them. Martyrs traditionally hold a palm, and often are depicted holding the weapons that killed them, sometimes even their own dismembered body parts. It’s gruesome, but they stand triumphant, prevailing forever over the cruelty of the world. Saints whose patronage extends to entire nations will typically carry or wear national symbols. Separate saints have their own iconography, too much to get into here. TheOtherWiki serves as an excellent resource, for the curious.

Several saints, including St. Francis of Assisi, are recognizable for bearing the stigmata. The stigmata is a WoundThatWillNotHeal which mirrors the wounds of Christ's Passion, and it has five parts: the wounds from the nails driven into Christ's wrists and ankles, and the spear cut sliced into His side. Occasionally depictions include the punctures from the crown of thrones, and Maronite Catholicism recognizes an additional wound, the bruise on His shoulder from carrying the cross. God "[[BlessedWithSuck blesses]]" sufficiently holy souls with the stigmata in recognition of their holiness and their desire to emulate Christ. Sometimes the stigmata causes great pain and stink, other times people report a saint's wounds as smelling sweet, with the "Odor of Sanctity." The wound can be partial; St. Rita of Cascia wore a thorn wound on her forehead, but nothing else. The Stigmata is frequently included in icons of Christ, and it's common for saint iconography, as well.

Relics are, in addition to frequent {{MacGuffin}}s from old time ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' campaigns, objects that are imbued with so much of the saint’s sanctity that they are themselves revered (not worshipped, mind – just revered). Different relics are credited with miraculous healings, or have served as omens or oracles. There are two kinds: items touched by the saint, such as clothing or objects for Mass, and actual body parts of the saint, preserved behind glass and on velvet cushions. Some saints’ bodies are even credited with “incorruptibility,” meaning they’ve been exhumed years post-mortem and their bodies are not decayed – sometimes even fresh. (Catholicism is hardcore, man.)

Note that Catholic Saints avert OneSteveLimit hard -- Saints are frequently given an extra title, such as their home town, to help distinguish them.

As a final note, although this page tries to talk about Christianity and saints with [[RousseauWasRight benevolence]] and [[SincerityMode very little irony,]] the communion of saints is not stainless, just like many other aspects of the Roman Catholic Church. While we can all agree that feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless are good things to do, other saints' legacies are contested. Let the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment apply, in case of controversies.
!! The Communion of Well-Known Patron Saints
''Note:'' The list is ordered according to their earliest date of celebration in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Roman_Calendar General Roman Calendar]], a list of saints celebrated globally by the Roman Catholic Church. "RC" stands for the Roman Catholic Church, "Orth." for Orthodox churches in general, "Angl." for the Anglican Communion, and "Luth." for various Lutheran churches.

* '''Blessed Virgin Mary''', mother of Jesus, Queen of All Saints. Mary bore and raised Jesus, assisted in his ministry, witnessed his resurrection, and was (according to Catholic tradition) [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence assumed bodily into heaven]]. That'd be miraculous enough for anyone, but Mary wasn't content with that. She's had an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_apparition astonishingly active Biblical career]], according to pious legend. She is, among other things, patroness of Mexico, of the United States (the US being hostile to Catholics until [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy one became President]], the American Church must have figured that they needed the biggest guns they could find), and of France (that's why many prominent French cathedrals are entitled ''Notre Dame'', "Our Lady"). Known by [[IHaveManyNames a myriad of titles]] -- you can find an "Our Lady of" just about ''anything''. Beloved and revered in many ways all around the world. Her major feasts are January 1 (her motherhood, celebrated by Roman Catholics, as substitute for the feast of the circumcision of the newborn Jesus, held as per Jewish tradition eight days after his birth), May 31 (her visit to her cousin Elizabeth, who was also pregnant with John the Baptist [see June 24]), August 15 (the anniversary of her Assumption), August 22 (the eighth day after the Assumption, celebrated by Roman Catholics as her queenship), September 8 (her birthday), November 21 (her presentation in the Temple of Jerusalem, according to an apocryphal account), and December 12 (her conception, nine months before September 8); in addition, Roman Catholics also celebrate her apparitions at Lourdes in France (February 11), Fátima in Portugal, (May 13), Mount Carmel in Israel (July 16), and Guadalupe in Mexico (December 12), as well as her titles as Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15) and the Rosary (October 7).
* ''January 2'' -- '''Basil (the Great) of Caesarea''' (329-379) and '''Gregory of Nazianzus''' (329-390) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Bishops from Cappadocia (modern-day central Turkey) -- the former was bishop of Caesarea Mazaca (modern-day Kayseri) and a staunch defender of orthodox Christianity against schismatic groups; the latter, the archbishop of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) and a philosopher who weaved Hellenism into Christian thought.
* ''January 7'' -- '''Raymond of Penyafort''' (1175-1275) [RC]: Patron of canon (ecclesiastic) lawyers; a Spanish Dominican friar who composed the various laws passed by Pope Gregory IX.
* ''January 13'' -- '''Hilary of Poitiers''' (310-367) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Bishop of Pictavium in Gaul (modern-day Poitiers, France) and a staunch opponent of the Arian sect, which denied Christ's equality with God.
* ''January 17'' -- '''Anthony the Great''' (251-356) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth. / Coptic]: The TropeMaker for Christian monasticism, having spent most of his adult life in contemplation in the deserts of Egypt. Generally depicted as either enduring temptation or serving as swineherd.
* ''January 20'' -- '''Pope Fabian''' (236-256) [RC / Orth.]: Nineteenth successor to the throne of Saint Peter. He served to heal a rift between followers of his predecessors, Pontian and Hippolytus, and was later killed during the wave of persecutions under Emperor Decius.
* ''January 20'' -- '''Sebastian''' (258-287) [RC / Orth. / Angl.]: Patron of soldiers and athletes. A Roman soldier and covert Christian who tended to his fallen fellow believers until he was exposed and executed. Popularly depicted as being tied onto a tree and shot with arrows.
* ''January 21'' -- '''Agnes (of Rome)''' (291-304) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Patron of girls, chastity, and rape victims. Died at the tender age of twelve after she was publicly humiliated and nearly raped for refusing to worship the Roman gods.
* ''January 22'' -- '''Vincent of Saragossa''' (d. 304) [RC / Orth. / Angl.]: Deacon of modern-day Zaragoza in Spain and patron of Lisbon and Valencia, where he became the first Spanish martyr during the massive persecution campaign of Emperor Diocletian.
* ''January 24'' -- '''Francis de Sales''' (1567-1622) [RC / Angl.]: Roman Catholic Bishop of Geneva in Switzerland during the Protestant Reformation, famous for his gentle approach to the delicate religious situation of his territory, torn between Roman Catholics and Calvinists.
* ''January 26'' -- '''Timothy''' (17-97) and '''Titus''' (d. 96 or 107) [RC, Angl. and Luth. / Orth., August 25 for Titus]: Saint Paul's protégés (to whom he wrote three letters, all recorded in ''Literature/TheBible'') and first bishops, respectively, of Ephesus (modern-day Selçuk, Turkey)) and Crete.
* ''January 27'' -- '''Angela Merici''' (1474-1540) [RC]: Italian nun and founder of the Ursuline order, dedicated to the education of girls. Patron of the handicapped and orphans.
* ''January 28'' -- '''Thomas Aquinas''' (1225-1274) [RC / Angl. / Luth.]: Dominican friar and arguably one of the most influential philosophers and theologians not just in Christianity, but throughout the Western world, integrating Aristotelian philosophy with basic Christian tenets. Patron of the intellectual class and Catholic centers of learning.
* ''January 31'' -- '''John Bosco''' (1815-1888) [RC / Angl.]: Patron of juvenile delinquents, having spent most of his life rescuing and educating street children of rapidly-industrializing Turin.

* ''February 3'' -- '''Blaise''' (d. 316) [RC / Orth.]: Bishop of Sebaste (modern-day Sivas, Turkey) and martyr. Usually invoked against throat diseases.
* ''February 3'' -- '''Ansgar''' (801-865) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen and missionary to Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
* ''February 5'' -- '''Agatha (of Sicily)''' (231-251) [RC / Orth. / Angl.]: Patron of Malta and San Marino, reputedly martyred for her faith by having her breasts cut off (thus she was also invoked against breast cancer).
* ''February 6'' -- '''Paulo Miki''' (1562-1597) and the 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki [RC]: Jesuit Japanese convert and one of the earliest victims of the wave of persecutions under Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
* ''February 8'' -- '''Gerolamo Emiliani''' (1486-1537) [RC]: Patron of orphans and founder of the Somaschi Fathers, having lived as a humanitarian offering shelter to orphan boys.
* ''February 8'' -- '''Josephine Bakhita''' (1869-1947) [RC]: Patron of her native Sudan (specifically, Darfur), from which she was sold as a slave until she found refuge as a Canossian sister in Italy.
* ''February 10'' -- '''Scholastica''' (480-547) [RC / Orth.]: Sister (and alleged twin) of Saint Benedict. Patron of nuns and storms (legend has it that before she died she prayed that a storm interrupt the departure of the then-visiting Benedict, wanting him to be by her side in her last moments).
* ''February 14'' -- '''Cyril''' (826-869) and '''Methodius''' (815-885) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Brothers and missionaries to eastern Europe. Patrons of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia and Slovakia, and as of 1980 one of the six Roman Catholic Patrons of Europe, stemming from their missionary zeal.
* ''February 17'' -- '''Bonfilius''', '''Bonajuncta''', '''Bartolomeus''', '''Hugh''', '''Manettus''', '''Sostene''' and '''Alexius''', the Founders of the Servite Order [RC]: Seven merchants from Florence who gave up their privilege to live in contemplation of the sorrows of the Virgin Mary.
* ''February 21'' -- '''Peter Damian''' (1007-1072/1073) [RC]: Reformer of the Benedictine order and placed by Dante in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' in the highest levels of Paradiso (Heaven).
* ''February 23'' -- '''Polycarp''' (69-156) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Bishop of Smyrna (modern-day İzmir, Turkey), martyr, and allegedly disciple of Saint John, one of Jesus' twelve apostles. Invoked against ear ache and dysentery.

* ''March 3'' -- '''Casimir (Jagielion)''' (1458-1484) [RC]: Patron of Lithuania and a prince of the Kingdom of Poland who spent his short life in devotion and charity.
* ''March 7'' -- '''Perpetua and Felicitas''' (d.203) [RC, Angl. and Luth. / Orth., February 1]: One of the earliest and most popular martyrs from Carthage (modern-day Tunis, Tunisia) -- the former a noblewoman, the latter a pregnant slave, both of whom kept an account of their lives.
* ''March 8'' -- '''John of God''' (1495-1550) [RC]: Patron of hospitals and nurses and founder of the Brothers Hospitallers, a religious order dedicated to caring for the ill.
* ''March 9'' -- '''Frances of Rome''' (1384-1440) [RC]: Benedictine oblate (not technically a nun, but a commoner who has adopted a semi-monastic lifestyle) and patron of widows.
* ''March 17'' -- '''Patrick''' (5th c.) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Patron of Ireland, said to have driven out snakes from the island (which may be interpreted as an allegory of his successful campaign to convert Ireland from its traditional beliefs).
* ''March 18'' -- '''Cyril of Jerusalem''' (313-386) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: A distinguished theologian of the early Church, who wrote extensively on the Liturgy and instruction of catechumens (people receiving formal religious education).
* ''March 19'' -- '''Joseph''' (90 BC - 18 AD, apocryphal): Carpenter and foster-father of Jesus by way of his marriage to Mary. Sometimes depicted as [[AgeLift a very old man]] to symbolize his chaste marriage. Patron of all manual laborers (Pope Pius XII dedicated May 1, Labor Day, to him as a worker), fathers, immigrants (for guiding his family through the journey to Bethlehem and the Flight into Egypt), Canada, Croatia, Korea and Vietnam, and of a peaceful death (tradition has it, stemming from his sudden disappearance in the Gospels, that he died peacefully sometime before Jesus' ministry).
* ''March 23'' -- '''Turibius of Mogrovejo''' (1538-1606) [RC / Angl.]: Spanish-born Archbishop of Lima. He is best known for his missionary efforts, traversing the vast expanse of Peru to personally administer to his realm, as well as a defender of rights of indigenous peoples.

* ''April 2'' -- '''Francis of Paola''' (1416-1507) [RC]: Founder of the Friars Minim, which follow an ascetic lifestyle and known for his gifts of prophecy.
* ''April 4'' -- '''Isidore of Seville''' (560-636) [RC / Orth.]: Archbishop of the Spanish city, best known for converting the Visigoth royalty from Arianism and setting the foundations of representative legislation, as well as his GreatBigBookOfEverything, the ''Etymologiae'', which recorded extracts from various classical literature, giving him a reputation as patron of the Internet.
* ''April 5'' -- '''Vincent Ferrer''' (1350-1419) [RC / Angl.]: Spanish Dominican friar and patron of construction workers, so-named for his efforts to rebuild the Church.
* ''April 7'' -- '''Jean-Baptiste de la Salle''' (1651-1719) [RC]: French priest, educator and patron of schoolteachers and founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (AKA Lasallian Brothers), having been a pioneer of educational reform stemming from his programs for children born in poverty.
* ''April 11'' -- '''Stanislaus (of Szczepanów)''' (1030-1079) [RC]: Bishop of Kraków and patron of Poland, best known for his rivalry with King Bolesław II, which ultimately led to his death.
* ''April 13'' -- '''Pope Martin I''' (598-655) [RC / Orth.]: Byzantine pope, declared a martyr for his exile to Chersonesus (modern-day Sevastopol, Crimea) by Emperor Constans II, a supporter of the Monothelite sect (which taught that Jesus had two natures, divine and human, but only one will, which ran counter to the orthodox stance of Jesus having two natures ''and'' wills) against which Martin wrote several letters.
* ''April 21'' -- '''Anselm of Canterbury''' (1033-1109) [RC]: Benedictine scholar and bishop of Canterbury, famous for asserting the Church's independence from politics and pioneering work on scholasticism.
* ''April 23'' -- '''[[Myth/SaintGeorge George]]''' (280-303) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: A very popular [[GeniusBruiser preacher, legionary, and dragon-slayer]]. Patron of England, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria, [[OverlyLongGag Catalonia]], Georgia, and... just about half of Europe; a ridiculous number of cities; [[TankGoodness armored units]]; and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the Boy Scouts]].
* ''April 23'' -- '''Adalbert (of Prague)''' (956-957) [RC / Orth.]: Patron of Poland, Bohemia and Hungary, having served as Bishop of Prague and later killed during missionary efforts to Baltic Prussia.
* ''April 24'' -- '''Fidelis of Sigmaringen''' (1577-1622) [RC]: Capuchin friar and missionary to Calvinist Switzerland, where he met opposition and, ultimately, a violent death.
* ''April 25'' -- '''Mark the Evangelist''' (d. 68): One of the earliest Christians and patron of Venice (where his alleged remains are held) and Egypt (it is said he was the first bishop of Alexandria). Reputed to be a disciple of Saint Peter, from whom he wrote his account of the life of Jesus (which became one of Literature/TheFourGospels).
* ''April 28'' -- '''Peter Chanel''' (1803-1841) [RC]: French missionary to the Pacific islands, and patron of Oceania.
* ''April 28'' -- '''Louis Grignion de Montfort''' (1673-1716) [RC]: French mystic and writer of various letters on the Virgin Mary.
* ''April 29'' -- '''Catherine of Siena''' (1347-1380) [RC / Angl. / Luth.]: Italian mystic and theologian; she mortified herself greatly for her faith, and is most famous for having a vision of a holy marriage to the infant Jesus. Patron saint of those ridiculed for their piety, of protection in childbirth, of nurses, and against fire. Declared one of the six Patron Saints of Europe for her efforts to bring back the papacy from Avignon in France back to Rome.
* ''April 30'' -- '''Pope Pius V (Antonio Ghislieri)''' (1504-1572) [RC]: Dominican pope responsible for instituting the Council of Trent, which served to respond to the challenges of the Protestant Reformation with the Roman Catholic Church's own reformation.

* ''May 2'' -- '''Athanasius of Alexandria''' (296~298/373) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Bishop of Alexandria best known for his ardent defense of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity against the Arians, and Christianity in general against persecutions, earning him the title "[[RedBaron Athanasius Against the World]]".
* ''May 3'' -- '''Philip''' (d. 80) and '''James, Son of Alpheus''' (d. 62) [RC / Orth., November 14 (Philip) and October 9 (James) / Angl. and Luth., May 1]: Two lesser-known members of Jesus' inner circle. Philip was said to have reached as far as Greece, and James a leader of the Jerusalem cluster. Both are declared patrons of Uruguay.
* ''May 12'' -- '''Nereus and Achilleus''' (late 1st c.) [RC]: Legendary martyrs and bodyguards of Flavia Domitillia, niece of Emperor Domitian and herself a later convert.
* ''May 12'' -- '''Pancras (of Rome)''' (289-303/304) [RC]: Teenage martyr under Emperor Diocletian. Not much is known about him except that he lent his name to a district of London.
* ''May 14'' -- '''Matthias the Apostle''' (d. 80 AD) [RC and Angl. / Orth., August 9 / Luth., February 24]: A later addition to the twelve apostles to fill in the place of the traitorous Judas Iscariot (who committed suicide shortly after handing Jesus over to his death).
* ''May 18'' -- '''Pope John I''' (470-526) [RC]: Martyred under the Arian Visigoth king Theodosius for alleged conspiracy with Emperor Justin of Byzantium, despite having been sent by Theodosius in the first place to Constantinople to secure a moderation of Justin's policies against Arians.
* ''May 20'' -- '''Bernardino of Siena''' (1380-1444) [RC]: Patron of advertisers and the public services sector. A Franciscar friar famous for his tracts.
* ''May 21'' -- '''Cristóbal Magallanes Jara''' (1869-1927) [RC]: Mexican priest and victim of summary execution on trumped-up charges of agitating the Cristeros, a rebellion of Catholic peasants amidst a nasty phase of state-sponsored anticlerical legislation.
* ''May 22'' -- '''Rita of Cascia''' (1381-1457) [RC]: Augstinian nun and patron of impossible causes and battered housewives. Having spent many years enduring an AwfulWeddedLife with an abusive, unfaithful nobleman (who was later killed amidst one of the many feuds he was caught up in), she took the habit after her two sons died before they can avenge their father, and spent her life in meditation.
* ''May 25'' -- '''Bede''' (673-735) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Benedictine abbot of Jarrow and one of the most eminent English historians.
* ''May 25'' -- '''Pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand of Sovana)''' (1015-1085) [RC]: Enforced celibacy among the clergy and affirmed the sovereignty of the papacy.
* ''May 25'' -- '''Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi''' (1566-1607) [RC]: Carmelite nun who suffered throughout her short life even amidst multiple mystical visions.
* ''May 26'' -- '''Philip Neri''' (1515-1595) [RC]: Founder of the Congregation of the Oratory for secular priests (i.e., those not belonging to any monastic order) and a reformer, as well as a patron of humor.
* ''May 27'' -- '''Augustine of Canterbury''' (d. ~604) [RC / Orth. / Angl.]: Benedictine priest and very first bishop of Britain.

* ''June 1'' -- '''Justin Martyr''' (100-165) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Early apologist (defender of religious tenets) who wrote several books for Emperor Antoninus Pius trying to convince him of the moral legitimacy of Christianity.
* ''June 2'' -- '''Marcellinus and Peter''' (d. ~304) [RC]: Popular but historically ambiguous martyrs -- the former a priest, the latter an exorcist -- during the persecutions of Emperor Domitian.
* ''June 3'' -- '''Charles Lwanga''' (1860-1886) and the Martyrs of Uganda [RC / Angl.]: Court member of and victim to the wave of persecutions under King Mwanga II of Buganda, in a complicated combination of politico-religious conflict and colonialism.
* ''June 5'' -- '''Boniface''' (675-754) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: First archbishop of Mogontiacum (modern-day Mainz, Germany) and missionary to Germany, killed by bandits during a trip to Frisia.
* ''June 6'' -- '''Norbert (of Xanten)''' (1080-1134) [RC]: Bishop of Magdeburg and founder of the Premonstratensian order of semi-monastic priests.
* ''June 9'' -- '''Ephrem (the Syrian)''' (306-373) [RC / Orth. / Angl.]: Deacon of Edessa (modern-day Şanlıurfa, Turkey) and patron of spiritual directors on account of his massive collection of written poems, hymns and sermons.
* ''June 11'' -- '''Barnabas''' (d. ~61): One of Saint Paul's companions and reputed planted the seeds of the Church in his native Cyprus. Generally counted as an apostle despite not being part of the original twelve (or the renewed group, with the death of Judas and his replacement by Matthias).
* ''June 13'' -- '''Anthony of Padua''' (1195-1231) [RC]: Franciscan monk and patron of his native Portugal, Brazil, miracles, the postal service, search for lost things, and the elderly and the oppressed on account of his charitable work. Generally depicted carrying the infant Jesus on his arms, alluding to his contemplative life.
* ''June 19'' -- '''Romuald''' (951-1027) [RC / Orth.]: Benedictine monk responsible for the revival of monasticism.
* ''June 21'' -- '''Aloysius Gonzaga''' (1568-1591) [RC]: Jesuit novice and patron of AIDS victims, having died at a very young age tending to victims of a plague.
* ''June 22'' -- '''Paulinus of Nola''' (354-431) [RC / Orth.]: Roman senator who turned to religious life (becoming bishop of Nola, near Naples in Italy), setting a precedent for other men of privilege who aspire to turn to the habit.
* ''June 22'' -- '''John Fisher''' (1469-1535) and '''UsefulNotes/ThomasMore''' (1478-1535) [RC / Angl.]: Martyrs of the English Reformation under King UsefulNotes/HenryVIII -- the former was bishop of Rochester, near London; the latter, a statesman and counselor to King Henry -- for refusing to acknowledge Henry's usurpation of papal authority over the Church of England (all because Rome decline to grant his request for annulment from Catherine of Aragon in favor of the fertile Anne Boleyn). While Roman Catholic by orientation, Anglicans have recently given them reverence as martyrs for personal conscience and unfortunate victims of the politico-religious chaos of the period.
* ''June 24'' -- '''John the Baptist''' (d. ~31-36): Jesus' slightly older second-degree cousin, who spent much of his adult life as a desert-dwelling prophet exhorting penance in preparation for the Messiah. Adapting a similar Jewish rite for gentile converts, he began the practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins and induction into a new faith by immersing believers in the River Jordan. Jesus asked to be baptized by John to signify the start of his own career. This date is the celebration of his birth; his other, lesser, feast is August 29, commemorating his execution at the hands of Herod Agrippa for his criticism of his illicit marriage to Herodias, ex-wife of Herod's still-living brother Philip. Patron of Jordan, Puerto Rico, and many other places.
* ''June 27'' -- '''Cyril of Alexandria''' (376-444): Patriarch of Alexandria, leading his local church in a period of politico-religious strife with which he often got embroiled in.
* ''June 28'' -- '''Irenaeus''' (130-202): Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (modern-day Lyon, France) and a major source for what much of the world knows of UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} through his polemical writings.
* ''June 29'' -- '''Peter and Paul'''
** '''Peter''' (d. 64/68): Arguably the most notable of Jesus' twelve apostles, by way of his boisterous nature and eventual position of leadership in the post-Pentecost Church. Reputedly also served as leader of the Church in Rome, where he was eventually executed by being crucified upside-down (as per his request not to die like Jesus), and was honored by the Roman Catholic Church as the very first [[UsefulNotes/ThePope pope]].
** '''Paul''' (5-67): A novice Pharisee charged with witch-hunts on Christians, until a blinding vision of Jesus changed his mind and turned him instead into one of the early Church's most ardent missionaries across most of Asia Minor (modern-day Asiatic Turkey) and Greece. Patron of newspapers, writers and publishers, on account of his extensive body of writings which made [[Literature/TheBible much of the Christian canon]].

* ''July 3'' -- '''Thomas''' (d. 72): One of Jesus' twelve apostles, infamous for an episode of incredulity to the news of Jesus' resurrection until the latter personally appeared to him. Said to be the farthest-traveled of the apostles, reaching and being martyred in India, of which he is patron saint (as well as of Sri Lanka).
* ''July 4'' -- '''Elizabeth of Portugal''' (1271-1336) [RC]: Franciscan layperson and queen consort of Portugal who spent her life as a widow doing charitable work to the less fortunate of her realm.
* ''July 5'' -- '''Anthony Maria Zaccaria''' (1502-1539) [RC]: Founder of the Barnabite Order of priests, dedicated to reforming the Church in Milan, as well as later contribution to the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
* ''July 6'' -- '''Maria Goretti''' (1890-1902) [RC]: Patron of victims of rape and crime in general, having died forgiving her attempted rapist and eventual killer.
* ''July 9'' -- '''Martyrs of China''' [RC]: A commemoration of Christians killed from the 16th century onwards. In particular, Roman Catholics venerate '''Augustine Zhao Rong''' (d. 1815), a diocesan priest.
* ''July 11'' -- '''Benedict of Nursia''' (480-543) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Pioneer of Western monasticism, whose life and teachings inspired the creation of a confederacy of autonomous monastic groups adhering to his precepts. He is also one of the six Roman Catholic Patron Saints of Europe on account of his international fame.
* ''July 13'' -- '''Henry III''' (973-1024) [RC]: Ruler of the Holy Roman Empire and a Benedictine oblate who, together with his wife, Cunigunde of Luxembourg, led lives of chaste matrimony, holiness and charitable work.
* ''July 14'' -- '''Camillus de Lellis''' (1550-1614) [RC]: Italian priest and patron of hospitals, nurses and physicians, having founded the Ministers to the Infirm (or Camillian brothers) which served as shelters to the sick.
* ''July 15'' -- '''Bonaventure''' (1221-1274) [RC]: Franciscan theologian and philosopher, famed for his extensive body of works on many scholarly subjects.
* ''July 20'' -- '''Apollinaris of Ravenna''' (1st c.) [RC]: Patron saint of epileptics and gout sufferers; reputedly vested by Saint Peter himself, Apollinaris served as a Church leader until his execution during the persecutions of Emperor Nero.
* ''July 21'' -- '''Lawrence of Brindisi''' (1559-1619) [RC / Orth.]: Capuchin friar and theologian, who was not only active during the Counter-Reformation, but also [[ChurchMilitant during the defense of Hungary against the Ottomans]].
* ''July 22'' -- '''Mary Magdalene''' (1st c.): One of Jesus' most notable female disciples and one of the first witnesses to his resurrection. Mentioned in the Gospel of Luke as having been healed by Jesus of her possession by seven demons, later commentators interpreted this as her having led a sinful life (or even a prostitute), later spending the rest of her life [[TheAtoner in mournful repentance]]. Popularly depicted with RapunzelHair and perfume bottle, and is the patron of [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitutes]], converts, and those who live a contemplative life.
* ''July 23'' -- '''Bridget of Sweden''' (1303-1373) [RC / Luth.]: Founder of the Order of the Most Holy Savior, a religious order open to men and women alike, and patron of her native Sweden, as well as Europe in general, on account of her mystical visions and pilgrimages.
* ''July 24'' -- '''Charbel Makhlouf''' (1828-1898) [RC]: Lebanese hermit and one of the few saints recognized from the Maronite Church, an Eastern Catholic sect (that is, in full communion with the Western Church while retaining its particular rite) unique to Lebanon and its diaspora.
* ''July 25'' -- '''James, Son of Zebedee''' (d. 44): One of Jesus' twelve apostles and older brother of fellow apostle John. Revered as the patron of Spain (as well Nicaragua and Guatemala), with his reputed remains in the city of Santiago de Compostela in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia being a focal point for epic pilgrimages since the 9th century.
* ''July 26'' -- '''Joachim''' and '''Anne''' (1st c. BC): Parents of the Virgin Mary according to apocryphal accounts. Both are revered as patrons of grandparents, on account of their advanced age when they bore Mary, with Anne in particular having a wider range of patronages, including Canada, Brittany, Detroit, and childless parents.
* ''July 29'' -- '''Martha''' (1st c.): A close friend and frequent host of Jesus during his visits to her native Bethany (together with her younger sister Mary and their older brother Lazarus), reputed dragon-slayer, and patron of housewives.
* ''July 30'' -- '''Peter Chrysologus''' (380-450) [RC / Orth.]: Bishop of Ravenna, famed for his many homilies (spiritual lessons during Mass).
* ''July 31'' -- '''Ignatius of Loyola''' (1491-1556) [RC / Angl.]: Basque priest and founder of the Society of Jesus (or Jesuits), a missionary order that focuses on education and the order of the current Pope, Francis; patron of soldiers (having been one before finding his higher calling while recovering from a CareerEndingInjury) and spiritual retreats (on account of his writings on meditation and spiritual exercises).

* ''August 3'' -- '''Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori''' (1696-1787) [RC]: Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) and patron of confessors, stemming from his extensive body of work on meditations on the Blessed Virgin Mary.
* ''August 2'' -- '''Eusebius of Vercelli''' (283-371) [RC]: Bishop of Vercelli, between Milan and Turin, and an ally of Athanasius and Hillary of Poitiers in their defense of orthodox Christianity against Arianism.
* ''August 2'' -- '''Peter Julian Eymard''' (1811-1868) [RC]: French priest and advocate of the adoration of the Holy Eucharist (a small piece of unleavened bread which symbolizes the body of Jesus offered to humanity as forgiveness of their sins).
* ''August 3'' -- '''John Vianney''' (1786-1859) [RC]: Parish priest of Ars-sur-Formans in France and patron of parish priests, venerated for his tireless service to his community and contributing to its moral transformation.
* ''August 7'' -- '''Pope Sixtus II''' (d. 258) [RC]: Martyred under Emperor Valerian with six of his deacons. Also known for reconciling with the African and Byzantine churches after the rift caused by the Novatian schism, which rejected returning lapsed Christians who went back on their vows during the persecutions of Emperor Decius.
* ''August 7'' -- '''Cajetan''' (1480-1547) [RC]: Italian priest and patron of the unemployed and gamblers, having founded a bank for the poor of Naples as an alternative to loan sharks; also, patron of Argentina.
* ''August 8'' -- '''Dominic''' (1170-1221) [RC / Angl. / Luth.]: Castilian priest and founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), which helped spread Christianity and scholasticism during the Middle Ages. Also the patron of astronomers as well as the Dominican Republic.
* ''August 9'' -- '''Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)''' (1891-1942) [RC]: German Jewish philosopher and later a Carmelite nun, executed during the Holocaust. Declared one of the six Roman Catholic Patrons of Europe as a victim of the violence of the twentieth century on account of her Christian ''and'' Jewish heritages.
* ''August 10'' -- '''Lawrence of Rome''' (225-258) [RC / Orth. / Angl. / Luth.]: Protégés, treasurer, and the first deacon of Pope Sixtus II, executed three days after the Pope and his six fellow deacons, famously by being roasted alive, for refusing to hand over the treasury of the Church. Patron of the city of Rome, Canada, students, librarians, cooks, chefs, and comedians (by way of claiming the poor and destitute of Rome, to which he was assigned to take care of, as the true treasures of the Church, and later his GallowsHumor, sarcastically suggesting to his executioners to roll his body over once one side is burnt enough).
* ''August 11'' -- '''Clare of Assisi''' (1194-1253) [RC / Angl. / Luth.]: Founder of the Order of Poor Ladies (now known as the Poor Clares), a monastic order for women inspired by that founded by her compatriot Saint Francis. Patron of television, having had a vision of Mass being celebrated while she was bedridden with an illness.
* ''August 12'' -- '''Jane Frances de Chantal''' (1572-1641) [RC]: French baroness-turned-nun, widowed after a short but fruitful marriage, and a friend of Saint Francis de Sales, with whom she founded the Congregation of the Visitation for women rejected by other orders due to illness or age, for which she was declared patron of forgotten people.
* ''August 13'' -- '''Pope Pontian''' and '''Hippolytus of Rome''' (d. 235) [RC / Orth. / Angl.]: Martyrs under Emperor Maximimus. Having been bitter enemies in life, the latter leading a schismatic group rivaling the faction of the Bishop of Rome, [[FireForgedFriends both men eventually reconciled while sentenced to hard labor in Sardinia]].
* ''August 14'' -- '''Maximilian Kolbe''' (1894-1941) [RC / Angl. / Luth.]: Polish Franciscan friar and a martyr of the Holocaust, having been imprisoned for sheltering Jews in his convents, and eventually committing a HeroicSacrifice by taking the place of a father [[DisproportionateRetribution sentenced to be one of ten men starved to death as punishment for the escape of a prisoner]]. Patron of prisoners, especially those of the political variant (by way of his anti-Nazi rhetoric).
* ''August 16'' -- '''King Stephen I of Hungary''' (975-1038) [RC / Orth.]: Founder of the Kingdom of Hungary, highly revered for his political and religious advocacy to unite the Hungarian people.
* ''August 19'' -- '''John Eudes''' (1601-1680) [RC]: French priest and mystic, as well as an advocate of the veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, celebrated currently on, respectively, the Friday and Saturday after the second Sunday after Pentecost.

* Saint Augustine of Hippo, a bishop from North Africa (back when it was ruled by Rome) whose writings were of such brilliance and influence that he is now a Doctor of the Church. He wrote extensively about [[TheHedonist his fun-loving, hedonistic early life,]] when he devoutly prayed, "Lord, make me chaste and pure, but not just yet." His ''Confessions'' and intense examination of his own spirit and mind make him in some respects the father of the modern biography. Patronage includes [[TheSmartGuy theologians,]] brewers, and Connecticut.
** His conversion to Christianity later in life was thanks to [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas his mother,]] who never stopped praying and hoping that her son would reform and reach his true potential. She is, in fact, a saint in her own right - Saint Monica, patroness of victims of DomesticAbuse and many forms of family trouble.
* Saint Barbara, patron saint of those in dangerous occupations (including [[RedsWithRockets Russian rocketeers]]) and anything involving StuffBlowingUp. An early convert to Christianity, she refused her pagan father's commands to recant, and he beheaded her. He was shortly thereafter [[BoltOfDivineRetribution struck by lightning]] and [[NeverFoundTheBody disappeared in a cloud of smoke]].
** She is the patron saint of all occupations where imminent and violent death is ubiquitous, including miners, artillerymen, military engineers and steelworkers.
* [[Film/TheSongOfBernadette Saint Bernadette]], patron saint of the sick and poverty-stricken.
* Saint Cecelia, patroness of musicians.
* Saint Christopher, who [[IFightForTheStrongestSide carried Christ across a river]], patron saint of travellers, and a medal of whom is usually featured in a car, is often the butt of car-related jokes.
* Saint Dismas, the traditional name of the thief crucified to Jesus's right. Patron of prisoners on DeathRow and of criminals who wish to reform.
* Saint Dymphna. Historically, there is evidence of a martyr of this name. She picked up a legend of having repulsed her father's attempts to rape and murder her -- like the FairyTale "All Kinds of Fur" Literature/{{Donkeyskin}}, and their variants -- and is the patroness of the mentally ill and emotionally disturbed.
* Saint Francis of Assisi, a popular and recognizable saint. He [[DefectorFromDecadence cast aside his worldly riches to live in severe poverty]], and [[FriendToAllLivingThings had a gift with animals, even preaching to birds and calming wolves]]. He was a humble lover of nature, and the first recorded Christian to receive the [[WoundThatWillNotHeal stigmata]]. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment (and those who care for the same, like veterinarians and conservationists), merchants, and the Cub Scouts, as well as the city of [[MeaningfulName San Francisco, CA]].
** Interesting current events trivia, Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, when he was called to the Church's highest office, took the name Francis in emulation of the Saint, becoming ''Papa Francisco'' -- and the first Pope to take that name.
* Saint Hedwig of Silesia, who reigned briefly as Duchess. She was tireless in her efforts to help the poor and the displaced refugees of the many wars of Central Europe in the thirteenth century (including the Mongol invasion of Poland!). Perhaps this is why she is the patron saint of orphans, which earned her [[Literature/HarryPotter a very famous avian namesake.]] Also a patroness of Berlin, Brandenberg, and Poland.
* Saint Jadwiga/Hedwig of Poland. Named for Hedwig of Silesia. [[SheIsTheKing King of Poland]] 1384-1399, she also converted her husband Władysław II Jagiełło (and thus all of Lithuania) to Catholicism. There is a famous story about a miracle in her lifetime about an apron full of roses, which has various explanations. She is the patron saint of queens and of a [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion united Europe]].
* Saint Jerome, patron saint of translators - with good reason; that he translated the Bible (which, whatever one may think of it or the beliefs described therein, is an extremely complex, long and culturally detailed book) would already be quite a feat even WITH computers and translation memory software and so on; imagine [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome WITHOUT, BY HAND]]. Considered to be one of the fathers of the Church for that precise reason.
* Saint JoanOfArc, co-patron saint of France (Saint Denis is the original patron) and archetypal ActionGirl, the JeanneDArchetype. She's also the patron saint of prisoners and, more famously, of military personnel, including soldiers, women who have served in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), and Women's Army Corps.
* Saint Joseph of Cupertino, who reputedly levitated while praying, and was ordered to pray in private so he wouldn't scare other worshipers and had a run-in with {{the Inquisition}} because of it. He has been declared the patron saint of air travelers, aviators, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers and poor students.
* Saint Jude, ''not'' to be confused with Judas Iscariot; might be the most unfortunate victim of the [[OneSteveLimit One Yehuda Limit]]. One of the twelve Apostles, sometimes called Thaddeus, who is credited with having brought Christianity to Armenia. He has a special designation as patron saint of Lost Causes, in fact, [[Music/TheBeatles there's even a song dedicated to him]]. [[Film/TheUntouchables And he's the patron of police officers.]]
** He is also the patron saint of [[CaptainObvious St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.]] A young actor by the name of Danny Thomas prayed to Saint Jude to help him find an acting job, promising he would found a shrine in St. Jude's honor if he did. Danny got a job soon after, and the cancer fighting hospitals were born.
* Saint Michael the Archangel, highly regarded for being a KnightInShiningArmour and general of God's army. Patron saint of police officers.
** The Church also recognizes two other Archangels and designates them as saints along with Michael: Gabriel, the messenger angel who informed Mary that she was pregnant with the Messiah, and Raphael, featured in the Book of Tobit [[note]]which is found only in the Catholic Bible, and in the Apocrypha[[/note]], who is associated with healers and the protection of travelers.
* Saint Nicholas, a.k.a. SantaClaus (a lot of [[RecursiveTranslation Multilingual]] MemeticMutation was involved), who surreptitiously gave gold to the poor, patron saint of children; also patron of (repentant) thieves and of bankers, moneylenders, and financiers (including pawnbrokers--hence the three golden orbs.) His Feast Day is December 6th, which used to be the day when children would receive presents (Christmas itself was reserved for liturgy and feasting).
** The most famous legend is that a poor father had three daughters with no dowry, and therefore no marriage prospects, and a likely eventual fate as prostitutes. Nicholas the Bishop helped them under cover of night, by throwing bags of gold down their chimney, one for each daughter, saving their futures.
* Saint Olaf, formerly a uniting King of Norway, now its patron saint. Legend credits him with converting his country to Christianity; modern historians are less certain, and speculate that he may have been a bit more pagan and bloodthirsty than sainthood usually warrants. History is silent on [[Disney/{{Frozen}} whether or not he liked warm hugs.]]
* Saint Pantaleon, a saint of the Orthodox church. The legend of his martyrdom says that he [[InsaneForgiveness forgave his persecutors even as they were killing him]]. For this reason, he is also called "[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials Pantalaimon,]]" which means "All-Compassionate." His patronage includes physicians and lottery ticket holders.
* Saint Therese of Lisieux, "The Little Flower of Jesus." Called "the greatest saint of modern times" by none other than Pope Pius X, she was a nun of great humility, who said that not everyone can do great things, but everyone can do little things with great love. Another Doctor of the Church. Patroness of gardeners, flowers, and those who live with HIV/AIDS.
* Saint UsefulNotes/ThomasMore, patron saint of politicians, statesmen, and lawyers.
* Saint Veronica, patron saint of photography. During Christ's passion, Veronica wiped his face with a cloth, and the cloth miraculously bore Christ's image.
* The Internet claims as patron saints Gabriel, Charles Borromeo, and (officially) Isidore, who began work on the ''Etymologiae'', a GreatBigBookOfEverything, in the 7th century CE.
* Should you ever need an intercessor fast while editing ThisVeryWiki, another saint who can help is Saint Clare of Assisi, the patron saint of television. The legend goes that one day she was lying too ill to attend Mass, but by a miracle was permitted to see and hear the service as if displayed on the wall of her room. She is also prayed to for help with telegraphs, telephones, and to ensure nice weather. And if you're wondering, yes, [[EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether she knew St. Francis of Assisi,]] in fact they were close friends and colleagues.
* ...and other saints with [[OddJobGods unusual patronage]]. There can be a lot of overlap in patronage, particularly in issues that cause people to pray a lot.
** In a strange but ubiquitous bit of trivia, many martyrs ended up becoming patron saints related to their [[ColdBloodedTorture method of martyrdom.]] For example, Saint Lucy's [[EyeScream eyes were gouged out]], but restored miraculously. Now she's the patron saint of eye problems. And so on and so forth. This makes sense -- if you have trouble with your health, you want an intercessor with first hand experience -- but then this bleeds over into professions. St. Bartholomew, who legend says was skinned alive, is the patron saint of tanners and leatherworkers. And St. Lawrence, who was traditionally martyred by roasting alive on a grill (and made [[GallowsHumor a joke about how he was done on one side and needed to be turned over]]) is the patron saint of cooks (and comedians). Odd... One wonders if some recorder on the way [[BlackComedy had a rather dark sense of humor.]]
* Saint Jude's Children Research Hospital, who treats and hopes to find cures for things like cancer. Other common patrons for hospitals are Saint Luke (who according to [[Literature/TheBible St. Paul]] (''Colossians IV, xiv.'') was a physician) and Saint Mary under her title of "The Immaculate Conception" is also the Patron Saint of the United States.
* [[http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-barbara/ Saint Barbara]] is the patron saint of Heavy Artillery and Artillerymen (as well as fireworks, rockets, and other stuff involving gunpowder that go boom).
** And as such was celebrated in a poem by Creator/GKChesterton.
** The Russian Orthodox Church has, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands by extension]], made her the patron saint of the [[UsefulNotes/FromRussiaWithNukes Strategic Rocket Forces]].
* St. Nicholas, in addition to children and repentant thieves, is also the patron saint of sailors. Russian navy, in particular, has a habit of naming ships and installations after St. Nicholas, which recently led to some chagrin as a new nuclear missile submarine was rumored to be named "St. Nicholas," at the idea of a ship capable of raining death in form of [=ICBMs=] around the world being named after the patron saint of children (there already was and still is a Russian attack submarine named St. Nicholas, in the Pacific Fleet, however).
** In the end, the nuclear missile submarine was eventually named after Prince Vladimir of Kiev, not St. Nicholas. Of course, Prince Vladimir is himself a saint, being responsible for Christianization of Eastern Slavic nations, and is a patron saint of Russia itself.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Emperor Norton]] is the only real-life person considered to be a Discordian saint.
* St. Philip Neri is patron of the [[YanksWithTanks US Special Forces]].
* Lots of cities are named after saints: St. Paul, San Francisco, ''etc''.
** Saint Paul is interesting in that he gets ''two'' fairly-important cities named after him: the [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities capital of Minnesota]], and UsefulNotes/SaoPaulo (aka the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere).
* There are patron saints for, among others, Fireworks (St. Barbara) and Translators (St. Jerome).
* St. Sebastian, Patron Saint of snipers (well, archers) and plague victims. Also unofficial (for obvious reasons) patron of the gay community, as he is one of the few saints generally depicted in the (nearly) nude (unless, of course, one suspects an obscure "penetration" pun).
* St. Mark is the Patron Saint of Venice, and the Venetian BattleCry is "Vive San Marco".
* St. George is the Patron Saint of England, and the English BattleCry is "Saint George for Merry England!"
** In recent years, various people have called for St George to be replaced as Patron of England on the grounds that he had nothing to do with the place. The problem is that choosing a replacement will probably upset more people than it pleases - Saints Alban, Edward the Confessor [[note]](Edward the Confessor is also the Patron Saint of the British Royal Family)[[/note]], Edward the Martyr and Edmund the Martyr all have sizeable followings to name but a few, all having been recognised in some capacity as Patrons of England *prior* to St George. Just make things even more complicated, Roman Catholics and some Anglicans would argue that the Virgin Mary also has a stake - prior to the Reformation, Marian devotion was so strong in England that the country was referred to as the "Dowry of Mary".
** As St. George was originally a Greek-speaker from the Middle East (born in now-Israeli city of Lod), probably a Semite who would now be considered an Arab Christian, he has a large following in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, being the patron saint of such countries as Georgia, Greece, Ethiopia, Serbia, and Palestine, as well as the cities of Moscow and Beirut. George came to England via the returning Crusaders, especially Richard the Lionhearted.
** St George is not alone among British patron saints. The only one who was actually a ''native'' of the country they patronise was St David. St Patrick at least ''lived'' in Ireland, but Andrew the Apostle would never have ''heard'' of Scotland.
* St. Dionysus (Dennis, Denis) is the Patron Saint of France, and the French BattleCry is « Montjoie Saint Denis ! » ("Mountjoy" is a word of uncertain origin.)
* St. James (the Greater) is the Patron Saint of Spain, and the Spanish BattleCry is ''--¡Santiago, y cierra España!--'' ("Saint James, and close with them, Spain!")
** St. James the Greater is also the second Patron Saint of the United States, although nobody ever mentions it.
* St. UsefulNotes/ThomasMore was made the Patron Saint of lawyers and statesmen. If ''Series/TheWestWing'' is ever remade and the President is still Catholic, there should be an icon of More in the Oval Office, don't you think?
* Bartholomew the Apostle, who - among other things - presides over mental and neurological disorders. [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Bartholomew_Allen_II_%28New_Earth%29 There's got to be someone of that name]] [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny with a mental disorder...right?]]
** St. Dymphna is also considered a patron saint of mental and neurological disorders, seemingly just because the majority of healings reported at her shrine were that.
* There is a traditional grouping of saints invoked together as protectors against certain ills, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteen_Holy_Helpers "Fourteen Holy Helpers"]] often honored together in one church or shrine: St. Agathius, St. Barbara, St. Blaise (on whose feast day Catholics used to have their throats blessed against disease), St. Catherine of Alexandria (she of the wheel, which was commemorated in the Catherine-wheel firework), St. Christopher, St. Cyriacus, St. Denis of France, St. Erasmus, St. Eustace, St. George, St. Giles, St. Margaret of Antioch (who was swallowed by a devil in the form of a dragon, made the sign of the Cross, burst out of its stomach, and became patroness of childbirth), St. Pantaleon, and St. Vitus (he of the dance, ''i.e.'', the disease choreia). Their most famous shrine, the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_the_Vierzehnheiligen Basilika Vierzehnheiligen]]'' near Bamberg (Bavaria, Germany), is a very well-known work of Baroque architecture by the famous Balthasar Neumann.
* One theory of the origin of the nautical legend of Davy Jones' Locker is that Davy Jones is actually a bowlderized version of Saint David of Wales, whom Welsh sailors would beseech for aid in times of danger. In this interpretation, Davy Jones is not punishing, but helping sailors, by keeping their souls safe in his Locker.
* Joseph of Cupertino (who had a reputation for levitating during Mass) is the Patron Saint of Spacers. Yes there is already a patron saint of spacers despite it being a rather new occupation. And any would-be SpaceOpera writers among the tropers can use him in your {{Mythopoeia}}.
* Thomas Aquinas is the Patron of Scholars, and Intellectuals. In other words he is the official geek saint. He is OneOfUs.
* The [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush US presidential election in 2000]] involved controversy over the vote count due to improperly punched pieces of ballots known as "chads." It was jokingly suggested that perhaps the appropriately named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_of_Mercia#Patronage St. Chad]] of Mercia could become the patron of disputed elections, since he humbly resigned a contentious appointment to a bishopric. (In reality, of course, there is no actual patron of elections, [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets which may explain a few things]]. However, Thomas More is the patron saint of politicians.)
* Saint Thomas (the doubting one) is patron saint of [[http://catholicsaints.info/saint-thomas-the-apostle/ architects, builders, and doubters.]] He's also considered the patron saint of forensic investigation and [[TheCoroner medical examiners]] because he didn't believe Jesus had returned from the dead until he examined His wounds.
* Saint Simeon of Emesa is the patron saint of ObfuscatingInsanity, or to use the theological term "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foolishness_for_Christ Holy Fools]]". He acted as a lunatic, practicing outlandish and disruptive behavior such as going around half-naked, dragging a dog carcass tied to his waist, and throwing walnuts at people in church, doing all his works of charity and miracles out of the public eye. This was a ploy to help preserve his humility, and other Holy Fools or ''yurodivy'' followed his example.