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Cab drivers Joseph, Fiacre
Cagliari, Italy Saturninus of Cagliari
Cake makers Honoratus
California Our Lady of the Wayside
Caltanissett, Sicily Michael the Archangel
Cambridge University Etheldreda
Canada Anne (Mother of Mary), Joseph, The martyrs of North America
Cancer Patients Michael Argemir
Cancer victims Peregrine Laziosi
Candelada Bernard of Valdeiglesias
Candle-makers Ambrose
Canonists, canon lawyers Raymond of Pennafort, Robert Bellarmine, Ivo of Kermartin
Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross; Crosier Fathers; Crosier Order Odilia
Capuchin-Franciscan Province of Mid-America Conrad of Parzham
Carmelite schools Albert of Sicily
Carpenters Joseph, Thomas, Apostle
Cartagena, Spain Modestus
Cashel, Ireland Albert of Cashel
Castelabbate Italy Constabilis of Cava
Catalonia George
Catania Agatha
Catechists Viator, Charles Borromeo, Robert Bellarmine
Catechumens Charles Borromeo, Robert Bellarmine
Caterpillars, protection against Magnus of Fussen
Catholic Action Francis of Assisi, Paul, Apostle
Catholic Action (in Italy) Paul, Apostle, Gabriel Possenti
Catholic Charities Vincent de Paul, Elizabeth of Hungary
Catholic Writers Francis de Sales
Catholic Youth Aloysius Gonzaga
Catholic press Anthony Mary Claret, Francis de Sales
Catholic schools, Catholic academies Thomas Aquinas, Ursula
Cattaro, Dalmatia Trifone
Cattle breeders Mark
Cavalry Martin of Tours
Cavalry, Italian George
Cebu, Philippines El Niño
Cemetery keepers, or caretakers Joseph of Arimathea
Central Africa Therese of Lisieux
Central America Our Lady of Loreto, Rose of Lima
Central and South America Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rose of Lima
Chaplains, military John of Capistrano
Chaplains, military, Argentinian Our Lady of Lujan
Chaplains, military, Australian Our Lady Help of Christians
Chaplains, military, Belgian Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces
Chaplains, military, Philippine Immaculate Conception of Mary
Chaplains, military, Spanish Immaculate Conception of Mary
Charcoal-burners Alexander the charcoal-burner
Charitable societies Vincent de Paul
Chemists (pharmacists) Cosmas and Damian
Chilblain Basilissa
Chilblains, protection against Basilissa, Genesius of Arles
Childbirth Gerard Majella, Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch, Raymond Nonnatus, Leonard of Noblac, Erasmus (Elmo)
Childless women Anne (Mother of Mary)
Children Nicholas of Myra, Raymond Nonnatus, Nicholas of Tolentino
Children of Mary Agnes, Maria Goretti
Children, desire for Rita of Cascia
Children, illegitimate John Francis Regis
Chile Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, James the Greater
Chilean army Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Chilean navy Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
China Mary, Queen of China
Choirboys, choirs Dominic Savio
Cholera Roch
Christian Mothers Anne (Mother of Mary)
Church Joseph
Church in North Africa Ignatius of Antioch
Church in the eastern Mediterranean Ignatius of Antioch
Cingoli, Italy Sperandea
Cistercian Order Our Lady of the Assumption
Civil Servants Thomas More
Clergy Gabriel Possenti
Clergy, Diocesan John of Avila
Clergy, Parochial John Vianney
Clerics Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Clermont (formerly Averna), France Illidius
Clothworkers Homobonus
Cloyne, Ireland Colman of Cloyne
Cobblers Crispin and Crispinian
Coffin-bearers Joseph of Arimathea
Coin collectors Eligius (Eloi)
Cold or Cold Weather, protection against Maurus, Sebaldus
Colegio Capranica Seminary of Rome Agnes of Rome
Colic Erasmus (Elmo)
Colleges Thomas Aquinas
Colombia Peter Claver, Louis Betrand, Our Lady of Chiquinquira
Colorado Immaculate Mary, Francis of Assisi
Comedians Vitus
Commissariat, French Army Ambrose
Commissariat, Spanish military Teresa of Avila
Communication Workers Gabriel the Archangel
Communism, opposition to Joseph
Condemned criminals Dismas
Confessors Alphonsus de Liguori, John Nepomucene
Congo; Zaire; Belgian Congo Immaculate Conception of Mary, Our Lady, Queen of Nations
Connecticut Notre Dame of Easton
Construction workers Thomas, Apostle
Contagious diseases Robert Bellarmine, Sebastian
Conze (Conza), Italy Herbert Hoscam
Cooks Martha
Coopers Abdon and Sennen
Cordoba, Spain Acisclus, Victoria
Corfu (Kerkira) Island, Greece Arsenius of Corfu, Spyridon
Cork, Ireland Finbar
Corleone, Sicily Leolucas
Cornwall, England Michael the Archangel, Petroc, Piran
Corsica Alexander Sauli, Devota, Julia of Corsica, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Costa Rica Our Lady of the Angels, Our Lady of the Assumption
Council of Vatican II Joseph
Court Clerks Thomas More
Craftsmen and women Dymphna
Craftworkers Luke
Cramps, protection against Cadoc of Llancarvan, Maurice, Pancras
Cremona, Italy Himerius
Crete Titus
Croatia Joseph
Crops, protection of Magnus of Fussen
Crusaders Charles the Good, Louis IX
Cuba La Virgen de la Caridad (Our Lady of Charity), Virgin de Regla
Cuby, Cornwall Cybi
Cursillo movement Paul, Apostle
Customs officers Matthew
Cutlers Lucy
Cyprus Barnabas, Apostle
Czechoslovakia Wenceslaus, Adalbert, John Nepomucene, Ludmila, Cyril and Methodius
cabinetmakers Anne, Joseph, Vincent de Paul
carnival workers, carnies Julian the Hospitaller
carriage makers Eligius (Eloi)
cartwrights; cart makers Elijah
carvers Blaise, Olaf II
cathedral-chapter of Langres Gebuinus
cats Gertrude of Nivelles
cattle Bridgid of Ireland, Colman of Stockerau, Drogo, Perpetua, Roch
cemetery workers Antony the Abbot, Callistus I
champions; invincible people; to be invincible Drausinus
chastity, invoked for Agnes of Rome, Thomas Aquinas
chemical industry, chemical manufacturers Cosmas and Damian
child abuse victims Alodia, Germaine Cousin, Lufthild, Nunilo
childhood diseases Aldegundis, Pharaildis
childhood intestinal diseases Erasmus (Elmo)
childless people Anne Line, Catherine of Genoa, Gummarus, Henry II, Julian the Hospitaller
children learning to speak or talk Zeno of Verona
children learning to walk Zeno of Verona
children who are late in learning to walk Vaast
children's choir Dominic Savio, Holy Innocents
children's nurses Foillan
children, sick Beuno, Clement I, Hugh of Lincoln, Ubald Baldassini
chimney sweeps Florian
chivalry George
choir boys Dominic Savio, Gregory the Great, Holy Innocents
church cleaners Theobald Roggeri
circus workers Julian the Hospitaller
city of Barbastro, Huesca. Aragón. España Raymond of Barbastro
city of Chieti, Italy Justin of Chieti
city of Cuenca, Spain Julian of Cuenca
city of Saint-Oyen, Tarentaise, France Eugendus
city of Saint-Oyen, Valley of Aoste, Italy Eugendus
city of Saint-Oyens, Vaud, Switzerland Eugendus
city of Salzburg, Austria Rupert, Virgilius
city of Sutri, Italy Dulcissima
civil disorder, riot (against) Andrew Corsini
clock makers; watch makers Eligius (Eloi), Peter the Apostle
clothing industry Paul the Hermit
clowns Genesius, Justin Martyr
coachmen Richard of Chichester
coal miners Leonard of Noblac
coffee house owners or keepers Drogo, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
coffin makers; casket makers Stephen the Martyr
composers Cecilia
compositors; typesetters John the Apostle
computers, computer users, computer technicians, pc technicians Isidore of Seville
confectioners Honorius of Amiens, Joseph, Lawrence, Macarius the Younger
confessions, to make a good one Gerard Majella, John Nepomucene
conscientious objectors Marcellus
contemplatives, contemplative life John of the Cross, Mary Magdalene
converts Afra, Alban, Anne Line, Boniface of Tarsus, Caedwalla, Charles Lwanga, Edwin, Flora of Cordoba, Genesius, Helena
convulsions John the Baptist, Willibrord
convulsive children Guy of Anderlecht, John the Baptist, Scholastica
cooks, chefs Lawrence, Macarius the Younger, Martha, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Paschal Baylon
coppersmiths Benedict, Eulogius of Cordoba, Leonard of Noblac, Maurus
corn chandlers Honorius of Amiens
coughs; against Blaise, Quentin, Walburga
council Holy Spirit
councilmen Nicholas von Flue
countesses Elizabeth of Hungary
counts Charles the Good, Gerald of Aurillac
courtiers Gummarus
cowherds Gummarus
craftsmen who work with a wheel (potters, spinners, etc.) Catherine of Alexandria
criminals Dominic
curriers Simon the Apostle
cutters John the Baptist

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What is a patron saint?

Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes -- anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century.

Recently, the popes have named patron saints but patrons can be chosen by other individuals or groups as well. Patron saints are often chosen today because an interest, talent, or event in their lives overlaps with the special area. Angels can also be named as patron saints. A patron saint can help us when we follow the example of that saint's life and when we ask for that saint's intercessory prayers to God.

For example, Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron of ecologists. Francis de Sales was a writer and so he is patron of journalists and writers. Clare of Assisi was named patron of television because one Christmas when she was too ill to leave her bed she saw and heard Christmas Mass -- even though it was taking place miles away.

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