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Iceland Anskar, Thorlac
Iceland St. Thorlac Thorhallsson
Idaho Our Lady of Limerick
Illinois Our Lady of the Universe
Illness (mental) Dymphna
Immigrants Frances Xavier Cabrini
Impenitence, protection against Barbara, Mark the Evangelist
Imperia Italy Leonard of Port Maurice
Impossible Cases Rita of Cascia
India Mary, Patron of India, Frances Xavier Cabrini, Rose of Lima, Thomas, Apostle
Indian missions in Ecuador Our Lady of Agua Santa de Baņos
Indiana Our Lady of Providence
Indiscretions, protection against John Nepomucene
Infantry Martin of Tours
Infantry, Spanish Immaculate Conception of Mary
Infertility Rita of Cascia
Inflammatory Diseases, protection against Benedict
Information Workers Archangel Gabriel
Innkeepers Gentian
Innocent people (falsely accused) Raymond Nonnatus
Insanity Dymphna
Insects, protection against Dominic of Silos
Invalids Roch
Iowa Mary of Nazareth
Ireland Patrick, Columba, Bridgid of Ireland
Isle of Man Maughold
Istanbul (Constantinople) John Chrysostom, George, Roch
Istanbul, Turkey; Constantinople George, John de Britto, Roch
Italy Bernardine of Siena, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of Loreto, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of the Snows
in-law problems Adelaide, Elizabeth of Hungary, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Godelieve, Jeanne de Chantal, Jeanne Marie de Maille, Ludmila, Pulcheria
incest victims Dymphna, Laurent (Lawrence)
infantrymen Maurice
innocence Hallvard
inquisitors Peter of Verona
insect bites Mark the Apostle, Narcissus
inter-racial justice, race relations, racial harmony Martin de Porres, Peter Claver
interior souls Joseph
invoked in time of war Elizabeth of Portugal
ions, Chinese Joseph
iron mongers, hardware, hardware stores Sebastian

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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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