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Jamaica Mary, on feast of her Assumption
Japan Francis Xavier, Our Lady of Japan, Peter Baptist
Jealousy, protection against Elizabeth of Portugal
Jesuit Order; Jesuits Ignatius of Loyola
Jesuit students Aloysius Gonzaga
Jewelers Eligius (Eloi)
Joiners Joseph, Thomas, Apostle
Jordan John the Baptist
Journalists Francis de Sales
Journeys, safe Christopher
Judges/Jurists John of Capistrano, Ivo of Kermartin
Jumping Venantius
Justice, social Martin de Porres
Juvenile delinquents Dominic Savio
jaundice Odilo
job seekers, unemployed people Cajetan
jockeys Eligius (Eloi)
judges Ivo of Kermartin, John of Capistrano, Nicholas of Myra
jugglers Julian the Hospitaller
jurists; jurors Catherine of Alexandria, Ivo of Kermartin, John of Capistrano

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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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