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Rab, Croatia Christopher
Rabies Hubert, Ubald
Radio and radio workers Gabriel the Archangel
Radiologists, radiotherapists Michael the Archangel
Rain, excessive Genevieve (Genofeva)
Raphoe, Ireland Adamnan
Retreats Ignatius of Loyola
Rheumatoid sufferers James the Greater
Rhode Island, USA Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Right to Life groups Margaret of Castello
Rimini, Italy Gaudentius of Rimini
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Sebastian
Ripacandida Donatus
Robbers, danger from Leonard of Noblac
Roman housewives Frances of Rome
Romania Nicetas
Rome Philip Neri
Rulers Ferdinand III of Castile
Ruptures, protection against Drogo, Florentius of Strasburg, Osmund
Russia Joseph, Andrew, Apostle, Basil the Great, Nicholas of Myra, Casimir
Ruthenia Bruno
rabies, hydrophobia, mad dogs Dominic of Silos, Guy of Anderlecht, Hubert of Liege
racquet makers Sebastian
rams Giles
rape victims Agatha, Agnes of Rome, Dymphna
reformed alcoholics Martin of Tours, Matthias
reformed prostitutes Margaret of Cortona, Mary Magdalene
reformed thieves Dismas
reformers Basil the Great
refugees Alban
religious, people in religious orders Benedict, Teresa of Avila
restauranteurs Lawrence, Nicholas
restoration of religious freedom in Russia Therese of Lisieux
rheumatoid sufferers; rheumatism, arthritis Coloman, James the Greater, Killian, Servatus, Totnan
ribbon makers Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
road builders Sebastian of Aparicio
rope makers; rope braiders Paul, Apostle
runaways Alodia, Dymphna, Eulalia
running water John Nepomucene
rural communities Isidore the Farmer

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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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