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Waiters, waitresses Martha
Wales David
War victims, civilian Mary, Queen of Peace
Washington, DC Our Immaculate Queen
Washington, USA Our Lady of Good Help
Water, danger from Florian
Waterford, Ireland Odrian
Weavers Parasceva, Antony Claret, Maurice, Onuphrius
West Indies Gertrude
West Virginia, USA Our Lady of Victory
Wheelwrights Catherine of Alexandria
Whooping Cough, protection against Blaise, Winoc
Widows Frances of Rome, Paula
Winchester, England Swithun
Wine merchants, and wine trade Amand
Winegrowers Vincent of Saragossa, Martin of Tours
Wisconsin, USA Our Lady of the Americas
Witchcraft, protection against Benedict
Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES) Joan of Arc
Women giving birth Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch
Women in labor Anne (Mother of Mary), Erasmus (Elmo)
Women, Italian Paschal Baylon
Women, childless Anne (Mother of Mary)
Women, young and students Catherine of Alexandria
Workers Joseph
Workers, young John Bosco
World Youth Day Kateri Tekakwitha
Writers Francis de Sales
Writers, Spanish Catholic Teresa of Avila
Wyoming, USA Our Lady of the Valley
wandering musicians, minstrels Julian the Hospitaller
warehouses Barbara
watchmen Peter of Alcantara
wax melters, wax refiners Ambrose of Milan, Bernard of Clairvaux
wet-nurses Agatha
whales Brendan the Navigator
whiteners Bartholomew the Apostle
whitewashers Coloman, Killian, Totnan
widowers Thomas More
wisdom Holy Spirit
wolves Edmund of East Anglia
women Margaret (or Marina) of Antioch
women who wish to become mothers Andrew, Apostle
women whose husbands are at war Daniel of Padua
women's army corps, WACs Genevieve (Genofeva), Joan of Arc
woods, forests, woodlands Giles
wool combers Blaise
wool manufacturers Severus of Avranches
wool weavers Blaise, Severus of Avranches
work horses; working horses Guy of Anderlecht
wounds Aldegundis, Rita of Cascia
writers of catechisms Peter Claver

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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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