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Patron Saints of Special Groups

Saints usually become patrons of countries, professions, and special needs through popular devotion rather than by any official designation. They may be closely associated with the history of a country, or have been engaged in some form of work associated with a particular profession, or have performed certain ministries or healings related to special groups.

  • Animals: Francis of Assisi
  • Arts: Catherine of Bologna
  • Charitable Societies: Vincent de Paul
  • Church: Joseph
  • Crops (Protector of): Ansovinus
  • Eucharistic Congress and Societies: Paschal, Baylon
  • Expectant Mothers: Raymond Nonnatus
  • Greetings: Valentine
  • Hospitals: Camilus of Leillis, John of God, Jude
  • Missions (Foreign): Francis Xavier, Therese of Lisieux
  • Missions (Parish): Leonard, Casanova
  • Retreats: Ignatius Loyola
  • Schools (Catholic): Thomas Aquinas, Joseph Calasanz
  • Television: Clare of Assisi
  • Universities: B. Contardo Ferrini
  • Vocations: Alphonsus Liguori

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