Find out which professions and commmunities have chosen special protectors.
From the time of the early Christians, people have adopted particular saints as their special protectors, or patrons. Many Christians are baptised in the name of one or more saints. Professions and communities, such as cities or countries, often have their own patron saints.
Patron saint of hunters
Patron saints of illness
Patron saints may also be selected because they have special powers over particular areas of life, such as illnesses. Saint Roch is believed to have protective powers against the plague. He fell victim to the plague himself after helping to cure many plague victims.
Find out about more patron saints associated with particular groups or illnesses:
|Patron saints||Group or illness|
|St Anne||Women in labour|
|St Anthony||Skin diseases|
|St Joseph of Arimathea||Undertakers|
|St Luke||Artists, doctors|
|St Mary Magdalene||Perfumers|
|St Michael||The police|
|St Roch||The plague|