Patron Saints

Saint Agatha

     Saint Agatha is the patron saint of bellmakers, breast disease, fire prevention, and nurses. Her feast is celebrated on February 5th.

Saint Anne

     Saint Anne's feast is celebrated on May 4th. She is also known as Hannah and Ann and she is the patron saint of Christian mothers, Canada, housewives and women in labor.

Saint Agnes of Prague

     Saint Agnes of Prague is also known as Agnes of Bohemia. Her memorial is celebrated on March 6. She was born in 1205 at Prague, Bohemia (a modern Checz Republic).

     She was a Princess the daughter of King Ottokar I and Queen Constance of Bohemia. As a young child Agnes dreamed of a religious life. She was educated by Cistercian nuns at Trebnitz. A marriage was arranged for her to Frederick II. Agnes was released from her marriage obligations so she could pursue her religious dreams. She entered the convent in 1236. She used her wealth to build a hospital, a Franciscan friary, and the Poor Clare convent of Prague with the help of five nuns. She used her riches to be of service to the poor. Agnes enjoyed cooking for the other nuns, and mending the clothes of the lepers.

     Agnes of Prague died in 1282 and was beatified in 1874 by Pope Pius IX. Then on November 12, 1989 she was canonized by Pope John Paul II in Rome.

Saint Benedict

    Saint Benedict's feast is celebrated on July 11th. He is the patron saint of kidney disease, students, and poison sufferers.

Saint Francis deSales

     Francis deSales was born in 1567 at Chateau of Thorens, Savoy. He was born in a castle, his family wanted him to become a lawyer, or go into politics. They intended for him to carry on the family name and power.

     Francis deSales studied at La Roche, Annecy, Clermont College in Paris, and law at the University of Padua. With a Doctor of Law degree he returned home, and obtained a position as Senate advocate.

     It was at this time he heard an inner calling telling him to "Leave all and follow me." He took this as a call to enter the priesthood. His family fiercely opposed this decision. However, he pursued a devoted life of prayer and his gentle ways won his family over.

     After becoming a priest Father Francis deSales became a preacher, writer, and spiritual director in the district of Chablais. He had a very clear and simple way of explaining the Catholic doctrine, and his gentle way with everyone, brought many people back to the Roman Catholic beliefs.

     Father Francis deSales became the Bishop of Geneva when he was 35 years old. He helped found the order of the Visitation with Saint Jeanne de Chantal. He was a prolific correspondent and became Doctor of the Church.

     He died on December 28, 1622 at Lyons; buried at Annecy. Bishop Francis deSales was beatified on January 8, 1662 and canonized on April 19, 1665 by Pope Alexander VII. His day of rememberance is January 24.

     He is the patron saint of authors; journalists; teachers; writers; the archdiocese of Cincinnatti, Ohio; confessors; and the deaf.

Mother Katharine Drexel

     Saint Katharine Drexel is the patron saint of Native American Indians and colored people. She was born into a wealthy family on November 26, 1858 in Philadelphia PA. Her mother died when she was only 2 months old. Her father remarried and her step-mother was very good to her. She inherited a fortune from her father and step-mother, when she was young.

     During her youth she traveled quite abit. It was during some of her trips she became aware of the plight of the poor. In 1885 she opened a school for Native American Indians in Santa Fe New Mexico. In 1889 she began her religious traning with the Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburg PA.

     In 1891 along with a few friends, Saint Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. The title of the foundation summed up the two most important things in her life, the Sacrament and the most deprived people in her country.

     During her lifetime about 60 schools were opened in different parts of the United States, with help from her foundation. The most famous of them is the Xavier University in New Orleans. The first college for colored people in the United States.

     On March 3, 1985 she passed away at the age of 96 in Cornwell Heights, PA.

     Pope John Paul II declaired her a saint on November 20, 1988.


Archangel Gabriel

     Archangel Gabriel's feast is celebrated on September 29th and he is the patron saint of broadcasters, communication, postal workers, messangers, and radio.


Archangel Michael

     Archangel Michael's feast is celebrated on September 29th. He is the patron saint of pilots, paratroopers, and police officers.

     Prayer To Archangel Michael;

     Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Protect us from harm as we try to do our duty? Keep us safe so we may continue to serve our community, our country and God Our Father? Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

     Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of the Americas and Mexico. Her birth is celebrated on September 8th, and her feast is celebrated on December 12th.

     Also known as: Adam's Deliverance; Advocate of Eve; Advocate of Sinners; All Chaste; All Fair and Immaculate; All Good; Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin; Aqueduct of Grace; Archetype fo Purity and Innocence; Ark Gilded by the Holy Spirit; Ark of the Covenant Assumption of the Blessed Virgin; Basillica of Saint Mary Major; Blessed Among Women; Blessed Virgin Mary; Bridal Chamber of the Lord; Bride of Christ; Bride of Heaven; Bride of the Canticle; Bride of the Father; Bride Unbrided; Cause of Our Joy; Chosen Before the Ages; Comfort of Christians; Comforter of the Afflicted; Conceived Without Original Sin; Consoler of the Afflicated; Co-Redemptrix; Court of the Eternal King; Created Temple of the Creator; Crown of Virginity; Daughter of Men; David's Daughter; Deliverer From All Wrath; Deliverer of Christian Nations; Destroyer of Heresies; Dispenser of Grace; Dwelling Place for God; Dwelling Place Meet for God; Dwelling Place of the Illimitable; Dwelling Place of the Spirit; Earth Unsown; Earth Untouched and Virginal; Eastern Gate; Ever Green and Fruitful; Ever Virgin; Eve's Tears Redeeming; Exalted Above the Angels; Feast of the Immaculate Conception; Fleece of Heavenly Rain; Flower of Jesse's Root; Formed Without Sin; Forthbringer of God; Forthbringer of the Ancient of Days; Forthbringer of the Tree of Life; Fountain of Living Water; Fountain Sealed; Free From Every Stain; Full of Grace; Garden Enclosed; Gate of Heaven; God's Eden; God's Olive Tree; God's Vessel; Handmaid of the Lord; Healing Balm of Integrity; Health of the Sick; Helper of All in Danger; Holy in Soul and Body; Holy Mountain of Our Lady; Hope of Christians; House Built by Wisdom; House of Gold; Immaculate; Immaculate Conception; Immaculate Heart; Immaculate Heart of Mary; Immaculate Mary; Immaculate Mother; Immaculate Virgin; Incorruptible Wood of the Ark; Inventrix of Grace; Inviolate; Joseph's Spouse; Kingly Throne; King's Mother; Lady Most Chaste; Lady Most Venerable; Lady of Good Help; Lady of Grace; Lady of Mercy; Lady of Peace; Lady of Perpetual Help; Lady of the Rosary; Lady of Sorrows; Lady of Victory; Lamp Unquenchable; Life-Giver to Posterity; Light Cloud of Heavenly Rain; Lily Among Thorns; Living Temple of the Diety; Loom of the Incarnation; Madonna; Madonna of Saint Luke; Marketplace for Salutary Exchange; Mary of the Hurons; Mary the Blessed Virgin; Mary; Blessed Virgin; Mary; Help of Christians; Mary; Mother of God; Mary; Queen of Africa; Mary; Queen of Angels; Mary; Queen of Peace; Mary; Star of the Sea; Mediatrix; Mediatrix and Conciliatrix; Mediatrix of All Graces; Mediatrix of Salvation; Mediatrix of the Mediator; Minister of Life; Mirror of Justice; More Beautiful Than Beauty; More Glorious Than Paradise More Gracious Than Grace; More Holy Than the Cherubim, the Seraphim and the Entire Angelic Hosts; Morning Star; Most Venerable; Mother and Virgin; Mother Most Admirable; Mother Most Amiable; Mother Most Chaste; Mother Most Pure; Mother Inviolate; Mother of Christians; Mother of Christ's Members; Mother of Divine Grace; Mother of God; Mother of Good Counsel; Mother of Jesus Christ; Mother of Men; Mother of Our Creator; Mother of Our Head; Mother of Our Savior; Mother of the Church; Mother of the Mystical Body; Mother of Wisdom; Mother Undefiled; My Body's Healing; My Soul's Saving; Mystical Rose; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin; Nature's Re-Creation; Nature's Restoration; Neck of the Mystical Body; Never Fading Wood; New Eve; Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris; Notre Dame of Chartres; Notre Dame of Easton; Nourisher of God and Man; Olive Tree of the Father's Compassion; Only Bridge of God to Men; Our Immaculate Queen; Our Lady; Gate of Heaven; Our Lady; Help of Christians; Our Lady; Mother of the Church; Our Lady; Queen of All Saints; Our Lady; Queen of the Apostles; Our Lady in America; Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace; Our Lady of Africa; Our Lady of Altotting; Our Lady of Bandel; Our Lady of Bandra; Our Lady of Banneux; Our Lady of Baeuraing; Our Lady of Calvary; Our Lady of Charity; Our Lady of Consolation; Our Lady of Copacabana; Our Lady of Czestochowa; Our Lady of Europe; Our Lady of Fatima; Our Lady of Good Council; Our Lady of Good Help; Our Lady of Good Remedy; Our Lady of Grace; Our Lady of Guadalupe; Our Lady of Guadalupe of Estramadura; Our Lady of High Grace; Our Lady of Hungary; Our Lady of Japan; Our Lady of Kevelaer; Our Lady of Knock; Our Lady of La Leche; Our Lady of La Vang; Our Lady of Las Vegas; Our Lady of LaSallette; Our Lady of Limerick; Our Lady of Loreto; Our Lady of Lourdes; Our Lady of Lujan; Our Lady of Madhu; Our Lady of Mariazell; Our Lady of Medjugore; Our Lady of Mercy; Our Lady of Montserrat; Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Aylesford; Our Lady of Nazareth; Our Lady of Peace; Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Our Lady of Pompeii Our Lady of Pontmain; Our Lady of Prompt Succor; Our Lady of Providence; Our Lady of Ransom; Our Lady of Safe Travel; Our Lady of Salambao; Our Lady of Shongweni; Our Lady of Sorrows; Our Lady of Tears; Our Lady of Victory; Our Lady of Walsingham; Our Lady of the Americas; Our Lady of the Assumption; Our Lady of the Cape; Our Lady of the Gulf; Our Lady of the Hermits; Our Lady of the Highways; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary; Our Lady of the Holy Souls; Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception; Our Lady of the Incarnation; Our Lady of the Kodiak and the Islands; Our Lady of the Milk and Happy Delivery; Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal; Our Lady of the Pillar of Saragossa; Our Lady of the Pines; Our Lady of the Prairie; Our Lady of the Presentation; Our Lady of the Rosary; Our Lady of the Scapular; Our Lady of the Snows; Our Lady of the Turumba; Our Lady of the Valley; Our Lady of the Wayside; Our Lady of the Woods; Our Lady Who Appeared; Our Own Sweet Mother; Paradise Fenced Against the Serpent; Paradise of Innocence and Immortality; Paradise of the Second Adam; Paradise Planted by God; Patroness and Protectoress; Perfume of Faith; Preserved From All Sin; Protectress From All Hurt; Queen of All Saints; Queen of Angels; Queen of Creation; Queen of Heaven; Queen of Heaven and Earth; Queen of Martyrs; Queen of Peace; Queen Unconquered; Refuge in Time of Danger; Refuge of Sinners; Reparatrix; Reparatrix of Her Parents; Reparatrix of the Lord World; Rich in Mercy Rose Ever Blooming; Sacred Heart of Mary; Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit; Scepter of Orthodoxy; Seat of Wisdom; Second Eve; Singular Vessel of Devotion; Sister and Mother; Source of Virginity; Spiritual Vessel; Spotless Dove of Beauty; Star of the Sea; Star That Bore the Sea; Suppliant for Sinners; Surpassing Eden's Gardens; Surpassing the Heavens; Surpassing the Seraphim; Sweet Flowering and Gracious Mercy; Tabernacle of God; Tabernacle of the Word; Temple Divine; Temple Indestructible; Temple of the Lord's Body; Theotokos; Throne of the King; Tower of David; Tower of Ivory; Tower Unassailable; Treasure House of Life Treasure of Immortality; Treasure of the World Undefiled; Undefiled Treasure of Virginity; Undug Well of Remission's Waters; Unlearned in the Ways of Eve; Unplowed Field of Heaven's Bread; Unwatered Vineyard of Immortality's Wine; Vessel of Honor; Victor Over the Serpent; Virgin Inviolate; Virgin Most Faithful; Virgin Most Merciful; Virgin Most Powerful; Virgin Most Prudent; Virgin Most Pure; Virgin Mother; Virgin of Charity; Virgin of Copacabana; Virgin of Virgins; Wedded to God; Woman Clothed With the Sun; and Workshop of the Incarnation.

     Prayers To Our Lady Of Guadalupe;

     Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, intercede for the Church, protect the Holy Father, help all who invoke You in their necessities. Since You are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the True God, obtain for us from Your Most Holy Son the grace of a firm and sure hope amid bitterness of life, as well as an ardent love and the precious gift of final perseverance. Dearest Lady, fruitful Mother of Holiness, teach me Your ways of gentleness and strength. Hear my prayer, offered with deep felt confidence to beg this favor. O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to Thee under the glorious title "Guadalupe" - the Virgin who crushed the serpent. Queen of Martyrs, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my path. Invoke the Holy Spirit of Wisdom to fortify my will to frequent the Sacraments so that, thus enlightened and strengthened, I may prefer God to all creatures and shun every occasion of sin. Help me, as a living branch of the Vine that is Jesus Christ, to exemplify His divine charity always seeking the good of others. Queen of Apostles, aid me to win souls for the Sacred Heart of my Savior. Keep my apostolate fearless, dynamic, and articulate, to proclaim the loving solitude of Our Father in Heaven so that the wayward may heed His pleading and obtain pardon, through the merits of Your Merciful Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

     Our Lady of Guadalupe, through your powerful and motherly intercession, use your wisdom to help guide us through this difficult time. Please intercede for the people of this area so that all will come to the fullness of the truth and worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit without fear or doubt. Help them to open their hearts and expand their consciousness. Help them to believe in you so they can beleive in themselves. Amen.

Padre Pio

     Padre Pio was born in a one room house on May 25, 1887 in the village of Pietrelcina a Province of Benevento in southern Italy. He was the son of a shepherd. Padre Pio was baptised the next day on May 26, 1887.

     As a child Padre Pio suffered several health problems, at one point his family thought he was inflicted with tuberculosis.

     His real name was Francesco Forgione, but following a custom of the Capuchin friars, he became Padre Pio of Pietrelcina upon entering the order when he was 15 years old. He joined when he was 19 and was ordained on August 10, 1910 when he was 22 years old.

     On September 20, 1918 while praying in front of a cross, he received the stigmata. He was the first priest ever to be so blessed. It has been reported that Jesus told Padre Pio he would carry the stigmatas for fifty years. This piece of information was confirmed by Padre Pio later on in his life.

     Word spread, of Padre Pio's ability to heal especially after American soldiers brought home stories following WWII, the priest himself became a point of pilgrimage for those seeking to be healed. Padre Pio was acclaimed a living saint. He would hear confessions by the hour, reportedly able to read the consciences of those who held back. Reportedly able to bi-locate, levitate, and heal by touch. Founded the House for the Relief of Suffering in 1956, a hospital that serves 60,000 a year. In the 1920's he started a series of prayer groups that continue today with over 400,000 members worldwide.

     His canonization miracle involved the cure of Matteo Pio Colella, age 7, the son of a doctor who works in the House for Relief of Suffering, the hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo founded by Padre Pio. On the night of 20 June 2000, Matteo was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with meningitis. By morning doctors had lost hope for him as nine of the boy´s internal organs had ceased to give signs of life. That night, during a prayer vigil attended by Matteo´s mother and some Capuchin friars of Padre Pio´s monastery, the child's condition improved suddenly. When he awoke from the coma, Matteo said that he had seen an elderly man with a white beard and a long, brown habit, who said to him: "Don´t worry, you will soon be cured." The miracle was approved by the Congregation and Pope John Paul II on 20 December 2001.

     Padre Pio's feast is celebrated on September 23.

Saint Francis of Assisi

     Saint Francis of Assisi is also known as Francis Bernardone; Poverello. He was born in 1181 in the town of Assisi in Italy. His memorial date is October 4. His father was a rich cloth merchant. Francis of Assisi was a street brawler and some-time soldier. While he was imprisoned in Perugia, he had a conversion experience, including a message from Jesus calling him to leave his worldly life. After being released from prison Francis Bernardone began taking his religion seriously.

     He lived by the Gospel and the teaching of Jesus Christ. He preached purity and peace, he visited hospitals, and served the sick. He preached in the streets and believed all men and women were his brother and sisters. He began to attract followers in 1209 and with Papal blessings, Francis founded the Franciscans. He lived with animals and worked with his hands, cared for the lepers, cleaned churches, and sent food to thieves. In 1221 he resigned direction of the Franciscans.

     While in meditation on Mount Alvernia in the Appennines in September 1224, Francis received the stigmata, which periodically bled during the remaining two years of his life. This miracle has a separate memorial date of September 17.

     He died October 4, 1226 at Portiuncula, Italy. Saint Francis of Assisi was canonized in 1228 by Pope Gregory IX.

     Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animal welfare societies, animals, birds, against dying alone, against fire, laceworkers, lacemakers, environmentalists, families, ecologists, Italy, Archdiocese of San Francisco California, Sante Fe New Mexico, Archdiocese of Sante Fe New Mexico, Colorado, tapestry workers, and zoos.

Prayer For Animals

     Prayer For Animals God Our Heavenly Father, You created the world to serve humanity's needs and to lead them to You. By our own fault we have lost the beautiful relationship which we once had with all your creation. Help us to see that by restoring our relationship with You we will also restore it with all Your creation. Give us the grace to see all animals as gifts from You and to treat them with respect for they are Your creation. We pray for all animals who are suffering as a result of our neglect. May the order You originally established be once again restored to the whole world through the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary, the prayers of St. Francis and the merits of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ Who lives and reigns with You now and forever. Amen.

Prayer Of Saint Francis of Assisi

     Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury,pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

     O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

Saint John The Apostle

     Saint John The Apostle's feast is celebrated on December 27th he is also known as John the Evangelist. He is the patron saint of those suffering from poisoning, publishers, and writers.

Saint Lawrence

     Saint Lawrence's feast is celebrated on August 10th. He is the patron saint of cooks, comedians, fire prevention, France and the poor.

Saint Luke

     Saint Luke's feast is celebrated on October 18th and he is the patron saint of artists, brewers, butchers, doctors, glassworkers, painters, physicians, and surgeons.

Saint Matthew

     Saint Matthew is the patron saint of accountants, bookkeepers, bankers, and tax collectors. His feast is celebrated on September 21st.

Saint John Neumann

     John Neumann was born on Good Friday, March 28, 1811 in the Checz Republic. He was the third of six children in his family.

     John Neumann studied in Prague, moved to New York when he was 25 years old and was ordained a priest on June 25, two weeks after his arrival. Father John Neumann settled in the small town of Williamsville east of Buffalo. He did missionary work in New York until he was 29. John continued his missionary work in Maryland, Virginia and Ohio. He bacame popular with the people of German descent.

     As John Neumann continued to study he bacame a skilled linguist. He could speak no less than twelve languages. Some of those languages were self taught. Pope John Paul VI canonized him on June 19, 1977. He was the first American man and first American bishop to be canonized. The feast of Saint John Neumann is celebrated on January 5th.

     He died of a stroke January 5, 1860 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.


     Prayer to Saint John Neumann;

     Merciful Father, You have given me all that I have in this world, even life itself. In all my daily needs, help me to remember the needs of others too. Make me aware of the need to pray to You not just for myself but for the Church, the Pope, for the clergy and for people who suffer any need.

     Make me as selfless as Saint John Nuemann. Throughout my life, give me the grace to direct my first thoughts to the service of You and of others. Make my prayer - "Your will be done" knowing that in Your mercy and love, Your will for me is my sanctification. I ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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