patron saints



  • who by designation of the sovereign pontiff or by popular tradition are venerated as favouring by their intercession certain interests, countries or localities, e.g., Saint Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, Saint Francis Xavier, patron of Catholic Missions, Saint Camillus of Lellis, patron of hospitals
  • after whom churches, parishes, or other institutions are named
  • after whom persons are named in Baptism or Confirmation
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “patron saints“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 April 2020. Web. 23 January 2022. <>