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Patron Saints of Christianity


Patron Saint Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony has a feast day of June 14th. He was actually canonized less than one year after his death. St. Anthony is one of the most admired and loved saints within the Catholic Church and he is often called a Doctor of the Church. He was born in Portugal, but primarily worked in Italy where he joined the first Augustinian Order and later the Franciscan Order. After he joined the later order, he lived only ten years longer. During his 36 years of life, he was a great protector against the lies and deceits that others came up with against the Christian doctrine. He would preach the true gospel to heretics and many of them would listen. He is often depicted in pieces of art as a child presenting a lost book to Jesus to symbolize that he brought many lost people back around to Christ's side. That makes him the patron saint of lost articles. Since he spent a lot of time with poor people and travelers, trying to teach them the true way, he was also assigned patron saint of those groups

St. Ansovinus

St. Ansovinus has a feast day of March 13th. He was a bishop and also a confessor to Emperor Louis the Pious and he emerged into a religious lifestyle at a young age in his home country of Italy. He lived as a hermit for many years and his sanctity along with his miracles brought him into the emperor's court where he served as a spiritual counselor and a confessor. Because he once lived as a hermit and did quite a bit of gardening himself, he is not the patron saint of crops and gardens

St. Apollonia

St. Apollonia has a feast day of February 9th. Apollonia was martyred because she would not renounce her faith when Emperor Philip was in power. She had her teeth knocked out by her persecutors and was threatened with fire. Instead of allowing her persecutors to burn her, she jumped into the flames on her own. Because her persecution involved her teeth, she has been made the patron saint of dentists and those with toothaches or other dental diseases. In artwork, she is often depicted holding a golden tooth at the end of a necklace.

St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine has a feast day of August 28th. He was made the patron saint of brewers because before he converted to Christianity, he lived a very loose life, which included plenty of parties and worldly ambitions. His complete transformation inspired many people around him who struggled with various vices and habits. St. Augustine was born in African and spend many of his early years living in a wicket way and enjoying false beliefs. He was very intelligent, however, and when Christianity took hold of him, he was baptized, later became a priest, a bishop and even a famous Catholic writer. Since he was well known for her partying ways as well as his writings and religious theologies, he became the patron saint of brewers, theologians, and printers all at the same time.

St. Anthony The Abbot

St. Anthony has a feast day of January 17th. Anthony was a poor Egyptian who drew the attention of venerated Greek philosophers. The philosophers heard stories about Anthony and the miraculous healings he was able to produce. They went to visit him to see how his intercession worked and hear the words he argued about the truth of Christianity. Anthony did not spend his life observing, but rather doing and becoming. His parents died when he was just a teenager and he inherited their land and responsibilities for his younger sister. He gave all of his property away, except for what he and his sister truly needed and he would travel to see people whenever he heard there was a need for prayer. Since Anthony did his best to live a simple life in deference to God, he was made the patron saint of basket makers, gravediggers and butchers to honor simple vocations much like his.

St. Antony

St. Antony was a native Egyptian who was born around 251. He led an ascetic life for much of his years and withdrew from regular society, taking up a cave as his shelter. Many since his time have imitated his manner of living and some even came to him for advice and instruction. He may have been the founder of solitary living, which extended out from Egypt to many other countries. He was later persecuted in 310 and some of his solitary areas were seized, but he was not punished at that time. When he returned to solitude, he moved farther into the desert and began to preach against Arians. Two monastic orders came out of this saint's name and work and one of the things he was best known for was his love for animals. He was later made the patron saint of domestic animals because of that great love.