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Patron Saints of Christianity

 
 

Patron Saint Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc has the feast day of May 30th. Joan of Arc was born to Godly parents within the peasant class in a small village. She heard many voices at a young age and claimed they came from various saints. The messages seemed to be personal, but general. They would tell her that she was to go to the King of France and help him take his kingdom back. After dismissing opposition, the 17-year-old was able to get a small army of her own and enjoy a series of marvelous military achievements. When she eventually would not take back the statement that saints from God told her to do what she had done, she was condemned to death at the age of 19. She is considered the patroness of soldiers as well as the country of France

 

St. John Berchmans

St. John Berchmans has a feast day of November 26th. He was the oldest son of a shoemaker and he always wanted to be a priest. When he was 13, he served in the house of a Cathedral canon and he attended the Jesuit College a few years later. He was always known for his piety and diligence and he impressed his superiors with the stress he put on perfecting little things. After he passed away, many miracles were attributed to his name. He was made the patron saint of youth and altar servers because he only lived 22 years and was a very pious, but young man.

St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco has the feast day of January 31st. He once upset Pope Pius IX because he did not take his dreams seriously. St. John was known for working with young, neglected boys and the pope once heard of the dreams had since he was 9. He would often dream that God had revealed his will for John's life and the pope asked him to write down everything he could remember about every dream. John had encountered large levels of skepticism when he first starting having the dreams so he no longer spoke about them. One of his earliest dreams, however, led him to become a minister and help poor and neglected boys. He died at the age of 72 and became the patron saint of youth, students, boys and editors.

St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom has the feast day of September 13th. Chrysostom means golden-mouthed and the name was attributed to John because of his eloquent speeches. John had Christian parents, but John studied under a famous pagan orator. He left an anchorite life in the mountains for a while, but his poor health made him return home where he then became an ordained priest. He was later exiled due to his speeches, but he found a great amount of happiness in his suffering. Because of his speaking abilities, he was made the patron saint of orators, speakers, and preachers.

St. John of Capistrano

St. John of Capistrano has the feast day of October 23rd. He was born in Italy in 1385, but his father was a former German knight who lived within the city. John went on to study law and practice the occupation within the Naples courts. He later became the governor of Perugia, but during a neighboring war, he was betrayed and imprisoned. When he was finally released, he entered the Franciscan community. He went on to preach and travel through many different countries to attempt to renew the church. Since he was formerly a lawyer, he was made the patron saint of judges and jurists.