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Patron Saints of Christianity

 
 

Patron Saint Joseph

St. Joseph has the feast day of March 19th. Most of what we know about Joseph comes from the Scriptures and the rest has been passed down by legends. Joseph was a working man and a carpenter. He wasn't rich, but he was humble and patient and he took Mary as his wife even after learning she was pregnant. Though Joseph had humble means, he actually came from a royal background. He was well known as a caring and compassionate man as well as a great man of faith who was obedient to God no matter what was asked of him. Joseph was made the patron saint of carpenters because of his profession; fathers because he was Christ's adoptive father and dying because it is believed that he passed away before Jesus entered his time of public ministry.

 

St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney has the feast day of August 4th. St. John was a priest and became the patron of priests. He was ordained as a priest in 1815 and his reputation as a confessor and director of souls preceded him everywhere he went. He led a life filled with extreme forms of mortification and the crowds of people loved him dearly. John would hear confessions for 16 hours every day and he met with people from all over the world. Some of the worst sinners were converted, as they stories go, at one mere word from John.

St. John-Baptist De La Salle

St. John-Baptist de la Salle has the feast day of April 7th. He was the oldest of 10 children in a noble French family. He studied in Paris and later became ordained. He was well known for his work with the poor and he was also highly involved in education. He founded various Christian schools and even established schools for teachers to help them better improve their skills. He was one of the first people to institute classroom teaching instead of instruction on an individual level. It is easy to see why St. John was named the patron saint of teachers.

St. Josemaria Escriva

St. Josemaria Escriva was a Roman Catholic priest from Spain and the founder of Opus Dei. The organization consisted of priests and lay people who dedicated themselves to teaching everyone to live a holy live in an ordinary way. Pope John Paul II said that St. Josemaria is one of the great witnesses of Christianity. His writings sold more than 5 million copies in 50 different languages and many venerate him. Because he was a diabetic himself, he became the patron saint of diabetics.

St. Joseph of Arimathea

St. Joseph of Arimathea had the feast day of March 17th. He was the councilor who requested to take Christ's body after the crucifixion in order to bury it properly. He was known as a righteous and virtuous man in the New Testament and he was also described as a disciple of Jesus. He is a prominent figure around the legends regarding the Holy Grail. Because he asked for Christ's boy and was granted permission to bury it in a proper manner, he was assigned patron saint of undertakers and funeral directors.