Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Valentine
St. Valentine is actually the name given to several saints who were martyred in ancient Roman days. The word "Valentine" comes from a Roman word Valens, which meant strong, powerful, or worthy. It was popular in that era. St. Valentine enjoys the feast day of February 14th and not much is known about him other than his name and the fact that he was burned just north of Rome on February 14th. Because there are not many details, the feast day evolved into a worldwide holiday for couples and others who want to show love to one another. This came from the fact that St. Valentine is the patron saint over greetings and lovers.
St. Viator was born in Lyons, France, where he lived during the 4th century. He was a lector in the local cathedral and became the earliest teacher in the catholic schools. He would often read scriptures to the students and expand on the teachings. He also began catechizing children and always displayed a great ability and zeal for his teaching abilities. Because he was a sanctified teacher in the parochial schools, he became the patron saint of catechists.
St. Vincent De Paul
St. Vincent de Paul was a Catholic priest who was greatly dedicated to serving the poor. He was canonized in 1737 after he died in 1660. Vincent de Paul was born in 1581 in France to a family of peasant farmers. He had six siblings and he went on to study humanities. He was later ordained and when he attempted to return home, a band of Turkish pirates captured him and sold him into slavery. Vincent slowly converted his owner to Christianity and then escaped. Once he returned him, he went back to continue his studies and he was eventually sent on a mission to serve as a chaplain in France. He was a parish priest and confessor over the years, giving mission-related lessons to peasants as often as he could. Because of his poor background and his status as a volunteer with the poor communities during his time as a priest, he was made the patron saint of volunteers and charities.
St. Vincent Ferrer
St. Vincent Ferrer has the feast day of April 5th. He was made the patron saint of builders because he was well known for strengthening and building up the Church over his years of missionary work and preaching. He was also a well known teacher, confessor and advisor. He started his ministry in the Order of St. Dominic, which was near his native city. Soon after he entered the order, the authority figures commissioned him to deliver lectures regarding philosophy. He studied further and devoted himself to preaching. Over the years, he perfected his Christian life and refused all dignities of the various positions he held over the years.
St. Vincent of Saragossa
St. Vincent of Saragossa has the feast day of January 22nd. He lived in Spain as a deacon during the 3rd century. He was apprehended during a persecution period through the Dacian government within Spain. His friend Valerius, who was captured along with him, was banished, but Vincent was tortured and killed. According to the details, he was pierced with iron hooks, roasted on a gridiron, and laid on a prison floor filled with broken pieces of pottery. Even to the end, he remained unmoved in his faith.
St. Vitus has the feast day of June 15th. Legend tells that he was the only son of a senator within Sicily. He became a Christian when he was 12 years old and after his conversion, his miracles became widely known throughout the region. Vitus refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods and many of his cures were attributed to mere acts of sorcery. He, however, was later subjected to torture, but he still remained unscathed. An angel guided him back to Lucania and he eventually died there. Vitus is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.