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Favorite Patron Saints

August 7, 2016

As I was catching up on my administrative backlog, I came across an interesting contribution:  an infographic depicting a handful of saints who are, shall we say, patron saints of some pretty odd things.  You can view the graphic here:

Holyart:  Five Curious Patronages of Saints

Who are your favorite saints and what are their unusual patronages?  I will kick this off with my favorite:  St. Agatha of Sicily, patron saint of bellmakers because bells resemble her severed breasts.  I first ran into her when I saw a statue in a museum (in Barcelona, I think) of a woman hold a platter holding what looked like two white chocolate Hershey’s kisses with pink tips.   For our modern era, she has been made patroness of women with breast cancer.

  1. Barrie Beaumont permalink
    August 7, 2016 7:09 pm

    I am a Protestant but to be respectful, isn’t this taking sainthood a bit too far?

    • David Cruz-Uribe, OFS permalink*
      August 8, 2016 6:58 am

      That there are patron saints—saints whose intercession for various specific causes is believed to be efficacious—is a well established part of Catholic tradition. It got carried away during the Middle Ages, or at least developed to a degree we now no longer fully understand or internalize. Each of these patron saints represented (or represents: see St. Isadore of Seville) a real need and a community’s response to that need. From a different perspective we might find it amusing, but I regard this as an “in-family” joke that outsiders (no offense!) might not appreciate.

  2. brian martin permalink
    August 8, 2016 4:02 pm

    St. Mathurin, for all the Catholic trump supporters.
    just sayin.

    • David Cruz-Uribe, OFS permalink*
      August 8, 2016 8:31 pm

      Patron saint of clowns, jesters and madmen according to Wikipedia.

      • brian martin permalink
        August 9, 2016 6:01 pm

        imagine that.

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