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Old Sep 5, '12, 2:40 am
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Default how do you find a patron saint?

I've heard a lot about this concept of patron saints...
Do you just pick a saint to pray to according to your prayer intention?
Or do you just pick one to pray to always?
Can you change your patron saint?
Can you only have one when you become confirmed or can you pick one at any time?

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Old Sep 5, '12, 4:30 am
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I think they find you.

Actually - just reading about the saints is the way to find one. I love almost every one I read about (I've never met a saint I didn't like! ). Eventually one will stand out and keep turning up in your life.

I also think you can have more than one patron saint.

Peace and happy hunting!

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Old Sep 5, '12, 4:31 am
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Article on Patron Saints from the Catholic Encyclopedia
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Old Sep 5, '12, 6:35 am
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Give consideration if looking to devote yourself to a specific patron to the following:

1) The saint (or biblical figure) who's name you have been given in Baptism
2) One of the Saint(s) who's memorial occurs on the date of your birth
3) One of the Saint(s) who's memorial occurs on the date of your Baptism
4) One of the Saint(s) who's memorial occurs on the date of your Confirmation
5) The saint who's name you took at your confirmation (If you did this I cant remember which I picked, but I know it was either Peter or Paul)

6) Some saint who has had a particular influence on you by their life or intervention.
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I think of my patron saint as a friend. Somebody who I can talk to, who I can ask to pray for me, and who I can look to for support and inspiration. In choosing a patron saint, I spent time reading up on the lives of several of them, trying to find who I had a close affinity towards. I ended up creating a bond with Saint Cecelia, but I can't put my finger on why. I just felt like I could really have been her friend, and would have loved to know her personally. So I have come to know her personally.

Maybe simple, but that was how I did it anyway.
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The football bug has bitten me hard...

Is Drew Brees or Archie Manning the patron saint of New Orleans?

SERIOUSLY... The selection of a 'patron saint' for me (my Confirmation Name is Joseph) came to me because that was my godfather's given name, Joseph was Jesus's 'godfather,' and both my godfather AND my actual father both worked in construction (as did Jesus's earthly dad). I also work in construction.

A patron saint can have meaning for you because of your occupation, or the life of that particular saint inspires and appeals to you. Perhaps a saint associated with the country you live in, or the nation of your family's origin.

There are many ways you can select one.

Having said all that... The BEST thing anyone can tell you on this topic is that when you find the right one, you will know.
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I've heard a lot about this concept of patron saints...
Do you just pick a saint to pray to according to your prayer intention?
Or do you just pick one to pray to always?
Can you change your patron saint?
Can you only have one when you become confirmed or can you pick one at any time?

Thanks,
MR
I have a flock of patron saints. I wasn't given a "Christian" name so when I entered into the Church as a convert, I chose St. Michael as my patron because I feel that I need his courage. I also have St. Mother Theodore Guerin (who has taught me a great deal about trusting Divine Providence), St. Catherine of Alexandria (for when I was in grad school), St. Monica (for mothers), St. Margaret of Scotland (who is my many times over great-grandmother), St. Cecelia (I'm a musician), St. Anthony of Padua, St. Dymphna, St. Blaise, etc. I figured that the more saints I became friends with, the more examples of holiness I avail myself of. Plus, knowing that there are many saints in heaven praying for me as I work to imitate the life of Christ is a good thing.

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When I was confirmed as an adult, I had a difficult time choosing a patron for my confirmation name. Father asked me if there was anything in particular that I needed help with in my life, or something I needed to work on. I laughed, and said, "I have NO patience!" LOL

He said --- that's it then! Take Patience as your confirmation name! It is a virtue, and will always remind you of something to be mindful of in your life.

He was very right. While I'm still a horribly impatient person (my dear husband can attest to this ), it has helped me over the years, and I'm getting a tiny bit more patient as time goes by.

Or maybe it's just age slowing me down.

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Old Sep 6, '12, 9:23 am
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For seventy years I wondered who I would choose as a saint if I were to be asked to give his name to me and I could find no answer. Then I discovered a book called The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St John Climacus, and I found myself using it as my constant companion. I was almost 73 when I was confirmed, and when the Monsignor asked whether there was the name of a saint I would like to take I said at once, and without thinking "John Climacus". In other words, let a saint emerge from your reading and studying and meditation. Then it will be someone you really want as your patron saint.
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I've heard a lot about this concept of patron saints...
Do you just pick a saint to pray to according to your prayer intention?
Or do you just pick one to pray to always?
Can you change your patron saint?
Can you only have one when you become confirmed or can you pick one at any time?

Thanks,
MR
I can only speak for myself, but Saint Jude, my patron, found me when I was at a very low ebb in my life. I was deep in sin and addiction, and one late night, I was feeling horrible, even suicidal. And from nowhere, I had this thought to find a prayer to Saint Jude on the Internet. I prayed to Jude, and was compelled to seek out the Church. That following Sunday was my first Sunday Mass of my life.
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Franciscans have a wonderful tradition. On or near Epiphany Franciscan fraternities will put a list of Saints together and for every person in the fraternity a name is randomly drawn. That becomes the person's Patron Saint for the year.

My SFO/OFS fraternity some years puts both Franciscan and non-Franciscan saints in the "hat". Some years only Franciscan saints, and some years only Third Order Franciscan saints. In addition to that we draw either a bible verse or a portion of the OFS rule to meditate on throughout the year and a secret prayer partner to pray for.

This could easily be modified for an individual.
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