Who is the patron saint for women athletes?


#1

My daughter will be making her Confirmation this year and has been searching through women saints for one associated with athletics, but is having little success. I have two questions. 1. Is there a woman patron saint of athletes? 2. How does a saint become associated with certain careers or activities? Could a woman saint eventually become associated with athletics via some petition?
Thankyou, Daniel


#2

Dear j,

The patron saint for all athletes is St. Sebastian. There doesn’t seem to be one for just women. Saints who have been associated with a particlular subject are the ones chosen to be patrons of that subject. St. Isadore was a farmer. So he became the patron of farmers. Perhaps your daughter could become the patron of women athletes some day. The position is open. Now all she has to do is become a saint!

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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