A saint for the year

January 1, 2013 | 181 comments

It’s that time of year again! I just used my little Saint’s Name Generator program to have a saint chosen at random to be my patron for the year. So, umm, should I be concerned that this is who I got?

St. Michael the Archangel
 Patron of (among other things): people in danger at sea,  ambulance drivers, bankers, dying people, the sick, swordsmiths
(What on earth does God have in store for me this year?)

Click here if you’d like the generator to choose a saint for you! Note that you have to click twice to get your saint (I wanted to throw in a little pause for prayer). There are around 275 saints in the database so far, about an even mix of men and women.

I absolutely love hearing about the saints that other folks have chosen for them. Leave a comment and let me know which saint decided to be your patron for 2013!


  1. Jill

    Blessed Terea of Calcutta

  2. Ann-Marie

    St. Albert the Great, it is. This will be wonderful as I am going to become thoughtful and purposeful in homeschooling my three year old ( patron Saint of schoolchildren). Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Rachel H. Evans

    This is fun! I got Joan of Arc!

    • moose_dress

      St. Jerome – patron saint of…libraries! fitting for my last semester of grad school…”Archeologists; Bible Scholars; Librarians; Libraries; Schoolchildren; Students; Translators”

  4. Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker

    I got St. Philip Neri, patron saint of joy. I’m a bit apprehensive because joy isn’t necessarily happiness and God’s ways are not ours :). It could be entirely harder than it appears on the surface!

  5. Amanda

    St. Catherine of Siena! I’ve been wanting to learn more about her.. I think I’ll start with the Pope’s angelus sermon about her when he was discussing the female Doctors of the Church!

    • Deanna

      favorite saint of mine! She was wonderful; favorite quote: Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!

  6. dweej {House Unseen}

    Woo hoo! St. Paul the Hermit- patron of the clothing industry and weavers. Clearly this means I’ll finally get my chance on What not to Wear!!!!! #thankyouJesus

  7. David Doyle

    St. Joan of Arc for me 🙂

  8. Chloe

    St Raymond Nonnatus for the student midwife. Uncanny!!

  9. Suzanne Beck

    I think that yours means that you need to come to our parish, St. Michael’s, to speak! 🙂

  10. Charlotte (Matilda)

    I just posted about how the whole family uses your Saint’s Name Generator I got St. Paul Chong Hasang patron of the Korean clergy. Not sure what he and I have in common, but we’ll see!

  11. MelanieB

    I got Saint Catherine of Sweden. A curious choice.

  12. Calah

    I got St Thomas the Apostle, patron saint of people in doubt. This is directly after praying that God would give me whatever I need to get through the year without losing faith. Your saints name generator is awesome. Thanks Jen.

  13. Jane

    Hum, great — my dial-a-patron-saint is St Pascal Baylon. Cradle born Catholic here – never heard of him. Patron saint of Cooks, Eucharist Congresses (whatever that is), and Organizations and Shepards. All righty then.

    • katherine

      He is a great saint for simplicity and just pure and simple faith.

  14. Julie

    Um….I got the patron saint of widows. (yikes)

    • Sarah in Ottawa

      I got her for 2012, but am happy to report that my husband is alive and well. Dorothy of Montau, right?

      This year, I got St. Guy of Anderlecht, about whom I know nothing. I do love Belgians, though.

  15. Angelina Patrick

    St. Hedwig was chosen for me. Patroness against jealousy; of brides, widows, death of a child. Feast Day October 16. She has an interesting history and several interesting relations… I will study her and ask for guidance, to remain open to what she has to teach me.

  16. melody

    St. Ivo of Kermartin … patron of orphans and lawyers. All ye holy men and women, pray for us!

  17. Patty

    Elizabeth of Portugal. I just glared at my husband.

    • Sarah Isis

      My daughter Isabel is named after her!

  18. The Reluctant Widow

    I was thinking that I would get some saint who was a widow since I am and you’d think I’d need a little help in accepting my new state in life. Nope. Alrighty then, is it terrible that the first one I got (St. Pascal Baylon) I was like “hmmm, patron saint of cooks and Eucharistic Congresses, shepherds. What’s that got to do with me?” So I did it again and I said, “Lord, I’m going for two because I don’t want to snub St. Pascal, but can I have someone I can relate to a little more.” Then I came up with Bl. Teresa of Calcutta. I’m going with both. When I read about St. Pascal Baylon, several things stood out to me: 1) he was a lay Fransciscan, 2) he adored the Eucharist, and 3) he was known for humility (something I am most definitely not known for). Bl. Teresa of Calcutta is someone I have wanted to know more of in recent years, so yay! I’ve got two and I am sure they each have some graces that I am lacking but may be able to obtain with their help.

  19. Mary

    UHHHH…. I am a LEEEETLE FREAKED OUT right now.

    I received: St. Ulric of Augsburg, Feast: July 4

    Patronage: Against Birth Complications; Against Dizziness; Against Faintness; Against Fever; Against Frenzy; Against Mice; Against Moles; Happy Death; Pregnant Women; Weavers

    First of all, I’m pregnant, due 2 weeks after this saint’s feast day, and had a horrible horrible last pregnancy resulting in my daughter being in the NICU for 1 month 3hrs from home, and I recently discovered we have a mouse in the pantry. What in the helicopter? Seriously!! St. Ulric pray for us! AHHH!

  20. Megan

    I got St. Martin de Porres… patron against rats, among other things. I hope we’re not headed for an infestation!
    Hubby got St. Margaret of Antioch, patroness of all things woman, pregnancy, and childbirth related…*to include when breastmilk is in short supply! We had a good laugh over that one. “Well between Margie and her milk it should be a great year!” he says. Man could I have used her help trying to pump at work a few years ago!

  21. Leslie

    A bit concerned, now. St Andrew Avellino: against strokes, apoplexy, sudden death. It could be an ‘interesting’ year. However, he was also a novice master, preacher and writer and spiritual advisor. I’ll look forward to getting to know him better.

  22. Christina

    St. Jude, Patron of Lost Causes and Desperate Situations … Um, Lord? Is there something I should know?

    • Emily C. Hurt

      I got him, too…on the second try. First time, I got St. Maria Maravillas de Jesus, about whom I knew nothing. Saw that she was a Carmelite (I wanted to be a Carmelite from age 7 to about 18), but decided to do it again…. And got: St. Jude. I generally joke that I’m an “impossible case,” so I think I’ll keep him. Thanks, Jen!

  23. Leila

    Whoa! St. Albert of Jerusalem! I’d never ever heard of him! But as I prayed between clicks, I asked God to give me someone to help me get through the big year ahead (namely, my newly-engaged daughter’s wedding, in addition to raising all the kids and two graduations). But my firstborn daughter was mostly on my mind, and BAM, St. Albert’s feast day is my daughter’s birthday! Also, he was born and served in Palestine and the Holy Land (Jerusalem) which is where my dad was born and raised until the age of ten. So, I feel those roots! I also like all that he did and what he was like. Wow, a great blessing! Thanks, Jen!

    • Ruth Ann Pilney

      St. Albert of Jerusalem wrote the original rule for the Carmelites who lived on Mt. Carmel.

  24. Mary

    Jennifer, our Saint name generator gave me St. Margaret of Antioch. This is very appropriate considering I just found out I am pregnant with our fourth child. Our third daughter passed away from a genetic brain condition, and I have a clotting condition and a heart condition. Needless to say this will be a high-risk pregnancy. St. Margaret will be my new go-to gal working for me in heaven. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to grow in holiness and learn more about our saints.

  25. jen ambrose

    St. Jan Sarkander. Interesting. Burnt to death in what is today Czechia for not violating the confessional seal during the time of the Thirty Years War. He reminds me of another St. Jan of the region, St. Jan Nepomucky, who was also martyred for not violating the confessional seal, but 200 or so years before.

    But the feast day is March 17. I’m half-Irish. March 17 is usually occupied by another saint. I guess he will have to share

  26. Jen G

    I received St. Francis of Assisi after having lost a pet last year, and some bumps in the road with a new pet.

  27. Rachel

    I got St. John of Kanty. It sounds like he was a very kind and patient man. Patience is something I’ve been praying for help with lately. I think this will be perfect 🙂

  28. Paula

    St. Eugene of Mazenod, the patron saint of dysfunctional families. I think t his may be a good choice for me this year. While my family is not dysfunctional per se, there is a lot that needs to be accomplished.

    • Will

      I got St. Eugene de Mazenod as well. Certainly, my family is awkward. St. Eugene, pray for us.

  29. Theresa

    I got St. Brigid of Ireland, I got her last year, too! I think God would like me to stick with her! Among other things, she is patron of babies and I’m headed for a c-section on Friday! Thanks for this wonderful tool, Jen!

  30. Kelly

    I got our Lady of Guadalupe–My blog is largely my post-abortive prolife witness and I occasionally give my testimony with Silent No More. So–yay!

  31. Moni

    St. Nicholas of Tolentino patron of holy souls. To me and to my husband St Peter the apostle.

  32. Sarah Isis

    Looks like I’m the first one who got St. Basil the great! Woo hoo! Well, at least the first one who posted a comment here.
    For a split second, I was a little disappointed….. I wanted a female saint. But now, im excited. He is what I call a power saint! A doctor of the church and received the title ‘Great’ while still alive.
    Impressive. I’m gonna read more about him….
    St basil pray for us!

  33. Catherine

    St Francis of Paola. Whozatt?? Memorial: April 2.

    Patron against fire, plague, sterility, for boatmen, travelers. Defender of the poor, peacemaker, Miracle Worker: raised the dead, read minds, was a prophet. When a boatman refused him a ride, Francis laid his cloak on the water, tied one end to his staff to make a sail, and sailed across with his companions.

    Founded a Franciscan Order of Hermits (I am an introvert, praying for help to be outgoing!) Before age 20 had attracted followers (Christ has been asking me to speak up for Him), his simple humility sends demons packing (Right on!)! Has “Charitas” on his holy card.

    “Be peace-loving. Peace is a precious treasure to be sought with great zeal. You are well aware that our sins arouse God’s anger. You must change your life, therefore, so that God in his mercy will pardon you. What we conceal from men is known to God. Be converted, then, with a sincere heart. Live your life that you may receive the blessing of the Lord. Then the peace of God our Father will be with you always.”
    – from a letter by Saint Francis of Paola

    Woo hoo, thanks Jen!!

    • Dan

      St. Francis of Paola is my patron saint! Totally awesome dude.

  34. Leanne

    Oh my. I ended up with Blessed Margaret of Castello. Before I clicked on the link, I asked for a saint who would lead me to be closer to God, to be ever aware of God. I think God has a sense of humor. Here’s her bio:

    Born a blind, lame, deformed, hunchback midget. When she was six years old, her noble parents walled her up beside a chapel; she could not get out, but could attend Mass and receive the Sacraments. After 14 years of imprisonment, her parents took her to a shrine to pray for a cure. When none occurred, they abandoned her. She became a lay Dominican, and spent her life in prayer and charity. When she died, the townspeople thronged her funeral, and demanded she be buried in a tomb inside the church. The priest protested, but a crippled girl was miraculously cured at the funeral, and he consented.


    Yup. Someone’s got to wall me up in a chapel before I’ll sit still long enough to be with God. Good one, God.

    Can you imagine being abandoned by your parents twice?

  35. Jean G

    Getting St. John Vianney made me smile and feel warm and loved. I have read two biographies of him since becomming Catholic 11 years ago, but never thought to seek his prayers and assistance for myself. (May have thought he was too busy taking care of the world’s priests.) Of course I know better, and now I feel free to actually enter into a relationship with him. Before I just admired him from afar. Thank you for connecting me to this odd little computer “tool.” It has genuinely blessed me.

  36. nancyo

    This year I got St. John Bosco, patron of Apprentices; Boys; Editors; Mexican Young People; Laborers; Schoolchildren; Students; Young People – none of which I am. But he founded the Salesians, and his calling came from his actual dreams, so he’ll be interesting to get to know.

    Last year I had Bl. Titus Brandsma, who died a horrible death in a concentration camp. I was a bit freaked out, but the year contained many ties to my patron; it was powerful!

  37. Jason

    I, for one, look forward to hearing about your adventures in swordmaking this year.

  38. Erin

    I got St Margaret Clitherow, which may be appropriate if I can get my business up and running like I want this year. Not up for martyrdom, though.

    I’ve got as my confirmation saint St Thomas Becket, and these days he’s handy for standing up to a government that wants to dictate to the church. Last year I dedicated myself to St Dymphna, who is the patroness of crazy people and those that counsel others. I picked her for both reasons.

  39. Rob

    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast: January 4 Patronage: Against In-Law Problems; Against the Death of Children; Against the Death of Parents; People Ridiculed for Their Piety; Widows

    This is perfect for me because we tend to have some In-Law problems (who doesn’t 🙂 and I have been struggling a bit internally lately about the prospect of losing one of my children~ it terrifies me so her prayers will surely be helpful. I also have an elderly father suffering from dementia and is taking some turns for the worse. I often also receive ridicule from some family members for adhering to our Catholic faith. I also attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Pretty dang amazing. God is good.

    • Rob

      I should add that I hope NOT to become a widower. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton pray for us!

    • Tara

      St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is mine and my younger son’s, as well. Can’t say I’m not concerned, given her patronages.

  40. Kate

    Saint Rose of Lima! I think I needed her.

  41. Abigail Benjamin

    I got St. Elizabeth of Portugal

  42. Jessica

    I got St. Thomas Aquinas, one of my favorite saints but one I’ve been meaning and meaning to learn more about, AND Thomas was already a finalist in the running for a possible name for our first child if this baby in my belly turns out to be a boy! What a blessed choice! Thanks for putting this site together!

  43. Lizzie

    Thank you so much for this – I have done it for the past 3 years. Last year, I had St Rita of Cascia which terrified me on January 1st as she’s the patron saint of abused women, falsely accused women, impossible causes and more. She was an amazing friend to me as I had a truly awful start to the 2012 with my son’s father and she was absolutely the best Saint to run to and ask for prayers from. I ended 2012 a much stronger woman than I started it – thanks to St Rita’s prayers!
    Now, I have been given St Rene Goupil – the first north american martyr. I have always been drawn to St Isaac Jogues, St Jean de Brebeuf and now there is another Saint of the Americas for me to get to know. I’m looking forward to learning from him and maybe even praying for the opportunity to visit Canada during 2013.
    God bless you and yours – I am praying for you and the safe arrival of your baby!

  44. Amelia

    St. Therese of Lisieux
    Feast: October 1

    Patronage: Aviators; Loss of Parents; Missionaries; Florists; Sick People; AIDS Patients; Tuberculosis

    Hmmm…this doesn’t seem to bode well for the new year.

  45. Mary @ St Henry II

    St. Charles Borromeo – patron saint of abdominal disorders, colic, apple orchards, spiritual leaders and… catechumens?

    This may be an interesting year.

  46. Kristen @ St Monica's Bridge

    St Vitus. Patron of epileptics, dogs. We lost our epileptic dog last July. And the day I went to the generator, my husband and I both had dreams about that dog…hmmm.

  47. lauren

    St. Isaac Jogues.. patron of the Americas and Canada. Interestingly enough also the name of the parish I attended while living out West… perhaps this will help me in discerning whether to stay here in the northeast or try out the west again. We shall see what 2013 holds for us.

  48. Adrienne

    Last year, we decided to choose a patron saint for the whole family and the RSG gave us St. Philomena. It was great to learn more about a saint with whom I wasn’t familiar. SO this year, I was excited to take whomever the RSG spit out, but I’ll be honest, after the first try resulted in a saint whose name I couldn’t predict and whose story I really couldn’t connect with, I tried again and got St. Gianna. I already know quite a bit about her, but she seems like the right patron for our family this year with my mom battling uterine cancer, so St. Gianna it is.
    Thanks, Jen, for the fun program!

    • Adrienne

      And RSG is actually not what you call it, is it? Ha. RSG = Random Saint Generator.

  49. Sara

    I got Blessed John duns Scotus—someone I’d never heard of before, but I think it may be because of his connection with the Immaculate Conception. I’m looking forward to learning about him, and watching the movie about him today.

    My family picks their saints on the first Sunday in Advent! It seems to make more sense for Catholics than January 1.

  50. Jeanne G.

    I got St. Cecilia. I love to sing, so I was happy she chose me.

  51. Shannon

    This year I got St. Acca, the patron saint of learning. Last year I got St. Adelaide, patron of brides, which was very appropriate since I was recently married 🙂 Thank you so much for the saint generator – it is a great way to learn about the saints and have new help with prayers!

  52. Scott Alt

    St. Andrew Corsini, patron saint against riot and civil disorder. I don’t know whether that should make me worried or comforted.

  53. Considerer

    So, er, yeah…
    St. Wenceslaus
    Feast: September 28

    Patronage: Bohemia; Brewers; Czech Republic; Moravia

    • Alison

      That is who I got an my exact thoughts. I’m going to read up on him.

  54. Rhonda Ortiz

    St. Eugene de Mazenod, patron saint of dysfunctional families. How appropriate. :-/

  55. Tasha

    I got St. Joseph Calasanz…which is fitting I suppose. He’s patron saint of colleges, universities, students, and schools for the poor. I’m a grad student right now and have decided to specialize in working with kids. Or it could be that going to grad school is making me poor 🙂

  56. Colleen Martin

    I got St. Gianna!! I bought a book about her and was praying to her so much during my last pregnancy because if that baby had been a girl (he was an Alexander instead!) we were going to name her Gianna.

    Oh wait, now I’m worried that this means I will get pregnant with #6 in 2013?!?!

  57. Line

    St. Adelaide, patron saint of abuse victims, brides, empresses, exiles … I’m crossing my fingers for the brides part 😛

    • Ashley

      I also got St. Adelaide.
      Given the uphevial in my life of late, she seems rather appropriate.

      • melanie

        St. Adelaide was also the Queen of Italy and patron of large families.

  58. Deanna

    Thanks! I have Louis IX, who covers almost as much as St. Michael, but he’s a good fit for me:)

  59. Erik

    Bl. Margaret of Castello
    I was unfamiliar with this Saint. Thank you for the opportunity to learn about this child of God.

  60. Christy

    Uh, oh. St. Peregrine. I don’t know how I should feel about this…But I’m sure praying to him can’t be a bad thing!

  61. majellamom

    I got St. Scholastica, patron of nuns, convulsive children, and invoked against storms and rain.

  62. Bruian Sullivan

    St. Genesius. I did some acting in high school and had a St. Genesius medal given to me as a gift, IIRC. He’s also a patron of musicians, so I guess I’ll get some help on what to do with my songwriting! I didn’t do so well by St. Raymond of Penyafort last year; I hope St. Genesius and I will do better!

    • Brian Sullivan

      Arrgh! Can even spell my own name! St. Gensius, pray for me!

  63. Jennifer Fitz

    St. John Bosco.

    Yes, I groaned.

    I’m trying not to think about it.

  64. Amanda

    St. Honorius of Amiens, patron saint of bakers, rofl! Anyone who knew me would be laughing hysterically…I do not cook or bake ever, my husband does 90% of our cooking and the local fast food restaurants do the rest, haha! I did make toast this morning but that’s about as culinary as I get 🙂

    St. Michael the Archangel is a great patron saint btw, very cool! I have a St. Michael medal I’ve worn since I got it from my deceased grandmother when I was 12 and coincidentally my home church was also St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

  65. Michelle

    I am so glad you are still taking comments and that I came here today and used your Saint generator. I have to say that it is amazing the way these things work.

    My saint is St. Clare of Assisi. As I read about her, I was floored and choose to see God’s hand in this.

    I am due (with #6) in late July (but I could go into August) and my St. Clare of Assisi’s feast day is August 11. I recently began thinking about whether the baby I am carrying is a girl or a boy and the name Clare popped into my head if we are blessed with a girl. With a family of 7-going-on-8, I am continually managing laundry in my house (thankfully with an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old, I am able to delegate a bit now!) and St. Clare of Assisi is a patron of Laundry workers. Additionally, Telephones (particularly “smart” phones, which routinely make me not-so-smart) and Television provide humongous obstacles to my holiness and guess what? St. Clare of Assisi is a patron of Telephones and Television. There are more, but I won’t bore you.

    What a wonderful Saint for 2013 for me and I assure you, I’ll have some of this in my Quick Takes on Friday!!

    Thank you for posting your Saint Generator. I have to admit it’s my first time trying it out, I know you’ve had it for a couple of years now. But it couldn’t have been a better Saint for me at a better time.


  66. Shane

    On our small radio programme on community radio we promoted the selection of a patron saint for the year and suggested people use your generator. This year the team of presenters got Bl Teresa of Calcutta, St Raymond Nonnatus and St Erasmus. For our blog, your excellent Saints Name Generator gave us St Francis Xavier! Thanks again!


  67. Claire

    I got St. Mary Magdelene!!

  68. juliea

    Blessed Chiara Luce.

  69. Calee

    Saint Agostina Petrantoni
    Abuse Victims; Against Poverty; Martyrs; People Ridiculed for Their Piety

    I need to develop the type of piety that would invite ridicule.

    (And my husband runs an organization that works with the homeless so I think she’s the saint for both of us this year!)

    St. Agostina pray for us!

  70. Meika

    Well. Let’s hope this isn’t predictive, eh? St. Anastasia of Sirmium, patron saint of martyrs, weavers, and widows.


  71. Meika

    Okay, I take back my sigh. 🙂 St. Anastasia has a great story, whatever it is that she’s patron of (deliverer from potions, too – is that like protection from having to call poison control AGAIN?). Hoping that I might learn something from her life without falling officially into her patronage!

  72. Pat

    St. John Ogilvie. I cannot tell what he is the patron saint of. He was a Jesuit martyred in Scotland.

    I am underwhelmed. I look forward to reading about him, but I admit that I was looking forward to some kind of cool coincidence, which I have not seen.

    Here is a book about him.


  73. Dawn Wright

    St. Margaret of Antioch. This could be a very interesting year…

  74. Lindsey

    St. Raphael the archangel – Since he’s the patron of lovers and happy meetings, I’m hoping he’ll be my matchmaker this year! 🙂 I’ve started a novena and I’m reading the book of Tobit (never read it before) to learn more about St. Raphael.

  75. Joel Schmidt

    Bl. Angela of Foligno. I better study up quickly; her feast day is this Friday, January 4. It says here she is the patron of those afflicted by sexual temptation and widows? What the…?! O 2013, what do you have in store for me? 😉

  76. Jenna@CallHerHappy

    I got St. Leo the Great. I didn’t know darn thing about him, but I read up a little. It says he did a lot of writing against heresy of the Church. Perhaps I am being called?

  77. Jamie

    St. Maximilian Kolbe
    I was initially weirded out at first, but as I learn more about him I am quite impressed.

  78. Beadgirl

    St. Anne Line: patron saint of childless people, converts, and widows. I am none of those things . . . yet. I guess we’ll see what the year brings?

  79. carolyn

    Juan Diego was the saint I got, and I admit to feeling a little disappointed because I already know everything about him (I’ve been to see Our Lady of Guadalupe) and was hoping for someone new to learn about. So I said a little prayer, hit the button again and this time was given…Our Lady of Guadalupe! I guess this was really meant to be for me in 2013….

  80. Babe

    Well just last night while trying to get to sleep I was thinking about approaching our recently new priest of our cluster about doing some kind of a parish mission this lent. This is something we have not had for many, many years and I have been wanting to have one for a long, long time. Our last priest before he left said it would be ok but be careful who I would choose for this. Well when I clicked on the website I prayed like it said for a saint that would inspire me for greater devotion to our Lord before clicking the button. I did not ask for any particular thing and had forgotten all about last night. I couldn’t believe when St. Leonard of Port Maurice popped up. My first thought was “I’ve never heard of him before. Oh well that’s who our Lord chose for me so I’d better read on to see why. I was stunned, right there under his name read canonized 1867 and named Patron Saint for “Parish Missions.” I will spend “2013” praying to my new found St. Leonard!

  81. Ashley

    I’ve never tried your generator before, but thought I’d try this year. I got St. Peregrine (May 1st) – patron saint of People With Cancer; People With Breast Cancer; and Sick People. Honestly it makes my heart a little heavy. My dad is really sick right now, and the doctors are thinking it’s cancer. We should be finding out for sure sometime this week. It’s scary. And I’m trying to be positive but it’s hard. I was listening to Mother Angelica this morning and she said something to the effect that we should “take what God gives, and give what God takes.” Hard but true.

    • Kerry Wolf

      Hang in there, Ashley. I lost my mom to cancer when I was 28–I wish I had been Catholic then and had known of St Peregrine. It was a very tough time to go through and left me with deep fears of illness myself. I adopted St Dymphna as my patron Saint for my constant medical anxiety and depression. You might give her a shout if you find yourself feeling too down–she helps me a lot! I will be praying for you and for your dad.

  82. Linda

    I was “picked” by St. Erasmus (Elmo), patron against intestinal disease. I just saw the Doc the day before for unexplained vomiting. Thought I’d keep going, so I tried again and got St. Joseph, patron (among many things) against doubt and hesitation, house hunters and working people: doubt & hesitation are big in my life right now, as I try to figure out how to get out of an awful job, and we’re trying to sell my mother’s house. Then I was having so much fun, I tried a third time and got St. Peter. First thing listed for patronage is against feet problems: I’ve been having a lot of pain in my right foot. Seriously, I was laughing in astonishment at the three patrons whom I really seem to need the most right now. Thanks, Jen!!

  83. Pat the Protestant

    I got Anthony the Abbot. I like him and he is connected with animals which is special to me.

    Pat the Protestant

  84. Sarah

    I got St. Peter, who I like anyhow. BUT I never knew he was the patron saint of foot problems!! Last year I had THE worst case of eczema on my feet (out from work for over a week and had to borrow a walker to hobble around). Thought it was kinda neat I got him 🙂

  85. Lisa

    …Saint Dunstan – not sure what to think, Patron of the blind, an educator, and an administrator. Hmmmm…
    I just love this!

  86. Louise

    Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was chosen for me. I have god-bumps from this! My daughter and son-in-law are in the process of adopting a child from outside the states. This child is scheduled to have open heart surgery next week. A partial list of Patronage includes: Immigrants; Orphans
    Mother Cabrini pray for this child!

  87. Kerry Wolf

    St Rose of Lima! I am pleased with her–she is patron of embroiderers–a craft a left behind years ago but have been longing to resume. She is also patron of “people ridiculed for their piety”–something I doubt seriously I am in danger of, but one never knows.

  88. sheila

    St. Leo the Great is going to be my saint for the year. Although he doesn’t seem to be a patron saint, he is a doctor of the Church. He defended the doctrine of the incarnation successfully against those who did not believe in the dual nature of Christ in the 5th century and spoke out against numerous other heresies. He turned Atilla the Hun back at the gates of Rome and 20 years later persuaded the vandals to spare those who took refuge in the churches as the city was sacked. 140 of his brillant writings are preserved to this day. As a writer and secular carmelite I can’t wait to explore his writings further.

  89. cj

    I was given St. Maurice and am looking forward to getting to know him. He is the patron saint of armies and soldiers, among other things. He is a wonderful fit for me because my husband is currently deployed for the 5th time and his feast day is my husband’s birthday!

    • Joni

      Oh, how special is that! Many blessings, and thanks to your husband for his service.

  90. Joni

    Well, this looks to be an interesting year… my saint is St. Pius V. According to NewAvent.com,”in 1557 Paul II made him a cardinal and named him inquisitor general for all Christendom.” All-righty then. He restored purity of faith and discipline. Well, who can’t use some of that? I will learn more about him, and get the conversation started! Thanks!

  91. Mary Baker

    St. Afra. I had never heard of her. Converts; Martyrs; Penitent Women. God’s hands are all over this.

  92. Deacon Russ Shupe

    St. Anastasia of Sirmium. A martyr who is listed in the list of saints said in the Roman Canon. Feast day Dec 25 so she gets a special commemoration during the second Mass of Christmas Day. This is fun!

  93. Barb Rosser

    I had no idea you were the saints name generator originator! Last year, St. Augustine found me and he and I remain close friends…but thought we could use some company this year, so St. Angela Merici will be joining us…what a gift! Thank you for doing this!

  94. Jessica

    Saint Ivo of Kermartin
    Patronage: abandoned people, advocates, attorneys, bailiffs, barristers, Brittany, canon lawyers, canonists, judges, jurists, lawyers, notaries, orphans

    We’ll see what the year brings!

  95. Monica

    I love this!! I got St. Augustine. My name is Monica, and I already have an affinity for St. Monica…and since I was an exceptionally challenging teenager/young adult AND just graduated from theology grad school, Augustine fits pretty well. Looking forward to studying him more this year!

  96. Mary Redling

    St. Zita for me –patroness of single laywomen and those who lose keys–both of which i am 🙂 Thank you for this. It’s fun to read everyone’s saint

  97. melissa

    I was given St. Monica for this year – patroness of difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of adultery or unfaithfulness, victims of (verbal) abuse, and conversion of relatives. Hmmmm…. the only part that fits is the conversion of relatives. Last year I got St. Rita, patroness of impossible causes. I invoked her help for my husband’s brother who was raised Catholic but has hated God and especially the Catholic Church for the last 25 years. He has refused to have a relationship with my husband for the last year, I think in part because my husband was ordained a Deacon in June. Just this past week, his brother called to talk to him, and seems open to a renewed relationship at least. I am giving St. Rita the credit for that. So, perhaps St. Monica will have an influence in this cause.

  98. Kris

    I got St. Hyacinth. Which is strange because my grandfather’s name was Hyacinth (1900-1982) and he was born on August 15th. St. Hyacinth’s death date is August 15th.

  99. Monette

    I got St. Leo the Great, who I knew absolutely nothing about. I admit I was a little skeptical, but after a bit of research, I am pleased to say that he seems like the perfect saint for me. While he’s not listed as the official patron saint of any one group, it seems he was a prolific writer whose fiery, yet symmetrical, Latin style (known as cursus Leonicus) was standard for centuries.

    With the publication of my first book just months away, I’m feeling blessed to have a saint whose “writings were like strong armor against the heresies of his day and even against those of the future.” I can only pray that mine will be the same!

    Thank you for coming up with this. I am in awe of anyone who has both a writer brain and a techie one!

    Happy New Year!

  100. Kerri

    I got St. Catherine of Genoa. Don’t know much about her and hopefully I’ll actually follow through this year and try to learn more about her. I’ve not done so well in past years.

  101. Michael

    My parents named me “Michael” because it sounded good. I chose it for my confirmation name because I’d grown attached to it and because who could be more exciting for a teenage boy to be named after? But now I see it as a built-in reminder not to be proud. “Who is like God?”

  102. Martha

    I got St. John Neumann (1811-1860). I had always wondered just who he was! I have a chance to meet him this year. Thanks so much for this saints generator!

  103. Ashley

    I got St. Catherine of Bologna, patroness of art and artists.

  104. John Zwicker

    Well done! Ite ad Joseph!

  105. RachelKate

    I got St. Jan Sarkander. I can figure out what he is the patron Saint of so maybe he can handle all of my issues. LOL! What I LOVE about him is that his bio got me to understand the history behind the Hangman’s Daughter trilogy that I’ve been reading. The timing is perfect. Maybe I will take up the 30 Years War as a hobby as I so enjoyed the books and my Saint was martyred in that war.

  106. Marti B

    St. Bernadette, patron of the ill and the poor. Hmm. I don’t think these are meant to scare us, but to inspire us. Extra prayers for our hostess through the intercession of St. Bernadette, anyway. 🙂

  107. Anita

    I was in the middle of complaining about my incredibly ordinary life when I opened the RSG. So yeah.. St. Josemaria Escriva for me.

    • Suellen

      God is good!

  108. Margaret

    St. Augustine of Canterbury, about whom I know NOTHING…

    • sean

      so now is your opportunity to learn about the Saint to brought the faith to the southern English… (the north and west already had the faith, from Celtic Saints)

  109. Susan

    St. Katharine Drexel. Can’t wait to learn more about her. Pray for me, St. Katharine Drexel!

  110. sean

    Mine was… St. Florian of Lorch
    Feast: May 4

    Patronage: Against Battle; Against Drowning; Against Fire; Against Flood; Austria; Brewers; Chimney Sweeps; Coopers; Drowning Victims; Firefighters; Harvests; Poland; Soap-Boilers

    I wonder what the Lord has in store for me?

  111. jen

    St. Louis IX

  112. Colleen

    St. Mary Magdalen- a great choice for my life right now and also someone who has always fascinated me. Thanks!

  113. el-e-e

    St. Anne Line, patron of childless people, converts and widows. Interesting. 🙂

  114. MAry Ann

    I got St Bridget of Sweden. I found this very interesting, because she has the same birthday of our furkid!!! So this will be a fun year to learn about her!!

  115. Heather

    St. Margaret of Scotland – Patron Saint of large families and and inspiration to me!

  116. Pam

    St. Bernadette – Patronage: Against Illness; Against Poverty; People Ridiculed for Their Piety; Shepherds; Sick People

    This is not what I would expect but I trust the Lord in this as in all things. As a mother of 3 little ones, I am grateful for protection against illness. As a family, we have become more devoted to God in the past few months and my atheist husband is finally on his own conversion journey, so perhaps we can expect some ridicule for our piety. Thank you for sharing this idea. St. Bernadette, Pray for us!

  117. SueClarke

    I got a lady I had never heard of, St. Anastasia of Sirmium, whose patronage includes martyrs,widows, weavers and those suffering from the effects of poisons…..is it relevant that our dishwasher broke over Christmas?

  118. Anne

    Wow, I got St. Anne Line. I’ve never heard of her but find it incredibly amusing that she and I share the same name AND that her feast day is the day before my birthday! She is the patron saint of childless people, converts, and widows. Interesting.

  119. Lisa V.

    St. Rita. She remained faithful to her abusive husband and had two sons, like I. Although I have a wonderfully caring husband, I will reflect on St. Rita as devoted wife and mother. Something my heart daily stirs me to be.

  120. RosieB

    Jen – praying for you and your family. “St. Michael the archangel, defend us in battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do though, o prince of the Heavenly host, by the divine power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls”.

  121. Jimbo

    St. Michael the Archangel is also the Patron Saint of PARATROOPERS. (Yes, and in all caps! 🙂

    I was one, and it was extremely comforting to pray to him before jumping out that door!

    I’ve read that you are sick and hope you get well soon . My wife and I are praying to Blessed JPII for your recovery! God bless you and your family!

  122. Elena

    St. Clare of Assisi – patron of laundresses – which is a hint to catch up on the laundry around here in 2013. Also said a prayer to St. Michael to protect you and the little one – that you both are on the road to good health as you battle those PEs!

  123. Ellie

    Jennifer, I’ve enjoying doing this for three years now 🙂 The first time, Thomas Aquinas was chosen for me, the second time it was John the Evangelist, this year Matthew the Apostle.

    I’m holding you and the baby in my prayers — as I comment I see that you’re in hospital with pulmonary emboli. Jennifer I am so sorry. Will continue to pray, of course! I have lit candles for you and baby here at the Monastery with which I am affiliated — I am here on a semi-quiet retreat, semi-quiet meaning I can peek in the iPad on occasion 🙂

  124. SueClarke

    Gosh, having just written my rather silly saints entry, I find out in my notifications that you are in hospital. I’ll be praying for you and your little one.

  125. Hevel

    Just for the fun of it I went to see who I’d get… and the site crashed. Twice. Oh well.

  126. Kathleen

    Last year, I got St. Gianna Beretta Molla, and freaked out a little, because I wasn’t pregnant, nor planning to be pregnant in the next year, and was afraid that meant I’d get pregnant when it wasn’t a good time. I’m still not pregnant, but maybe she set about softening my heart, because now I’d LOVE to be able to have a baby, sooner rather than later, though I have to hold off for the time being due to financial difficulties (much more severe now than last New Year’s, when the thought of getting pregnant was so scary!)

    This year, I got Bl. Gerard of Lunel – patron against headaches! That sounds PERFECT for me, as I’m very prone to headaches.

    I see at NCR that you could use the protection of St. Michael the Archangel right now. Praying for you!

  127. Scott Alt

    Wishing you a quick and full recovery, and health for the baby. Praying to St. Michael and my patron saint for the year, Andrew Corsini.

  128. Lorraine

    I have not used the saints’ name generator, YET, for this year. Last year, for my family, we were “chosen” by St Joseph Moscatti…a DOCTOR! Well, you guessed it…we needed a doctor this past year. My son started to lose weight, run fevers, napping,lack of appetite,etc. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s in late March. PRAISE GOD he is responding well to treatments! But you can understand my hesitency for picking another saint! HA! Of course, I should look at it positively & realize that St Joseph Moscatti has been “watching over” my son as he is doing so well now. Thank you.

  129. Suellen

    LOVE THIS. Every year I fill up a bowl with saints names and we pick a patron for the year. This is “funner”. Mine brought me to tears–St. Louis de Montfort. I did the consecration for the first time 7 years ago on the Feast of the Holy Rosary. This method of to-Jesus-through-Marian Consecration was so little known, and his book forgotten, until recently. Now there are versions of it all over the place and our parish runs the “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Fr. Gaitley continuously.

    We are praying for you and your family, Jennifer. God bless and heal you, quickly!

  130. Kylie

    Perhaps we shouldn’t be using this saint ;assigner; to predict our futures/make us weirded out, but perhaps to get a new intercessor and someone through whom we can grow closer to Christ. ( I will say, it can be comical to see who we get, but let us not fall into the sin of divination! )
    I got Theresa of Avila, one who I have heard a lot about but haven’t looked in to very much. Glad to have her intercession this year!
    Thank you for the generator! Very interesting!
    God bless!

  131. Nicole

    St. Joseph Moscati, an Italian doctor. At first, I was like ok and I sure hope we do not need a doctor like Lorraine above! But I have found his story and example good so far. He will be my family’s patron saint this year. Doing this is a first for us. Thank you! And my prayers for you, the baby, and your family.

    • Lorraine

      Oh, Nicole! I shouldn’t have written that…more than anything I am just THANKFUL that my son is doing so well now…I also have a quirky sense of humor & did not mean to imply divination! St Joseph Moscatti is a WONDERFUL SAINT & we have enjoyed “getting to know him” this year. He has a beautiful life story & there is even a movie about him shown on EWTN at times. God Bless & Happy Feast of the Ephiphnay!

  132. Patti Day

    I got St. Michael, the Archangel

    This is very meaningful, as I realized that I’ve prayed the St. Michael prayer several times today. It’s not a prayer that I pray generally. I mean I know it and like it, but just don’t think of it all that much. It was a delightful surprise.

  133. Marie

    Blessed Angela of Foligno

    Franciscan Third Order as a late vocation – interesting. I’ve been trying to discern what it is God has planned as my vocation, since I’ve come into the church late.

  134. Antonia

    St. Sebaastian – a name I have always loved, and when I thought it was okay to name my guardian angel, it was the name I chose!

  135. Jade

    St. Juan Diego, December 8th……I have to learn more about this saint. I’ve never heard of him.

  136. Lauri

    Interesting…..I got St. Sigismund of Burgundy who I’ve never heard of. He is the patron saint of fever, the Czech Republic and Freising, Germany. I read that he had his son murdered for insulting Sigismund’s wife. He was remorseful and retired to a monastery to atone for his action. He spent 5 years there helping the poor and praying. I couldn’t make a connection between myself and him, but then realized I am sometimes hasty in my decision making (I’ve never had anyone murdered however!). Maybe St. Sigismund of Burgundy can teach me to think before I act. I’m looking forward to seeing what the coming year will bring! If you have any information on this saint I’d appreciate hearing from you.

  137. MR

    Saint Raphael the Archangel! He was also my youngest daughter’s guardian. She died 6 years ago and used to tell me that he was very close to her. I am sure he was there to lead her on the day she left us and led her before the throne of the Lamb. Now he will be my guide.

  138. ViolinMama@Rosey Outlook

    Well, as always, I thank you for your saints generator. I don’t see it as some crazy fortune predictor at all! I really believe that the assigned saint will speak in your life somehow. Either as a challenge to get to know a saint you did not know, or or new prayer friend to intercess with. Also, most likely, whatever the saint is patron of will become relevant in the next year for someone in our lives, or a current event to pray for. For others, the connection is personal and OBVIOUS. For others (like me last year doing this) there seems to be no connection, just new knowledge and intercessor. But, it is never an accident! I love your saint generator!

    This year, I was given St. Matthew the Apostle- patron of bookkeepers. Unlike last year, when it was a saint I simply learned about more and prayed with, this year I feel a more direct assignment. I really need help to take over my family’s bookkeeping, and it is scary for me. I now have the perfect intercessor (and sign) to really plod away in improvement and trying. I totally felt a connection and God smiling on me.

    And…it seems St. Michael the Archangel was PERFECT for you far too soon into this new year. So grateful all the news is good, and praying for your recovery. I’m sure this is not the last time St. Michael can intercess for you. Hopefully not is this personal/dramatic way, but continue to reveal new things to you in regards to how precious life is this year. God is SO good!! Thanks for sharing this each year. I always forget, and you remind me. Thank you! FEEL BETTER! We’ve been praying for you!!!

  139. Lauren K

    I love this. We prayed as a family for the right saint for us and got… St. Justin Martyr. Given that we prayed together about it we aren’t going to change it, but I’m a little hesitant. We aren’t philosophy buffs. I wouldn’t mind any encouragement anyone has to offer. ;).

    Prayers for a complete recovery for you! Xoxo


    • andrea frazer

      Hi Lauren – I’m encouraging you from Los Angeles! Maybe you’ll meet someone who is a philosophy buff or in the future have a philosopher in your family. You’ll look back and remember this saint and once again be reminded that it’s all God’s timing! Hope this helped. Good luck!

  140. andrea frazer

    I got St.Alexandrina http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=5911who jumped from a window when she was 13 to flee 3 men who planned on violating her chastity. She spent the rest of her life in severe pain and for 13 years lived only on communion wafers. Honestly, she sounds a bit mental, but I’m willing to give this a shot. I do NOT like to suffer like she did. I do NOT willingly endure pain. But at the same time, I totally get that suffering is part of the human condition and very much part of the Christian life. So FINE. Bring it on. Just don’t make me survive on communion wafers for 13 years. Vanilla wafers? Maybe. (Feel better.)

  141. Teresa P.

    I picked St. Radegunde and am looking forward to learning more about her.
    My three older children also had a saint picked for them. My daughter received St. Therese of Liseux and my boys received St. Rene Goupil and St. John Vianney. Reading about them so far – they are a great match for them. My husband will pick his when he gets home. Thank you for putting this together!

  142. Claire

    Saint Dymphna – I had never heard of her, until now. Very appropriate for certain areas of my life.

  143. Gillian

    St. Damasus I
    Feast: December 11

    Patronage: Archeologists

  144. Nan

    St. Edwin of Northumbria. Patron of, among other things, converts (that’s me!)

  145. janene@EverydayEO

    Blessed Titus Brandsma–who knew?! Famous quote: “Not my will but yours be done.”

  146. MemeGRL

    I got St. Teresa Margaret Redi, which is a beautiful choice for me for this year. My prayer life could use a cheerleader whose only wish was closer communion with Our Lord, and I am hoping the strength of her desire takes me with her even just a bit!

  147. Marty in "Hail-Mary" land

    Saint for the year?! How random I thought but, what the heck I’ll give it a try. St. Raymond Penafort of Spain born c. 1175 the Patron of Lawyers comes up. Then I read his bio and his feast day was originally Jan. 23…my birthday!!! (later changed to Jan 7). It’s St. Raymond and me for ’13.

  148. Adam

    The saint generator definitely isn’t random. It’s all in God’s hands. On January 2nd I got St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi and have been asking her to pray for us. Now, ten days later we were checking our parish’s baptism schedule so we can get our 2-month old baptized. Based on several factors we determined that May 25th would be best. After selecting that date, on a whim we looked up the patron saint for that day. Guess who? St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi! God is good.

  149. Kate

    My son was recently diagnosed with diabetes. We found out soon after his diagnosis that there is a saint who is accredited with early trials of insulin to treat diabetic patients. His name is Giuseppe Moscati. We had begun praying to him as a family and then discovered a movie about him that was broadcast on EWTN. We were able to watch the first half there and then we got the movie for my son for Christmas. We had just watched it a couple of weeks before my friend sent me the link to this ‘pick a saint’ website. Our family all gathered round and said a prayer for the intervention of the Holy Spirit, and we began youngest to oldest, picking a saint to learn about and pray to for the year. When it got to be my son’s turn, he clicked and… St. Joseph Moscati!! (I had to explain that Joseph is the English form of Giuseppe). Our jaws all dropped and we are certainly on board to pray to him for a cure for our son’s diabetes. Praise God!!

  150. Vonnie

    I was blessed with St. Walburga, a nun whose brothers are both saints and her Uncle was St. Boniface. What a cool family! I have Germany, farmers, mariners and sailors in my history and she is the patron of that plus more. Nice to meet you St. Walburga.

  151. Cathy

    St. Margaret of Antioch. She’s the patron saint of pregnant women, nursing women, infertile women, labor and delivery as well as terminal illness (???). I have four children ages 6 to 2 and when this saint popped up I may or may not have uttered an explicative. Sigh. But smiling. Kind of 🙂 Thanks for creating and posting this!

  152. Rock Climbing Gear

    Hello There. I found your blog in twitter. This is a very well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return.

  153. Brenda

    I prayed to the Holy Spirit before I clicked the button….my prayer was, “Please bring me a saint who can bring to me my spouse, I want to meet my spouse.” And I hit the button and I got St Valentine of Rome! Wow! I will definitely be asking St Valentine’s intersession! God is good! NOw let’s see what this next year brings (even though it’s May)!

  154. Wilma

    I am so happy to have St Mark. St Mark’s is my Parish Church – his statue is above the door, and I love it that his symbol is the lion. I also love his Gospel for its direct simplicity, and find it comforting that he didn’t always manage to do the courageous thing, as when he turned back home on the journey with Paul and Silas.

  155. Dan

    Thanks for sharing!
    I said a little prayer that I would not use this tool in a superstitious sense, but merely wanted to be receptive to the Saint presented to me and open to their patronage in my life.
    The Saint I received was St. Vincent Ferrer, whose Feast Day is April 5 or in some places, April 6. Kind of cool, because my birthday is April 6 and I was under the impression that there were no “major Saints” whose feast day was celebrated on that day (define “major,” right?). I’ve heard of Vincent Ferrer, but do not know much about him. I look forward to getting to know him better.
    Oh, also, when I went back to share my experience in the comments of the friend’s Facebook post that shared this, one of her friends had commented that she was paired with St. Francis of Paola…MY patron saint. 🙂

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