Patron saints of places

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The idea of assigning a patron saint to a certain locality harks back to the ancient tutelary deities. This is a list of patron saints of places by nation, region, and town/city. If a place is not listed here, it may be listed in "Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary."


Patron saints by regions
Continent Patron saint Notes
Asia Francis Xavier
Africa Moses the Black Dauphin Island


The Americas The Mary, mother of Jesus (as Our Lady of Guadalupe[1][2])
Innocent of Alaska
Isaac Jogues and companions
Herman of Alaska
Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow
Raphael of Brooklyn
Saint Rosa (Santa Rosa) is the Patroness Saint of the Americas[4]
Europe Benedict of Nursia,[5][6]
Saints Cyril and Methodius,[7][8]
Bridget of Sweden,[5]
Catherine of Siena,[5]
Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)[5]
Benedict of Nursia is the main Patron Saint,[9] the others are considered co-patrons.[10]

Beorhthelm of Stafford, formally Bethnei, circa early 6th Century[11]

Oceania Peter Chanel[12]


Region Patron saint
Anatolia John the Apostle
Australasia The Virgin Mary (as Mary Help of Christians[13])
Central Africa The Immaculate Heart of Mary[14]
North Africa (Libya, Tunisia) Cyprian[14]
Scandinavia Ansgar[5]
South America Rose of Lima,[5]
West Indies Gertrude the Great
Pope Gregory I


Country Patron saint
 Albania The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Good Counsel[5])
 Algeria Cyprian of Carthage[15]
 Andorra The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Meritxell)
 Angola The Immaculate Heart of Mary[5][15]
 Argentina The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Luján[5])
Francis Solanus
Blessed Laura Vicuña
Martin of Tours
 Armenia Gregory the Illuminator,[5]
Bartholomew the Apostle
Jude the Apostle
Mesrop Mashtots
 Australia The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady, Help of Christians)[13]
Mary of the Cross MacKillop[13]
 Austria Joseph[15]
Colman of Stockerau[16]
Leopold the Good
Severinus of Noricum
Vergilius of Salzburg
 Barbados Andrew[17]
 Belarus Cyril of Turov
Euphrosyne of Polotsk[18]
 Belgium Joseph[5]
 Bolivia The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Candelaria,[5] of Copacabana[5] and of Mount Carmel[19])
 Brazil The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Aparecida[5][19] and of the Immaculate Conception[5])
Peter of Alcantara[5]
Anthony of Padua
 Brittany Anne
Ivo of Kermartin
Seven Founder Saints (Corentin of Cornwall, Tudwal of Landreger, Pol-Aorelian of Leon, Padarn of Gwened, Samson of Dol, Brioc, and Malo[20]
 Bulgaria Cyril and Methodius
John of Rila
 Canada Anne[5]
Jean de Brébeuf
the North American Martyrs[1]
 Chile The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Mount Carmel)[5]
James the Greater[5]
Teresa of Los Andes
 China The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Sheshan)
Francis Xavier
 Colombia The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá)
Louis Bertrand[5]
Peter Claver[5]
Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena[5]
 Costa Rica The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Angels)
 Croatia Jerome
Cyril and Methodius
 Cuba The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Charity[5])
 Cyprus Barnabas[21]
Marina the Martyr
 Czech Republic Adalbert of Prague
John of Nepomuk
Cyril and Methodius
 Democratic Republic of Congo The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception[22])
 Denmark Ansgar[5]
Canute IV[5]
 Dominican Republic The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Altagracia)
 Ecuador The Sacred Heart of Jesus[5]
The Immaculate Heart of Mary[23]
Mary Anne de Paredes (Spanish: Mariana de Paredes y Flores)
 England George

(previously Edward, Edmund the Martyr and Gregory the Great until replaced around 1348 when the Order of the Garter was founded by King Edward III with George as its patron)

 Egypt Mark the Evangelist[23]
 El Salvador The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Peace[5])
 Equatorial Guinea The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception[5])

The Transfiguration of Jesus (Known as the Divine Savior Of The World)

 Ethiopia Frumentius
 Finland Henry of Uppsala[5]
 France The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Assumption[5])
Martin of Tours
Louis IX
Joan of Arc[5]
Thérèse de Lisieux[5]
 Georgia George[5]
 Germany Adalbert of Magdeburg
Bruno of Cologne
Peter Canisius
Kilian of Würzburg
Michael the Archangel[5]
 Greece The Virgin Mary (as Panagia)
Nicholas of Myra
Paul the Apostle[25]
 Guam The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Camarin)
 Guatemala James the Greater[25]
 Haiti The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Perpetual Succor[25])
 Honduras The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Suyapa[25])
 Hong Kong The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)[26]
 Hungary The Virgin Mary
Adalbert of Prague
Emeric of Hungary (Hungarian: Imre)
Gerard Sagredo
Stephen of Hungary[5]
Elizabeth of Hungary
 Iceland Ansgar[28]
Thorlac Thorhallsson[5]
 India Thomas the Apostle ( Saint Thomas[5])
Virgin Mary as the Lady of Assumption
Francis Xavier[28]
 Indonesia Thomas
Francis Xavier
 Iran Maruthas
 Ireland Patrick
Brigid of Kildare[29]
 Italy Catherine of Siena[5]
Francis of Assisi[5]
 Japan Peter Baptist,[5]
Francis Xavier
 Jordan John the Baptist[28]
 Korea, South The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)
 Lebanon The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Lebanon)
 Lesotho The Immaculate Heart of Mary[5][23]
 Lithuania Casimir[30]
Cunigunde of Luxemburg[5]
John of Dukla
John of Kanty
Kinga of Poland
 Luxembourg Cunigunde of Luxemburg[2][5]
 Macau The Virgin Mary (as the Immaculate Conception)
John the Baptist
Francis Xavier
Catherine of Siena
 Macedonia Clement of Ohrid
Cyril and Methodius
 Madagascar Vincent de Paul
 Malta The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Assumption)[5]
Paul the Apostle[5]
Agatha of Sicily
Pius V
 Mexico The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Guadalupe[5])
Philip of Jesus
 Moldova George
 Monaco Devota[32]
 Netherlands Plechelm
 New Caledonia The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Assumption[12])
 New Zealand The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Assumption[5])
 Nicaragua James the Greater[12]
 Nigeria Patrick[12]
 Norway Olaf II (Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae)[5]
Magnus of Orkney[12]
 Pakistan Francis Xavier[33]
 State of Palestine The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady, Queen of Palestine)
 Papua New Guinea Michael the Archangel
 Paraguay The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Luján[33])
Martin of Tours[5]
 Peru Rose of Lima
Turibius of Mogroveio
 Philippines The Virgin Mary (as the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Perpetual Help[5][33] and her Immaculate Heart[5])
Lorenzo Ruíz
Pedro Calungsod
Rose of Lima
 Poland The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Częstochowa)[5]
Kinga of Poland[5]
Adalbert of Prague[34]
John of Kanty
Stanislaus of Cracow[5]
 Portugal The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Fátima and as the Immaculate Conception)[5]
Anthony of Padua[5]
John de Brito
James the Greater
 Puerto Rico The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Providence)
John the Baptist
 Romania John of Suceava
Andrew the Apostle
Nicetas of Remesiana
 Russia The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady the Sovereign)[35]
Alexander Nevsky
Andrew the Apostle[36]
Basil the Great[37]
Thérèse de Lisieux[5]
Vladimir I of Kiev
 Rwanda Christ the King
 San Marino Marinus
Nicholas of Myra[5][37]
 Scotland Andrew
 Serbia Saint Sava[38][39]
 Slovakia The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Sorrows)[5]
Cyril and Methodius
 Slovenia Joseph
Cyril and Methodius
 Solomon Islands Michael the Archangel[40]
 South Africa Martin of Tours[5]
 Spain The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)[40]
James the Greater (Spanish: Santiago)
Teresa of Ávila[5]
 Sri Lanka Lawrence[5]
Joseph Vaz
Thomas the Apostle
Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Lanka and Our Lady of Madhu
 Sudan Josephine Bakhita
 Sweden Brigit[41]
Eric IX[5]
Sigfrid of Sweden
  Switzerland Gall
Nicholas of Flue[42]
 Syria Barbara
 Tanzania The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception[41])
 Turkey John the Apostle[43]
 Ukraine Josaphat[44]
Vladimir I of Kiev
 Uruguay The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Thirty-Three[45])
James the Less
Philip the Apostle[46]
 United States The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception[41])
 Venezuela The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of Coromoto[41])
 Vietnam Joseph
 Wales David

Former states


Country Province Patron saint
 Upper Austria Florian
 Styria Joseph
 Carinthia Joseph
 Belgium  Hainaut Waltrude[51]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina  Republic of Srpska Stephen
 Acre Mary (as Our Lady of Immaculate Conception)
 Alagoas Mary (as Our Lady of Joy)
 Amapá Joseph
 Amazonas Mary (as Our Lady of Immaculate Conception)
 Bahia Mary (as Our Lady of Immaculate Conception)
 Ceará Joseph
 Distrito Federal John Bosco
 Espírito Santo Holy Spirit
 Goiás Anne
 Maranhão Saint Joseph (as Saint Joseph of Ribamar)
 Mato Grosso Jesus Christ (as Our Lord, the Good Jesus)
 Mato Grosso do Sul Mary, as Our Lady of the Abbey
 Minas Gerais Mary (as Our Lady of Piety)
 Pará Mary (as Our Lady of Nazareth)
 Paraíba Mary (as Our Lady of Snows)
 Paraná Mary (as Our Lady of Rocio)
 Pernambuco Mary (as Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
 Piauí Mary (as Our Lady of Victory)
 Rio de Janeiro Sebastian
 Rio Grande do Norte Blessed Martyrs of Cunhaú and Uruaçu
 Rio Grande do Sul Peter
 Rondônia Mary (as Our Lady of Nazareth)
 Roraima Mary (as Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
 Santa Catarina Catherine of Alexandria
 São Paulo Paul
 Sergipe Mary (as Our Lady of Immaculate Conception)
 Tocantins Mary (as Our Lady of Nativity)
 Canada  Newfoundland and Labrador John the Baptist
 Nova Scotia Ninian
 Quebec Anne
John the Baptist
 Croatia Dalmatia Blaise
 Czech Republic  Bohemia Wenceslas, Ludmila, Vitus, Adalbert of Prague, Procopius, Sigismund of Burgundy, Norbert of Xanten, Joseph,[5] John of Nepomuk
 Moravia Cyril and Methodius,[5] Wenceslas
 France  Alsace Odile of Alsace
 Auvergne Gerald Aurillac
 Brittany Dedicated: Anna, Ivo of Kermartin; Seven Founders: Corentin of Cornwall, Tudwal of Landreger, Pol-Aorelian of Leon, Padarn of Gwened, Samson of Dol, Brioc, Malo.[20]
 Corsica Julia of Corsica, Devota, Alexander Sauli
 Île-de-France (Paris) Denis, Genevieve
 Lorraine Saint Nicholas, Joan of Arc
 Germany  Bavaria St. Mary Patroness of Bavaria (feast on May 1), St. Rupert and St. Emmeram (Bavaria proper), St. Kilian and St. Sebaldus (Franconia) and St. Hedwig of Andechs
 Saxony Willehad of Bremen
 Greece Chios Markella
Crete Saint Titus
Corfu Spyridon
Euboea Paraskevi of Rome
Laconia Nikon the Metanoeite
Rhodes Phanourios
Tinos Pelagia
Zakynthos Dionysios of Zakynthos
 Indonesia Borneo Francis Xavier
 Italy Cremona Homobonus
Sicily Andrew Avellino, Nicholas of Myra, Rosalia
 Lebanon North Lebanon Awtel
South Lebanon Christina of Bolsena
 Mexico Chihuahua Our Lady of La Soledad de Parral
Veracruz Rafael Guizar y Valencia
 Philippines Bicol Mary (as Our Lady of Peñafrancia)
Cagayan Mary (as Our Lady of Piat)
Western Visayas Mary (as Our Lady of Candelaria)
 Russia Kaliningrad Oblast Adalbert of Prague
 Serbia Vojvodina Cyril and Methodius
 Spain  Aragon Agathoclia, Braulio, George
 Andalusia John of Avila
Castile Emilian of Cogolla
 Canary Islands Mary (as Our Lady of Candelaria)
 Catalonia George, Virgin of Montserrat
 Euskadi Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Prudence
 Galicia James the Greater,[5]
 United Kingdom  England George,[5] Edmund the Martyr, Edward the Confessor, Michael the Archangel[23]
Berkshire Birinus
Cornwall Piran, Michael the Archangel, Petroc
Devon Petroc, Nechtan
Dorset Wite
East Anglia Edmund the Martyr; Suffolk
Essex Cedd
The English Fens Guthlac
Herefordshire Dubricius
Kent Augustine of Canterbury
London Saint Paul
Mercia Chad of Mercia, Bertelin,[52] Alban
Northumbria Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Oswald
Sussex Richard of Chichester, Wilfrid
Wessex Aldhelm, Swithun
West Riding of Yorkshire Wilfrid
Wiltshire Osmund
 Scotland Andrew the Apostle,[36] Margaret of Scotland, Columba,[5][28] Palladius
Barra Finbarr
Eigg Donnán
Galloway Ninian
Lennox Kessog
Orkney Islands Magnus
 Wales David of Wales[41] (Welsh: Dewi Sant)
Ergyng Dubricius (Dyfrig)
Wrexham Richard Gwyn
 Gibraltar (territory) Bernard of Clairvaux,[53] Mary (as Our Lady of Europe)
(sovereign dependency)
Samson of Dol
 Isle of Man
(sovereign dependency)
(sovereign dependency)

Cities and towns

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United Kingdom

United States

Archdioceses and dioceses

See also


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  2. 1 2 Walsh, p. 13.
  3. 1 2 Saint Joseph
  4. "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Rose of Lima". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
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  15. 1 2 3 4 5 Walsh, p. 4.
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  20. 1 2 List of religious figures of Brittany#The Seven Founder Saints of Brittany
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  22. 1 2 Walsh, p. 22.
  23. 1 2 3 4 Walsh, p. 9.
  24. 1 2 3 Walsh, p. 8.
  25. 1 2 3 4 Walsh, p. 11.
  27. Holweck, p. 256.
  28. 1 2 3 4 Walsh, p. 12.
  29. Holweck, p. 171.
  30. 1 2 Holweck, p. 182.
  31. Walsh, p. 14.
  32. Holweck, p. 273.
  33. 1 2 3 4 Walsh, p. 16.
  34. Walsh, p. 17.
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  40. 1 2 Walsh, p. 19.
  41. 1 2 3 4 5 Bunson, p. 215.
  42. Walsh, p. 20.
  43. Catholic Saints
  44. Saint Josaphat Kuncevyc
  45. Virgin of the Thirty-Three, proclaimed patron saint of Uruguay by Pope John XXIII (Spanish)
  46. 1 2 Walsh, p. 21.
  47. John Van Antwerp Fine (January 2007). The Bosnian Church: Its Place in State and Society from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century. Saqi. ISBN 978-0-86356-503-8. This would also explain how St Gregory came to be the patron saint of Bosnia in 1461 (AB, p. 244). Thus we conclude that at least some Bosnians celebrated a family saint, the slava, and also some, like the Sankovici, honored the saints, ...
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  49. The Fortnightly. 93-99. Chapman and Hall. 1913. From one and all their offers met with savage refusal, the answer given by Peter Petrovic, ancestor of King Nikolas, and to-day- Patron Saint of Montenegro, is typical of the spirit of the Crnagora : to the offer of a gift of territory and a Turkish title ...
  50. Dennis Cove; Ian Westwell (January 2002). History of World War I. Marshall Cavendish. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-7614-7231-5. ... was scheduled for June 28. This was a significant date for both Princip and the archduke. It was the day of St. Vitus, the patron saint of Serbia,
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  52. Patron saint of Stafford, formerly Bethnei, circa early 6th century, Prince of Mercia, Anglo Saxon follower of Christ, Holy man. See earlier notes Church of Saint Bertelin Stafford
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