27 Dec 2010

Saint for the Year

A common tradition across many houses of religious is the tradition of each member of the community getting an annual patron saint; something which has become also very popular among catholic bloggers. Now one of the experts on patron saints for the strange and wonderful is Sr Mary-Martha over at Ask Sr Mary Martha, a real knowledgeable guide to our celestial friends.

Well over at Conversion Diary, Jennifer Fulwiler has come up with a nifty little web-thingy (for those of us who are web illiterate) which randomly generates a Saints name for you:

"Why would you want to choose a saint’s name at random?

I got the idea from the “saint for the year” devotion, where people have a patron saint for the new year chosen for them at random (usually by a priest or religious, who prays over each choice). I’ve had saints chosen for me this way before, and it’s always been a great experience. E.g. In 2007 St. Maximilian Kolbe was picked as my patron for the year. I wasn’t familiar with him before that, but his life ended up inspiring me tremendously all throughout the year, and I still ask him for prayers for all sorts of matters. He’s become one of my favorite saints.

I thought this might be a fun little tool for anyone else looking to select a saint at random to be a patron for a particular cause or time period. If nothing else, you might get to “meet” some new holy men and women. I had so much fun working on this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!"

Check it out and let us know what saint you get!


  1. For purposes of full disclosure I should add I got St Josemaria Escriva - founder of Opus Dei

  2. I got St. Catherine of Siena, one of my favourite women saints!

  3. i got Agnes of Rome (chastity, engaged couples, gardners etc) .... decided to choose again and got St Jude (hopeless cases!). Am keeping Agnes, thanks!! ;-)

  4. I got St Joseph of Cupertino who I prayed to 45 years ago to help me with exams - which he did. I look forward to meeting him again this year

    Ann - Ireland

  5. I got St Matthew the Apostle. This year we read his Gospel. I Hope To HEAR him.
    Happy New Year everyone

  6. I got St Raymond Nonnatus - patron of padlocks and discretion!!!! Should be interesting to see what guidance he provides during the year.


    I got St John of Parma - patronage a bit unknown but former Minister-General of the Franciscans who defended them against the University of Paris at the Sorbonne.