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Praying for guidance is typically the first step to choosing a patron saint for a Catholic confirmation. In addition, you can research various saints and consider the ones you share an affinity with.


The American Catholic website furnishes a list of the canonized saints of the Roman Catholic church, organizing them alphabetically. The list of saints is navigated from the American Catholic main Webpage by clicking on the "Saints by Name" link under the Saints heading.


The patron saint of hope, or of lost causes, according to Catholic theology is St. Jude Thaddeus, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus. He is called the patron saint of hope due to the fact that in his epistle he urges believers to endure harsh and desperate circumstances.


Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of music. A second century Roman woman, Cecilia is designated the patron saint of music because she heard heavenly music when she was married.


The patron saint of animals is Saint Francis of Assisi of Italy. He is also recognized as the patron saint of ecologists, as declared by Pope John Paul II in 1979.


The patron saint of the sick is Saint Michael the Archangel. Unlike the majority of saints, Saint Michael was never a living human; he is a biblical angel who appears in a vision to Daniel and leads the heavenly forces to the final victory over evil in the Book of Revelation.


Some of the most important saints for the Catholic Church are Mary, St. Joseph, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Catherine of Sienna. These saints filled a wide range of roles in Christian history, from that of being the mother of Jesus to being great theologians.


Saint Christopher is the patron saint of strength. His saint's day is observed on July 25. He began life as a Canaanite man named Reprobus.


Italy has two patron saints: Catherine of Siena and Francis of Assisi. The former is known for influencing the return of the papacy from Avignon to Rome, while the latter is the patron saint of animals.


The Christian patron saint of basketball players and other athletes is Saint Sebastian. He is venerated in the Catholic and Orthodox churches. His feast day is Jan. 20 for the former and Dec. 18 for the latter.