The biggest topic worldwide is undoubtedly the Wuhan Flu, most commonly known as the Coronavirus. With so many tweets, email, news stories, and information being thrown at us, many of us have either began to feel overwhelmed and thus, irritated) or have proceeded to begin to panic. But, before you let either emotion get the best of you, I want to offer you an alternative.
We Catholics have a secret weapon that is often overlooked by other Christian denominations, religions, and the secular world – the communion of saints. There is a saint for just about every single thing you can think of. Suffer from test anxiety? Call on St. Joseph of Cupertino. Are panic and anxiety attacks getting the better of you (especially in this situation)? St. Dymphna is your heavenly friend. Of course, that means that there is a plethora of saints you can call on during this difficult time.
While the list is very long (95 saints, blessed, and venerables in total!), it is broken down into 7 distinct categories: patron saints against plagues, of hospital workers, of hospitals, of doctors, of nurses, of public health in general, of sick people, and against anxiety.
Whether you are anxious about the situation, want to do more by praying for the sick and those working in hospitals (e.g. doctors and nurses), we’ve got you covered! You can peruse the list and see which names stick out for you. I’ve also listed their feast days* – many of which are coming up in March, April, and May – in case you want to start novenas for them.
Now, without further ado, here’s your list of 85 saints, 8 blesseds, 1 venerable, and 1 special title of Mother of God to get you started.
Patrons against plagues
St. Adrian of Nicomedia, March 4th.
St. Casimir of Poland, March 4th.
St. Catald of Taranto, May 10th.
St. Charalampias, February 10th.
St. Colman of Stockerau, July 17th.
St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, March 20th.
St. Edmund of East Anglia, November 20th.
St. Erhard of Regensburg, January 8th. (Also patron of hospitals.)
St. Eucharius of Trier, December 8th.
St. Exuperantius of Cingoli, January 24th.
St. Felix of Nantes, January 6th.
St. Frances of Rome, March 9th.
St. Francis of Paola, April 2nd.
St. Francis Xavier, December 3rd.
St. Gerald of Mayo, March 13th.
St. Gerlac of Valkenburg, January 5th.
St. George, April 23rd.
St. Genevieve, January 3rd.
Pope St. Gregory the Great, September 9th (primary) and March 12th.
St. Guarinus of Sion, August 27th.
St. Jodocus, December 13th. (Also patron of hospitals.)
St. John Francis Regis, December 31st.
St. Macarius of Antioch, April 10th.
St. Reinhold of Cologne, January 7th.
St. Remigius of Rheims, January 13th.
St. Roch, August 16th.
St. Saturninus of Toulouse, November 29th.
St. Sebastian, January 20th.
St. Valentine of Passau, January 7th.
St. Valentine of Rome, February 14th.
St. Walburga, February 25th and May 1st.
Patrons of hospital workers
St. Camillus of Lellis, July 14th. (Also patron of hospitals, nurses, and sick people.)
St. John of God, March 8th. (Also patron of hospitals, nurses, and sick people.)
St. Jude Thaddeus, October 28th. (Also patron of hospitals and impossible causes.)St. Vincent de Paul, September 27th. (Also patron of hospitals.)
Patrons of hospitals
St. Armagillus of Brittany, August 16th.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, November 17th.
St. Gertrude of Nivelles, March 17th. (Also patroness of sick people.)
Patrons of doctors
St. Cosmas, September 26th.
St. Damian, September 26th.
St. Joseph (Giuseppe) Moscati, November 16th and April 12th.
St. Luke the Evangelist, October 18th.
St. Pantaleon, July 27th.
St. Raphael the Archangel, September 29th. (Also patron of nurses and sick people.)
Patrons of nurses
St. Agatha of Sicily, February 5th.
St. Alexius of Rome, July 17th.
St. Catherine of Alexandria, November 25th.
St. Catherine of Siena, April 29th. (Also patron of sick people.)
St. Margaret of Antioch, July 20th.
Patron of public health
St. Martin de Porres, November 3rd.
Patrons of sick people
Blessed Alphais of Cudot, November 3rd.
St. Alphonsa of India, July 28th.
St. Angela Merici, January 27th.
Blessed Angela Truszkowska, October 10th.
St. Arthelais, March 3rd.
St. Bathilde, January 30th.
St. Bernadette of Lourdes, April 16th.
St. Catherine del Ricci, February 2nd.
St. Drogo, April 16th.
Venerable Edel Quinn, December 15th.
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, November 8th.
Blessed Gerard of Villamagna, May 13th.
St. Germaine Cousin, June 15th.
St. Gorgonia, December 9th.
Blessed Hemma of Gurk, June 29th.
St. Hilary of Poitiers, January 13th.
St. Hugh of Lincoln, November 17th.
Blessed Isabella of France, February 22nd.
St. Jacinta Marto, February 20th.
St. Julia Billiart, April 8th.
St. Julia Falconieri, June 19th.
St. Juliana of Nicomedia, February 16th.
St. Louis IX, August 25th.
St. Louise de Marillac, March 15th.
St. Lydwina of Schiedam, April 14th.
Blessed Maria Bagnesi, May 28th.
Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu, April 23rd.
St. Maria Mazzarello, May 14th.
Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, October 6th.
St. Mary Ann de Paredes, May 26th.
St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, May 25th.
St. Michael the Archangel, September 29th.
Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11th.
St. Paula Frassinetti, June 11th.
St. Peregrine Laziosi, May 1st.
St. Philomena, August 11th. (Also patroness of impossible causes.)
St. Rafka Al-Rayes, March 23rd.
St. Romula, July 23rd.
St. Syncletica, January 5th.
St. Teresa of Avila, October 15th.
St. Teresa of the Andes, April 12th.
St. Therese of Lisieux, October 1st.
Patrons against anxiety
St. Dymphna, May 30th and May 15th.
St. Rita of Cascia, May 22nd. (Also patroness of impossible causes.)
Remember St. Pio of Pietrelcina’s famous motto, “Pray, hope and don’t worry.” While it may not be the easiest thing for some of us not to worry, remember that God is always in control. Get yourself to confession as often as you can. Pray and offer up the hiccups you experience in the day for those who are suffering.
If you find yourself immediately affected by this virus – whether directly or someone you know, don’t forget to call upon the saints. There are a few blesseds and a venerable who are in need of miracles to be canonized!
* = feast days are according to the general calendar. Traditional and specific feast days in various religious orders vary.
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