Saints

Roman Catholicism venerates saints. Slaves preserved their religion by syncretizing African gods with Catholic saints.

La Virgen de Chiquinquirá is the patron saint of Colombia

Thursday, July 9, 2020
CHIQUINQUIRÁ, Colombia ~ This Virgin Mary, the patron saint of Colombia received her Canonical Coronation on July 9, 1919

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the patron saint of Haiti

Saturday, June 27, 2020
HAITI ~ She is known for miracles preventing cholera and smallpox in Haiti in 1882

Celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro 2019, patron saint of Naples

September 12-22, 2019
Italian street fair celebration
LITTLE ITALY, NYC ~ Food, entertainment, Cannoli-Eating Competition, Meatball-Eating Contest, Grand Procession, Solemn High Mass. Tourists and new New Yorkers love it.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Friday, October 4, 2019
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Celebrate the feast of the patron saint of animals and the environment

St Jude Thaddeus is the patron saint of lost causes

Monday, October 28, 2019
Catholic saint
The apostle St Jude is said to be less busy and therefore eager to help in difficult situations

Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians

November 22
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Said to have heard heavenly music in her heart, she represents the idea of divine inspiration

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

DECEMBER 8 (2019, Sun) ~ The idea that the Virgin Mary was born free of sin teaches that the divinity of women and men is equal

Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Nuestra señora de Guadalupe

DECEMBER 12 ~ Like many of us, the patron saint of Mexico is mixed race. She is the icon of Mexican identity, a blend of Indigenous, European and African people and culture. We look to faith for hope and comfort. Our Lady of Guadalupe helps us see the divine in all of us.

Our Lady of Candelaria, patron saint of the Canary Islands

FEBRUARY 2 (2020, Sun) ~ Spanish Canary Island Marion patron saint. The patron saint of the African archipelago is a Black Madonna.

Valentine’s Day 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020
Celebration
This popular celebration honors a Roman saint who got associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages

Celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph, Latin Father’s Day

MARCH 19 (2020, Thu); Catholic feast celebration ~ Latin Father’s Day honors Saint Joseph for being a good father and stepfather. Love you Dad.

Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of Lisbon, Brazil and lost things

Friday, June 13, 2020
Portuguese saint
The patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal; Padua, Italy and lost things also helps couples reconcile


The veneration of saints may seem silly, but it offers the embrace of many different elements of divine and human character. It’s impossible to rationalize what happens when you pray to a saint and your prayers come true. How do you explain that?