St. Patrick is known for evangelizing Ireland. Since most saints I hear of are also characterized as "the Patron Saint of X", I wondered what Patrick was the Patron of. According to the wikipedia article, he is a Patron Saint of Ireland along with two others.
I was expecting a position or social class. Like carpenters, miners, loggers, etc. So now I have this question. What things can a saint be a patron of?
So it seems there are patron saints for trade positions and nations.
Are there Patron Saints to:
- Emotional types of people - e.g. hot-tempered, passive, patient, generous etc.
- Benignly physically characterized people - e.g. blonde, green-eyed, tall, etc.
- Morbidly physically characterized people - e.g. hospitalized, murdered, disfigured, etc.
- Human journeys - Suffering, oppression, conquering, etc.
- Types of status - e.g. wealthy, poor, leader, surf, etc.
- Types of relationships - e.g. sisters, brothers, fathers, etc.
- Animals or kinds of animals.
- Inanimate things - e.g. candles, cake, ice cream, etc.
- Earthly things - e.g. dirt, rocks, wind, rain, sunshine, the moon, stars, etc.
- Characterized things - e.g. made of specific materials, lost, stolen, etc.
- Holy things - e.g. relics, priestly possessions, etc.
- Events - e.g. birthdays, death days, graduations, etc.
- Holidays - e.g. Christmas, Easter, Lent, etc.
- Others I haven't thought of.
I did find this page, which helps a bit. I see places, occupations, illnesses and their caregivers, activities (e.g. baptism) and animals. Is there some sort of logical categories that saints can be patrons of and categories that they cannot be patrons of?