Patron Saints of Healing

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No problem is too big or too small to bring to the Lord in prayer. He wants to bring you wholeness and healing, and He tenderly receives the prayers of the faithful and His holy saints.

From sore throats to cancer to mental illness, there’s a saint for that. 

These ten saints will pray for your healing from many common ailments. 

Saint Dymphna

Saint Dymphna was born in Ireland to a pagan father and devout Christian mother. Her father’s mental stability declined rapidly after her mother’s death and demanded that Dymphna marry him. 

Saint Dymphna fled to what is now Belgium where she started a hospital for the poor but was later discovered by her father who killed her. Because of her care for the sick and the events leading up to martyrdom, Dymphna is considered the patron saint of those suffering nervous and mental afflictions. 

The intercession of Saint Dymphna has brought comfort to people struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional distress. 

Saint Peregrine

Saint Peregrine, an Italian Servite priest, known for his ability as a confessor and his miraculous healing. 

When Peregrine became afflicted with cancer in the leg, amputation seemed to be the only solution; however, after spending the night before his surgery in prayer, the doctor found that Peregrine had been completely healed. For this reason, Saint Peregrine is a wonderful intercessor for people battling cancer.

Saint Maximillian Kolbe

Saint Maximillian Kolbe is arguably the most well-known saint to come out of the Nazi Concentration Camps. Kolbe, a Polish Francsican priest, became a martyr when imprisoned in Auschwitz. He courageously offered his life in place of another man sentenced to die by starvation. 

However, Kolbe didn’t die by starvation; rather, after 14 days without food or water, the SS guards killed him by lethal injection. 

Because of the process of his martyrdom, the Church entrusts him with those struggling with eating disorders and drug addiction.

Saint Lucy

Saint Lucy was an Early Christian Virgin and Martyr. She was persecuted for her faith and for dedicating her virginity to the Lord. Before her death, her eyes were plucked out but legend holds that her eyes were miraculously restored when her body was being prepared for burial. 

For centuries, people have turned to Saint Lucy for healing from blindness or other eye afflictions. 

Saint Agatha

Similarly to Saint Lucy, Saint Agatha is another Early Christian Virgin Martyr. Saint Agatha upheld her vow of virginity despite persecution, torture, and the threat of death. She endured each act against her with joy and trust in the Lord. 

Saint Agatha is the patroness for those suffering from breast cancer. 

Saint Blaise

The Church knows very little about Saint Blaise. It is believed that he worked as a physician before becoming a priest and bishop, where he continued his work of healing–both of the body and the soul. 

He is the patron saint of throat illnesses and on the feast of Saint Blaise, you can participate in a special blessing of the throats. 

Saint Teresa of Avila 

Saint Teresa of Avila, Carmelite mystic and one of the four female Doctors of the Church. For many years, Teresa experienced frequent and intense headaches and chronic migraines.  She offered up her suffering to God. 

Today, people who suffer headaches and migraines can ask Saint Teresa for prayers of healing. 

Saint Stanislaus Kostka

When Saint Stanislaus Kostka was 14 years old, he went to study with his brother at the Jesuit College in Vienna. His brother, spurred by jealousy, beat Stanislaus, breaking his bones. The Blessed Mother healed him and told him to become a Jesuit. 

The story about this holy young man is why many call upon Saint Stanislaus Kostka for healing when they’ve broken a bone. 

Saint Timothy

Saint Timothy was a disciple and close friend of St. Paul. He traveled with Paul spreading the Good News and was later martyred for his witness to the faith. 

During his travels, Timothy probably experienced regular bouts of illness for which Saint Paul recommends wine: “Stop drinking only water, but have a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent illnesses” (1 Tim 5:23). 

For this reason, the Church considers him the patron saint of stomach and intestinal disorders, so if you or someone you know suffers from a stomach ailment, call on Saint Timothy for prayers. 

Saint Luke

Before writing his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, Saint Luke was a physician so it is fitting that he serves as a patron to doctors and surgeons. 

If you are preparing for a major medical procedure or surgery of any kind, you can ask Saint Luke for the hands of those who will work to bring you healing. 

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  1. Please pray for my brother Anthony’s healing : emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. We need you Lord now, like never before. Amen.

  2. Thank you so much for this article! I had no idea that so many Saints intercede for us for so many different things. I’m bookmarking this page for future reference.