St. Brigid, the patron of dairy workers, once gave away an entire pail of milk to help a poor person. She was concerned her pagan father would be angry about the missing milk, so she asked God to help. According to legend, how did He intervene?
Brigid specifically asked the Lord to refill the pail with milk. Allegedly, that's what happened. Her pagan father was none the wiser.
The Roman martyr St. Genesius was killed during the Diocletian persecution. What led to his martyrdom and resulted in making him the patron saint of actors?
Genesius was playing a Christian convert who was about to be baptized, realized he believed it, and while still on stage, confronted Diocletian (who was in the audience) for persecuting Christians.
In the 14th century, St. Rocco nursed plague victims and ended up catching the disease himself. He became the patron of dogs because a friendly canine helped nurse him back to health. How?
After getting sick, Rocco secluded himself in a nearby forest to keep from infecting anyone. He intended to die alone, but the dog kept bringing him bread. Eventually Rocco recovered.
St. Joseph of Cupertino is patron of two categories of people that are rarely considered together. What are they?
Joseph of Cupertino was known for miraculous feats of levitation during mass, but he also had a reputation for being... not very intelligent. He couldn't read or write and was often found wandering about in a daze. So: airline pilots and the mentally handicapped.
The patronage of physicians is shared by two brothers, Sts. Cosmas and Damian. To what do they owe their connection with medicine?
The brothers were renowned for their early surgical skills, which included once removing a white man's leg only to graft on the leg of a newly deceased black man. They were also famous for refusing payment for their services.
In the 11th century, it was said that chains would break apart at the very mention of the name of St. Bernard of Noblac, a famed Frankish convert. As a result of this legend, of what group did he eventually become patron?
Bernard spent much of his post-conversion life attempting to secure the freedom of prisoners, whose chains would (allegedly) break lose at the utterance of his name.
St. Nicholas of Tolentino, the patron saint of vegetarians, refused to eat meat out of personal penance. What miracle did he perform when he was mistakenly served roasted chicken?
He blessed the bird, which was miraculously restored to life. In what must have been a dramatic scene, the bird flew out the window (allegedly). In an alternate legend, the saint transformed the chicken into a plate of vegetables.
The patron saint of ugly people is St. Drogo, who suffered a physical deformity while on a pilgrimage. Drogo's appearance horrified his neighbors, so what did he do to shield them from his hideousness?
Drogo walled himself into a permanent cell. His only contact with the outside world was through a small slit which allowed the passage of food and water. Drogo lived for the next 40 years in total seclusion.
A former Roman general. St. Eustace converted when he saw a vision of Christ in the antlers of a stag he was hunting. What patronage did he receive as a result?
Though the vision prevented him from actually killing the stag, St. Eustace is—perhaps ironically—considered the patron saint of hunters.
St. Isidore the Farmer is the patron saint of farmers, appropriately enough. Which miraculous farming-related event is he known for?
While Isidore was laboring on a farm near Madrid, an employer once saw him plowing next to an angelic team of heavenly oxen. Which is apparently how he remained so productive.
St. George is famously known for exhibiting bravery, chivalry, and derring-do while slaying a ferocious dragon and rescuing a princess. What patronage does he boast as a result?
George's prolific exploits earned him multiple patronages, including those of horses, knights, and the Boy Scouts of America. For what it's worth, he's also the patron saint of archers, chivalry, equestrians, saddlemakers, sheep, shepherds, and soldiers.
St. Ambrose, the patron saint of beekeepers, is connected to this occupation because a swarm of bees descended upon him as a baby. What happened next?
The bees did not sting him but instead left behind a solitary drop of honey, which was widely considered to have been a prophetic symbol of the influential preacher he was to become.
St. Erasmus was martyred when his persecutors ripped open his stomach using hot iron hooks. What patronage is he known for today?
Erasmus is the patron saint of those experiencing abdominal pains and other intestinal ailments, including colicky children and women in labor.
St. Alexander the Charcoal-Burner is the patron saint of colliers, or charcoal burners. What led to his having spent his life in that ancient profession?
According to legend, Alexander was a good-looking guy, so the third-century bishop and martyr picked a job that he could, um, really disappear into.
St. Fiacre is the patron of what humorous occupation-and-malady combination?
The 7th-century Irish saint built a hotel-like hospice for travelers, eventually earning him the cab drivers patronage. He was also known as a healer due to his knowledge of herbal remedies, which led to the hemorrhoid patronage. The cabbie/hemorrhoid connection is merely a happy coincidence.