Patron saints are people who following extraordinary circumstances, were canonized by the Church and are nowadays recognized as saints. Other important characters, however, are recognized as saints even if they weren’t canonized officially. Such is the case with most prophets from the Old Testament who for one reason or another, are not actually seen as saints by the Church.
This being said, many saints are seen as Patrons of certain places, illnesses, or people by followers of the faith who attribute certain characteristics or events to divine intervention from these saints, who in their view, have taken it upon themselves to protect them. Here are the ten most unusual patron saints throughout history.
9Saint Gertrude of Nivelles – Patron saint of the fear of mice
St. Gertrude is the patron saint of suriphobia, which is the fear of mice. As a young woman, St. Gertrude became devoted to religious life from a very early age, turning down noble marriages to pursue her divine calling. During her life, Saint Gertrude was known for her hospitality to pilgrims and for her kindness towards Irish missionary monks. She also gave land to Saint Foillan, land on which he built the monastery of Fosses.