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With Finals Looming…Who Is the Patron Saint of Studying?

Mike Hayes Answers:

I can offer three that would be good to pray with:

1) St. Thomas Aquinas — the official patron of scholars and a doctor of the church. His great work, the Summa Theologica, might just be something you’re studying in fact.

2) Blessed John Newman is not yet a saint but is on the way to being one. He was very active in the intellectual life and set up centers for discussion so as to merge Catholics with intellectual conversation at universities as it was often misconstrued that to be Catholic is to be anti-intellectual. Campus Ministry Centers across the United States often bear his name. Read The Idea of a University sometime.

3) An obvious one is St. Ignatius of Loyola who founded the Jesuits whose charism is education. Many Jesuit universities exist in the United States and elsewhere including Georgetown, Boston College, Fordham, and Loyola Marymount.

If you’re really desperate, you just might want to try St. Jude. He is the patron saint of hopeless cases and has been known to dig a few people out of a jam.

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  • Nicholas

    I would suggest St. Augustine and St. Jerome. There was definitely some divine intellectual abilities within those two.

  • Alison Jacobs

    As a Brit, I’d have to suggest St. Bede, a true polymath. He did everything from biblical commentaries to tide tables so accurate they were used for 400 years. And according to what was written about him at the time, he was a really nice bloke and enthusiastic teacher. The double monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow he belonged to is currently seeking World Heritage Site status.

  • DA

    Why not pray & talk DIRECTLY to the Master of the universe….God…Jesus??? Ya know you can do that, don’t you? It’s so great that we don’t have to go to a gate-keeper or any other “advocate” but Jesus HIMSELF! I’m thankful that I don’t have to appeal to mere men who were forgiven sinners for God’s attention and inclined ear.

    • George Tony Sandoval

      True . But this is probably why u r not Catholic nor Espicopalean… And even we are taught to request of God and descend these saints upon us. They are like angels / helpers sent for specific tasks. We are obviously theologically different is the answer to your ” why ” is my point.

  • Darwin

    I also suggest St. Anthony of Padua, he is not only good in finding lost articles… he is good in finding the right answers…just be sure those who seek the saints’ help also do their part.

  • Daniel

    Thanks, MIke for informing us about the patron saint of studying. This question came just in the nick of time… final exams at my university are this week (last final on Thursday, Dec. 15th).

  • Stephen Taylor

    :-) Studying might be a good idea along with intercession. You can be sure St. Thomas Aquinas did his homework.

  • Mark

    Elizabeth you beat me to it. Here is the prayer:
    “O Great St. Joseph Cupertino, who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew. Obtain for me a like favor in the examination for which I am preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked through Christ Jesus our Lord.

    I think he was probably too humble to go for the last part, and I conclude with the line from my Logic Professor, “If you haven’t studied, don’t expect the Holy Spirit to come down and help you.”

  • Elizabeth

    Don’t forget St. Joseph Cupertino. He struggled with studies, but his final exam (miraculously?) consisted of the only question he knew the answer to. Angela Merici and Thomas More would be good, too.

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