Looking for a patron for your classroom? Consider one of these 10…or feel free to share yours!
By Barb Szyszkiewicz
Does your Catholic classroom have a patron saint? Here are 10 saints with a special connection to education.
St. Thomas Aquinas, a brilliant scholar, is one of many patron saints of students.
St. Catherine of Alexandria was famous for her debating skills and is a patron of students, teachers, and librarians.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, famously a struggling student, is the patron of students taking exams.
St. Gregory the Great, a patron of teachers, was a pope and writer who invented the calendar we use today as well as a form of church music that bears his name (Gregorian chant).
St. John Baptist de la Salle worked to improve schools and is a patron of teachers.
St. Gemma Galgani, a patron of students, is known for having been a conscientious student herself.
St. Albert the Great was one of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachers and is the patron of science students.
St. John Berchmans is a patron against gossip; he endeavored to say something nice about everyone.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga was so wise that by the age of 11 he was teaching catechism to other children. He is the patron of young students.
St. Thèrése of Lisieux, known for her “little way” of kindness toward others, struggled with social relationships in school and is an excellent patron for students.
You can find coloring pages for many Catholic saints at catholicplayground.com/saints-coloring-pages.
Learn more about these and many other saints at americancatholic.org/Features/Saints.
Barb Szyszkiewicz is a Secular Franciscan wife, mom, writer, musician, and school library volunteer from New Jersey. She is an editor at CatholicMom.com and has taught in Catholic schools at all levels from kindergarten through college.