Pick a Saint for 2013


One of the best decisions I made at the start of each of the last two years was to align myself with a particular saint. In 2011, I chose two: St. Therese of Lisieux and Bl. Pier-Giorgio Frassati. Both died when they were just 24, the same age I was at the time. And both had a very down-to-earth spirituality. Throughout the year I read several books on them, regularly asked for their intercession, and developed deep spiritual friendships that I still call upon today.

For 2012, I chose my favorite writer, C.S. Lewis. He’s not canonized, since he never formally became Catholic, but he’s a saint in my book. He lived with remarkable charity and devotion, and he served the Lord with all his mind and will. A year later, I’m still reading through his letters, diary entries, and corpus, so I plan to stick with him again this year.

If you’d like to choose your own saint for 2013, Jen Fulwiler developed the Saint’s Name Generator just for you. Now’s the perfect time to run the program and find your own companion. Here are the details:

I used some of my holiday free time to create a little program that will choose a saint’s name at random. (Yes, writing code is how I relax. Yes, I am a hopeless nerd.)
Why would you want to choose a saint’s name at random?
I got the idea from the “saint for the year” devotion, where people have a patron saint for the new year chosen for them at random (usually by a priest or religious, who prays over each choice). I’ve had saints chosen for me this way before, and it’s always been a great experience. In 2007 St. Maximilian Kolbe was picked as my patron for the year. I wasn’t familiar with him before that, but his life ended up inspiring me tremendously all throughout the year, and I still ask him for prayers for all sorts of matters. He’s become one of my favorite saints.
I thought this might be a fun little tool for anyone else looking to select a saint at random to be a patron for a particular cause or time period. If nothing else, you might get to “meet” some new holy men and women. I had so much fun working on this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Start the Saint’s Name Generator.

PS. I’d love to hear which saint you get, so be sure to leave a comment and let me know!

  • Misspittypat

    St. Martin de Tours!
    Thanks so much, this is terrific!

  • Judithboggs2

    St. Patrick …… appropriate for several reason! Thank you, Holy Spirit!

  • Vicky

    I got St Vincent Ferrer patron saint of construction and pavement workers. I am an engineer that does highway design how appropiate.

  • Betty

    St. Elizabeth of Portugal. Interesting choice since my name is Elizabeth. I know about Elizabeth of Hungary but not of Portugal so I’m eager to learn and adopt her.

  • Fredrik

    Saint Andrew Avellino, never heard of him. Let’s see why I got him

  • Chris

    Saint John Ogilvie. I’ve never heard of him, but he is significant. I have developed an interested of martyrs of the U.K.

    • Adrian G

      Hi I’m from Glasgow, Scotland, and every Catholic here knows him. Glasgow Cross where he died can still be seen today. As well as reading about him on Wikipedia you should have a read about the remarkable cure of John Fagan in 1976 that lead to his canonisation. He was right on the brink of death.

  • Ellen

    I got John the Apostle and smiled a huge smile. I think the first chapter of his Gospel is the most sublime passage in the Bible.

  • Amy

    I got two Scottish saints out of the Saint’s Name Generator: Aelred of Rievaulx and John Ogilvie.

  • Stephanie

    Saint Dymphna

  • LizEst

    The generator gave me St. Maximilian Kolbe.

  • Padrejfx

    I took this idea one step further and decided to choose a saint for each month. Here is my list:

    Jan.-St. Helena (cool, this was the first parish I was assigned too. I guess she took a liking to me. HA!)
    Feb.: St. Bernadette (I love Lourdes!!!)
    March: St. Agnes of Rome (Roman martyr and named in the Roman Canon, Euch. Prayer I)
    April: St. Acca (???…but, cool anyway. I’m sure there’s a reason)
    May: St. Agnes of Rome, again!
    June: Bl. Anne of St. Bartholomew (now there’s a mouthful…Carmelite and secretary for St. Teresa of Avila. And I’m going to Avila next month!)
    July: St. Claude de la Colombiere (another mouthful…Frenchman, “dry” martyr)
    Aug.: St. Philip Neri (my paternal and maternal family practically bulit this parish in the Bronx, NY. And I was baptzieed there as well. Really amazing!!!)
    Sept.: St. Marguerite Bouregeous (beats me, but there’s a reason, I’m sure)
    Oct: St. Leo the Great!!! (Now that’s awesome for my birthday month. Very cool.)
    Nov.: St. Andre Kim Taegon (Korean Martyr. Very cool indeed)
    Dec.: St. Joan of Arc. (GREAT!!!!)

    Most of them are French. Oui, Oui!

    My priestly blessings to all of you in the New Year. Saints of God, Pray for us!

    Fr. John Palatucci

  • richard

    I got St. Anne!

  • I got St. Leo the great and I don’t know a thing about him. I’m going to have to do some research. Do you know anything about him?

  • Jeannepergande

    St. Philomena was my pick. Interesting as the lady who always sits next to me at daily Mass is named Philomena.

  • Julie D.

    St. Vladimir was generated for me, but your post made me realize that J.R.R. Tolkien already had stepped in.

  • Camilla

    St. Martin de Porres

  • Asia

    St John Neumann, Feast day January 5. I’ m looking forward to learning about him.

    Thank you for being a nerd! God bless you.

  • Beth in TN

    St. Matthias, which seems providential, as I am a seamstress and he is patron saint of tailors. Also happened to be my grandfather’s middle name. Cool!

  • Sarah

    St. Isadore of Seville

  • Steph C

    St. Jane of Valois!

  • James Oldenburg

    Brandon, What an awesome idea! I gave your Saint generator a try, after a prayer, I hit the button, and St. Mother Katharine Drexel was sent to me!! A wonderful Saint who was the foundress of The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. She used her personal family fortune to finance more than 60 missions and schools for Native Americans and colored people. Also was a founder of Xavier University of Louisiana. She was canonized by our beloved Blessed Pope John Paul II, Her Feast day is March 3rd Saint Mother Katharine Drexel pray for us !

  • OK – and one more: St. Vladimir of Kiev (July 15): Hhhaaa! no doubt! A real bad-ash and patron saint of bad boys and the reformed!

  • Believe it or not: St. Valentine of Rome! (Feast day celebrated on Feb. 14th.)

  • Teresa

    Brandon, I received St John de Brito – a new saint for me!
    Excited to see what this amazing martyr has to show me in 2013.
    Thank you for this idea!

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  • Christine R

    St. Margaret Clitherow ..Nice to meet you: Feast: March 26 Patronage: Businesswomen; Converts; Martyrs. How fun and I think inspired:)

  • Tom Dickinson

    Great suggestion, Brandon. I opted for 2, and I got St. Jan Sarkander and St. Agnes of Rome. Both are martyrs, many centuries apart.

  • I got St. Martha, and I am just laughing right now!

  • roughplacesplain

    Last year the Saints Name Generator gave me Bl. Titus Brandsma. After reading of his imprisonment and death in a Nazi concentration camp, I wondered exactly what the year had in store for me! As it turned out, 2012 unfolded with some powerful confirmation of his importance in my life.

    According to the Generator, my 2013 saint is St. John Bosco. Again, I’m not sure why, but I look forward to getting to “know” the founder of the Salesians.

    – nancyo

  • Christi

    John Henry Newman. Interesting! Last year St. John Bosco picked me.

  • Joachim

    hey Brandon, St. Conrad of Piacenza