Saints related to Patron of Nurses
5 Patron Saints for Nurses
When the question arises, “Who is the patron saint of nurses?” St. Agatha of Sicily is the best answer. But there are four more patrons for nurses and caregivers to those who are ill. Consider the following saints who are also connected as patrons of nurses.
St Agatha – An early Christian martyr, St. Agatha is known as the patron of nurses for her vision of St. Peter coming to her aid and nursing the wounds she received from being tortured. She is also the patron of those with breast cancer [view St Agatha Items]
St Camillus – As a young man St. Camillus understood illness and suffering by being both a patient and servant in a hospital for incurables. After becoming a priest, he founded a religious order to serve prisoners, those with plague and those dying in private homes. [view St Camillus Items]
Other Patrons of Nurses
St Catherine of Siena – From a young age St. Catherine of Siena experienced visions of Jesus. She eventually joined the Dominican order at age 16. Her primary work was ministering to the ill in hospitals with a particular devotion to care of patients with leprosy and advanced cancer. [view St. Catherine of Siena Items]
St John of God – St. John is a 15th century man who acted on his feelings no matter the consequences. His life story is a wide ranging romp including sheep herding, and mercenary work before he turned his life to caring for the indigent, unwanted and infirm. [view St. John of God Items]
Raphael the Archangel – With a name that translates as “God heals”, Raphael is one of three archangels mentioned by name in scripture. Raphael is attributed to be the “angel of the Lord” in John Chapter 5 who stirs the healing waters of the pool of Bethsaida. [view St. Raphael Items]
Learn More About the Lives of the Saints who are Patrons to Nurses
You can learn more about the life stories of each saint by clicking on their tile below.
St. Agatha was a second century woman born in Sicily. Agatha in embracing chastity and rejected the advances from men angered a Roman Judge. When Agatha rejected his advances she was humiliated, im…
St. Camillus de Lellis was born in Bocchianico, Italy. In his youth, he was a soldier and fought with the Venetian army against the Turks. Eventually St. Camillus experienced a conversion, and ove…
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Catherine was born in Italy in 1347. Although she had no formal education, she became the adviser to princes and popes, even admonishing the pope to return the papacy to Rome. Because of her…
St. John of God
For many years before his conversion, St. John of God was a soldier by profession and led a dissolute life. After hearing St. John of Avila preached, he decided to devote his life to helping the th…
St. Raphael the Archangel
St Raphael is one of the three Archangels mentioned in Sacred Scripture, along with Gabriel and Michael. His best known appearance is in the Old Testament book of Tobit. During this book, he does s…
Patron Saint Medals For Nurses
St. Agatha Nurse Medals
St. Camillus Medals
Saintly Qualities Called for in Nursing
Those in the nursing field show many qualities demonstrated by these saints.
Service – Nurses have a job that is built around the needs of other. Success as a nurse comes in no small measure out of a desire to serve others and make a difference.
Compassion – The best nurses have a soft but strong heart. They are possess compassion for those who suffer and the strength to not let the pain and suffering they experience diminish them to turn them cynical or cold. The saints for nursing, through their embrace of the way of Christ know how to care and feel compassion for the sick.
Persistence – Agatha suffered torture and great trials at the hands of those in authority. No matter what happened she remained true to her commitments. Paperwork, difficult supervisors and administrators often discourage those in nursing. Reach for the strength of St. Agatha, to stay the course and pursue your calling of care for patients.