Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

November 14, 2008

Choosing A Patron Saint

In the spirit of the month of All Saints, help your students to increase their devotion to the saints by developing a relationship with a particular saint—a patron saint. This exercise will help them to choose a patron saint.


Exercise
Write your first and middle names here:_____.

Using a Catholic encyclopedia, or a book of saints, or an Internet site, list as many saints as you can find that share one of your names.

Write your birthday and the date of your Baptism here:___.

List those saints whose feast day is one of the dates written above.



List as many hobbies or regular activities as you can think of that are important to you here:_________.

Find out if there are patron saints for those hobbies or activities. List them here.


Now read the short biographies of the saints you have listed above, until you find a story that inspires you. Write that saint’s name here:
__
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Begin your research into this saint’s life by finding the following information:

Date and place of birth:

Lifelong Catholic or convert?:

Date and circumstance of death:

Best known for:

Virtues exhibited by this saint:

Temptations or struggles faced by this saint:

(This activity was taken from the Our Catholic Faith Teacher's Wraparound Edition.)

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