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Gary Alloway wrote:

Hi guys,

I was baptized into the Catholic Church in 2006. I found out, not to long ago, that I should have been given the name of a patron saint.

  • I feel that I missed out; is there anything I can do?


  { When I was baptized I wasn't given the name of a patron saint. What can I do? }

Richard replied:

Hi, Gary!

Congratulations, and welcome aboard!

Feel free to adopt any patron saint you like. There's no procedure involved.

If you took one or more saints' names at Baptism, Confirmation, or both, those are good candidates.

God bless--

--Richard Aquinas Chonak (baptized 1980)

Mike replied:

Hi Gary,

Just out of curiosity I looked up the name "Gary" on and got this:

3. a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “spear bearer.”

Maybe a patron with a warrior-like name like St. Mark would be a good choice. As Richard said, it's your choice! Just pray over it and ask the Lord to assist you in choosing a good Patron.

One of the Early Church Fathers would be a great choice! like Justin Martyr or Ignatius of Antioch.

Hope this helps,


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