Friday, December 20, 2019
2020 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion

December 29th at 2:40 PM: The drawing is complete and the results are below. Merry Christmas! May all of the saints intercede for us! For anyone looking for a prayer to your saint, you may always use the Prayer to Venerate Any Saint. I have been selected by St. Bede the Venerable. May he intercede for me this year in a special way.

January 2nd at 1:00 PM: For any additional requests, I will be performing another drawing on the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. So please feel free to continue to add names in the comments box below.

January 6th at 12:30 PM: Thank you for all who have wished to participate in this devotion. The final drawing has taken place and the results are below. Please use this year to get to know your saint. Pray to him/her. Make some true Catholic resolutions for yourself for this year. Ask your saint to intercede for you so you can conquer any of your sinful inclinations and grow in grace. Have the strength to do what you need to do the most in your spiritual life. Avoid bad company. Keep the Commandments. Pray the Rosary daily. Observe the First Fridays and First Saturdays. Ask your saint to help you.  

I am very pleased to again be a facilitator for the Patron Saint of the Year Devotion.  I have been part of this annual tradition since 2006 and have helped coordinate devotions for hundreds of families.  It is my pleasure to now be part of the 2020 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion.

If you find this devotion helpful and would like to support A Catholic Life in the next year, please submit a donation.  Your donation is especially important since I am not currently working professionally aside from my writing/speaking/catechesis work so the donation is quite helpful to me and to this blog. This devotion takes a significant amount of time to facilitate as I cut hundreds of saints' names on paper to draw them, and I pull them out after a prayer for each and every name submitted in the comments box.

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You can read about the past devotions at the following posts:
Again, I would like to take a few minutes to explain the devotion.

When will the saints be drawn?  This year I will start the drawing of saints on December 27th. Drawings will occur as the Litany of Saints are again recited.  That means results will likely be posted in the late afternoon (US Central Time) on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

How do I enter?  Just add the names of everyone (you and your family) that you want to be included in the drawing in the comment box below.  DO NOT also email them to me. Emailed entries will not be accepted. Please leave all entries in the comment box to this post.

This year, saints will be posted here after the drawing is complete.

What is the Saint for the Year Devotion? Here is my post on this from years past to clarify the matter. This is from the person that draws all of the saints. I don't draw the saints. I will merely pass on your name or screen name to her so that she will draw a saint for you. Also, I will pass on the name of any of your family or friends that would like to participate. This isn't superstition. St. Faustina did the same thing!

Last year hundreds of people received saints to be their special patron, and there were miraculous connections. It was truly amazing. We pray that this year the Holy Ghost will again work so that all participants receive a saint that they will be able to pray to for aid throughout the entire year:
Saint for the Year
I want to tell you about the practice of picking a saint at random to be your “holy protector” for the year. Actually, the saint is the one who chooses us though. The tradition of letting a saint “pick you,” is not a new one. St. Faustina wrote about it in her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul. The excerpt is below.

“There is a custom among us of drawing by lot, on New Year's Day, special Patrons for ourselves for the whole year. In the morning during meditation, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn't read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: ‘I am your patron. Read.’ I looked at once at the inscription and read, ‘Patron for the Year 1935 - the  Most Blessed Eucharist.’ My heart leapt with joy, and I slipped quietly away from the sisters and went for a short visit before the Blessed Sacrament, where I poured out my heart. But Jesus sweetly admonished me that I should be at that moment together with the sisters. I went immediately in obedience to the rule.”Excerpt from Divine Mercy in My Soul, the Diary of St. Faustina"

I have a container full of names ... I will be glad to pick out the name for you and send you the name if you prefer. I am so excited by my saint(s) ... I already picked mine. Well, I should say that they picked me ... I have Saints Marcus and Marcellianus ... they are twin brothers who were sent to prison before their death. St. Sebastian visited them continually in prison and helped keep their faith alive. They are buried near St. Felix and are specifically honored in Spain.

OK now ... here are a couple of immediate ironies in regard to these saints ... I have a SPECIAL place in my heart for twins! As a child, I LOVED reading the story about St. Sebastian. I had a children's book of saints and I think I wore out the pages on St. Sebastian! Felix is my grandfather's name! Silvia, our exchange student, is from Spain! I am so excited to have these two saints to walk through 2006 with me! I'm looking forward as to where and how they will intercede for me.
Please pass this message on through your blogs and/or email distribution lists, letting all of the Catholic Blogsphere have the chance to participate.

So, please leave it below in the comment box when you ask to participate. If you wish to remain anonymous, please leave your initials instead of your name.  Anonymous requests without names or initials will NOT be part of the drawing.  Do not add the same request more than once.  If your comment is posted below, it will count.

NoteDO NOT email me your entries. Emailed entries will not be accepted.  Leave all submissions here in the comments box to this blog post.

So, comment below and pass this message on throughout the entire Catholic Blogsphere!

Results of the Drawing

Name Saint
Matthew Blessed Margaret Ebner
Anna St. Jerome
Maksim St. Anne
Eric Peters St. Francis de Sales
Fran T. St. Martha
Dorothy C Blessed James of Voragine
Cathleen W St. Clare
Harry T St. Richard of Vaucelles
Isabella T St. Salvius of Amiens
Diane St. John Bosco
K.J. Blessed Jane of Orvieto
Shannon  St. Berno of Cluny
Tina M. St. Austrebertha of Pavilly
Joe M. St. Anne
Rina M. Blessed Alponsus and Companions
John M. St. Kevoca of Kyle
Julie T. Pope St. Hyginus
Blake T. St. Gotteschalk
Bella T. St. Sebastian
Christine Mac Blessed James of Voragine
Robert Mac St. William of Aebelholt
Casey Mac St. Noel Chabanel
Colin Mac St. Emilie de Villeneuve
Grace M. St. Basil the Great
Ron Forrester St. Germana
Joan Forrester Pope St. Pius I
Ben Blessed Simon
Jeannie St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Felicity St. Sebastian of Aparicio
Sarah Blessed Basil Hopko
Veronica St. Charles Garnier
Joseph St. Berno of Cluny
Augustine St. William of Breteuil
Mark Angelo St. Vaast of Arras
LPA St. Rigobert of Rheims
TKH St. Padre Pio
CG St. Cecilia
Joey V St. Marie of the Incarnation
Laura L St. Peter Damien
LD St. Augustin Schoeffler
BN St. Rafael Guizar Valencia
AD Blessed Aimo
TD St. Bede the Venerable
GS St. Pretextatus
MS St. Anselm of Canterbury
IS St. Leudwinus
MC St. Apollinaris of Ravenna
Kathy Rossi St. John Chrysostom
IreneK St. Goswin
Olindo V St. Leudadd of Bardsey
Valerie V St. Helladius
Katie V St. Paulinus of Trier
Tim W St. Justin Martyr
Max D St. Andrew
Jimmy D Blessed Albert of Bergamo
Jeffrey D St. Gordian
Michael D Blessed James Salomonio
Francis D Pope St. Hyginus
Nicholas D St. Stanislaus Kostka
Dominic D Pope St. Martin I
Xavier D St. Benildus Romancon
Johnny D St. Henry II
Peter D Blessed Maria
Andrew D Blessed Basil Hopko
Jacob D St. Peter Faber
Griffin C Blessed Sibyllina
Elijah C St. Filippo Smaldone
Isaac C St. Bruno
Douglas T St. Sindeulphus
Mallory H The Martyrs of Constantinope (Feast 7/8)
Landyn H St. Agathangelus
Savanna H St. Julio Alvarez Mendoza
Susan M St. Leontius
Rich M Blessed John of Salerno
Greg M St. Martin of Tours
Fred M St. Jeanne-Marie de Maille
Chad M Blessed Stephen Bellesini
Douglas Blessed Villana
Michelle St. Polycarp
Shaun Blessed Raymond of Capua
Cristina St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Stephanie St. Norbert
Gianna St. Catherine Laboure
Leilani G. St. Chrysanthus
Dominic St. Paul of the Cross
Bryan St. George
Zachary St. Philip Benizi
Steven St. Peter Fourier
Linda St. Joachim
Michael St. Faustinus
jmr1979 St. Ennodius
Nathan B  St. Aventinus of Tours
Dominic B St. John of Parma
Josemaria St. John of God
Tony St. Tironensian Order
Haydee St. Romana of Capua
Mike Blessed John Dominic
Cherie St. Gracilian
Rolly Blessed Bezela of Goda
Boy St. Gaugericus
Mary Ann St. Anthony Zaccaria
Kristine St. Marcellus I
Andy St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi
Jenna S Blessed Jose Vega Riano
Anna BG Blessed Pier Giorgio
JL G St. Andeolus of Smyrna
Jaime L St. Noel Chabanel
Auliya G St. Ambrose
Julio L St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Roman L St. Marcellus I
Janine D St. Floribert of Liege
Kyle D St. Francis Borgia
Nicole H Pope St. Pius I
James Hargett Blessed Josefa Navval Girbes
Joanna Hargett St. Hilary of Poiters
Arwen Hargett St. Louise de Marillac
Christian Hargett Blessed Anthony della Chiesa
Cindy St. Anastasius
Dustin St. Judoc
Hailey St. William of Breteuil
Lila Blessed Crescencio Graacia Pobo
Elizabeth B. St. Edward the Confessor
Mckenna R. St. Chrysanthus
Baby R. St. Joseph of Leonissa
Sonny R. Pope St. Sixtus I
Levi R. St. Lawrence
Jeanne R. Saint Honoratus of Arles
Richard R. St. Bernardine of Siena
Katie M. Blessed Julia Rodzinska
Jana M. St. Vaast of Arras
Kenneth M. St. Julian the Hospitaller
Ramona R. St. Stephen of Mar Saba
Arnold R. St. Cosmas
Earlene R. St. Florentius of Carracedo
Francesca R. Blessed Bartholomew of Vincenza
Ehvalina R. Blessed Henry
Hollie S. St. Joan Antidea Thouret
Andres S. Blessed Giles
Lorenzo S. Blessed Dominic Spadafora
Andrew C. St. Romana of Capua
Helen Margaret Blessed Basil Hopko
Kevin B St. Wistremundus of Cordoba
IJ Blessed Ann of the Angles
Ryan St. Edward the Confessor
Jeremy St. Isidore of Alexandria
Debbie Blessed Gonsalvo
Elaine St. Francis de Sales
Fred St. Florian of Lorch
Sandy St. Mary Magdalene
Brandon St. Matthew the Apostle
Sydnie St. Edwin of Northumbria
Rachel St. John of Capistrano
Kalab St. Sebastian
Dick St. Cosmas
Trey St. Stephen
Kierra St. Peter Canisius
Dave St. Francis de Sales
Austin St. Isaac Jogues
Autumn Our Lady of Guadalupe
Abbie St. Albert of Sicily
Caelin St. Margaret of Hungary
Taiyler St. Dymphna
Robert St. John Bosco
Robin St. Nicholas of Tolentino
Brandon St. Damien of Molokai
Ally St. Ivo of Kermartin
Jocelyn St. Vladimir I of Kiev
Kasen St. Tillo
Hadley St. John of Parma
Eric St. Helena
Tim St. Lutgardis
Sue Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro
Liam St. Mary Clopas
Lincoln St. Hedwig
Lilly St. Basil the Great
Leah St. Leonidas of Alexandria
Debbie St. Pius V
Joe St. Teresa Margaret Redi
Thomas St. Sebastian
David St. Dorothy of Montau
Stephanie  St. Barnabas
Matt W St. Braulio of Saragossa
Jennie W St. Joachim
Diego PL. St. Peter the Apostle
Kelly St. Angela Merici
Emily St. Damian
Kyla St. Ferdinand III of Castille
Jay St. Mary Clopas
Sue St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Suzanne St. Leonard of Port Maurice
Josh St. Andre Bessette
Joe St. Raymond Nonnatus
Jen St. Teresa of Avila
John St. Paul Miki
Missy St. Clotilde
Joan St. Thomas the Apostle
Matt Bl. Anne Marie Taigi
Mason C St. Catherine of Siena
Alex M. Bl. Marie Rose Durocher
Melody R. St. Damien of Molokai
Elizabeth Lisa B. St. Benedict
Marian E. St. Gabriel the Archangel
James A. B. Bl. Margaret of Castello


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51 comment(s):

del_button December 8, 2019 at 2:45 PM
Anonymous said...


del_button December 8, 2019 at 4:42 PM
Eric Peters said...

Eric Peters

del_button December 8, 2019 at 7:27 PM
Unknown said...

I would like to participate:
Fran T.

del_button December 8, 2019 at 7:29 PM
Dorothy C said...

I would be very grateful to participate in the 2020 Patron Saint Devotion. Please include me!
Thank you,
Dorothy C

del_button December 8, 2019 at 8:15 PM
Cathleen said...

Please pick a saint for Cathleen W.
Thank you!

del_button December 8, 2019 at 8:20 PM
Katahdin said...

Harry Tucci
Isabella Tucci

del_button December 8, 2019 at 8:50 PM
dscribing said...


del_button December 8, 2019 at 10:31 PM
Tina M. said...

Thank you so much for the Patron Saint of the Year Devotion!

Tina M.
Joe M.
Rina M.
John M.

del_button December 9, 2019 at 8:36 AM
Unknown said...

Please include the following people. thank you for doing this.

Julie T.
Blake T.
Bella T.

del_button December 9, 2019 at 8:42 AM
Christine Mac said...

Thank you for all you do!!! Please have the saints choose for the following:

Christine Mac
Robert Mac
Casey Mac
Colin Mac
Grace M.

del_button December 9, 2019 at 8:47 AM
Christine Mac said...

Patron Saint, please pray for the healing of:
With gratitude!

Ron Forrester
Joan Forrester

del_button December 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Jeannie said...

The Ewing family:

Thank you!

del_button December 9, 2019 at 9:09 AM
Mark said...

I would like to participate - Mark Angelo

del_button December 9, 2019 at 9:52 AM
Friend said...

With much gratitude:


del_button December 9, 2019 at 10:01 AM
Anonymous said...

Please select a Patron Saint for Joey V. Thanks!

del_button December 9, 2019 at 10:06 AM
L. said...

Matthew, I would be so blessed to receive a Saint for the upcoming year, one who I can pray to and ask for help and strength in my daily life. Thank you so much for the wonderful evangelizing you do every year, and for this opportunity.
Blessings, Laura L.

del_button December 9, 2019 at 12:59 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you once again for running this devotion!


del_button December 9, 2019 at 1:07 PM
Anonymous said...

Yes, Please include me. Kathy Rossi. Thank you

del_button December 9, 2019 at 9:57 PM
Flikie said...

Please assign a saint for 2020 to IreneK

del_button December 9, 2019 at 10:40 PM
Unknown said...

Please have the saints choose a saint for us, Thank You and God Bless !
Olindo V
Valerie V
Katie V

del_button December 10, 2019 at 2:12 PM
Tim W said...

Please include the following people:
Tim W
Max D
Jimmy D
Jeffrey D
Michael D
Francis D
Nicholas D
Dominic D
Xavier D
Johnny D
Peter D
Andrew D
Jacob D
Griffin C
Elijah C
Isaac C
Douglas T

del_button December 11, 2019 at 11:53 AM
Tim W said...

Please add:
Mallory H
Landyn H
Savanna H

del_button December 11, 2019 at 8:32 PM
Susan M said...

Please choose saints for our family:

Susan M
Rich M
Greg M
Fred M
Chad M

Thanks and God Bless-

del_button December 12, 2019 at 8:05 AM
Unknown said...

The Nesmith Family:
Leilani G.

del_button December 12, 2019 at 1:30 PM
John R. said...


del_button December 15, 2019 at 5:37 PM
Tim W said...

Please add:
Nathan B
Dominic B

del_button December 16, 2019 at 6:58 PM
Josemaria Paulo Jeromino Martin Carvalho-Von Verster said...

Please include My Name together with Tony,Haydee,Mike,Cherie,Rolly,Boy,Mary Ann,Kristine and Andy

del_button December 17, 2019 at 7:05 PM
Anonymous said...

Jenna S

del_button December 19, 2019 at 4:11 PM
Anna B. said...

Anna BG
Jaime L
Auliya G
Julio L
Roman L

Thank you!

del_button December 19, 2019 at 9:18 PM
Anonymous said...

Janine D
Kyle D

Thank you so much!

del_button December 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Tim W said...

Please also choose one for Nicole H

del_button December 21, 2019 at 2:25 AM
Mrs. Hargett said...

James Hargett
Joanna Hargett
Arwen Hargett
Christian Hargett

del_button December 21, 2019 at 8:14 AM
JMJ said...

Thank you so very much, and may God bless you.
Please chose a Saint for Cindy, Dustin, Hailey and Lila.

del_button December 26, 2019 at 1:56 AM
EB said...

Thank you so much for doing this for all of us. Please add my family to the list and please ask the Saints to choose us. God bless you and your family. May this year bring you many blessings.

Elizabeth B.
Mckenna R.
Baby R.
Sonny R.
Levi R.
Jeanne R.
Richard R.
Katie M.
Jana M.
Kenneth M.
Ramona R.
Arnold R.
Earlene R.
Francesca R.
Ehvalina R.
Hollie S.
Andres S.
Lorenzo S.
Andrew C.

del_button December 26, 2019 at 10:15 PM
Helen Margaret said...

Thanks so much Matthew for doing this again
My name is Helen Margaret and I would like a patron saint for 2020

del_button December 26, 2019 at 11:56 PM
EB said...

Will you please also draw a saint for

Kevin B

Thank you,


del_button December 27, 2019 at 5:42 PM
Anonymous said...

If this is too late I apologize and would understand if you couldn't add another person. I am a student growing in the faith and just stumbled upon this blog today after learning about how people draw patron saints for the new year to grow in faith with the help of. I have been working my way through reading Saint Faustina's notebooks, and remember the practice being spoken of in her writing as you referenced.

If it was possible to draw a saint for IJ,I would very much appreciate it.

Wishing you many blessings this new year, and I'll remember to come back next year whether or not is is possible this one!

del_button December 29, 2019 at 12:51 PM
Dm said...


Thank you

del_button December 29, 2019 at 7:32 PM
Anonymous said...

Please include us in the 2020 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion:
Debbie, Joe, Thomas, David and Stephanie
Thank you and God bless you!

del_button January 2, 2020 at 7:12 AM
Josemaria Paulo Jeromino Martin Carvalho-Von Verster said...

Excuse Me. Why was My name not included in the list as I Requested? Thank You!

del_button January 2, 2020 at 3:10 PM
Matthew said...

I have done a special drawing just for you.

You have been chosen by St. John of God.

God bless

del_button January 2, 2020 at 3:19 PM
Josemaria Paulo Jeromino Martin Carvalho-Von Verster said...


Thank You very much. I hope such delay will not happen again next year. I remain profusely grateful for such devotion as this.

del_button January 2, 2020 at 4:39 PM
Anonymous said...

Please include:
Matt W
Jennie W

Thank you.

del_button January 3, 2020 at 12:02 PM
Diego PL. said...

Hi Matthew,

Please include me in the next drawing, on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th).

I wish you a very blessed and happy New Year 2020.

Diego PL.

del_button January 3, 2020 at 8:16 PM
Jay said...

Thanks for the extension Matthew!!! (also, thank you for doing this, it is a lot of work) You are in my prayers!!


del_button January 4, 2020 at 11:36 PM
Tim W said...

Please include Mason C. Thank you.

del_button January 5, 2020 at 12:48 PM
Tim W said...

One final request. Please include Alex M. Thank you.

del_button January 5, 2020 at 1:44 PM
EB said...

Please choose one for:

Melody R.

Thank you. EB

del_button January 5, 2020 at 5:28 PM
Anonymous said...

Dear Matthew,
I thought my message went thru but I don't see it here...
Thank you again! Please include me and my mom and my brother in the Epiphany drawing:
Elizabeth Lisa B.
Marian E.
James A. B.

del_button December 17, 2020 at 4:44 PM
terrydavid said...


del_button January 8, 2022 at 3:08 PM
O A said...

I just found this today and just missed it by a few days.

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