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Saints related to Patron-of-expectant-mothers

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  • St. Anne
    St. Anne, or Ann, is the mother of the Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus. She was married to St. Joachim and according to tradition, the holy couple was childless for many years, before they received the Blessed Virgin Mary in answer to their prayers.
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  • St. Anthony of Padua
    Wanting to join the Franciscan martyrs, St. Anthony left his native Portugal and set sail for Morocco, but his ship providentially wrecked off the coast of Italy. There St. Francis himself appointed St. Anthony to go preach. His preaching made him famous and he is still known for the astounding miracles her performed and the great conversions he brought about.
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  • St. Elizabeth of the Visitation
    The mother of St. John the Baptist, St. Elizabeth is best known from the gospel of Luke. After the Annunciation, she was visited by her cousin, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Filled with the Spirit, St. Elizabeth cried, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!"
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  • St. Gerard
    Born near Naples in 1726, St. Gerard Majella was a Redemptorist lay brother. He is also known as the patron saint of pregnant women. St. Gerard was once falsely accused of fathering the child of a pregnant woman; only much later was his good name cleared. After that, many miracles surrounding pregnancy were attributed to him.
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  • St. Joseph
    Most people recognize St. Joseph for his role in the Christmas story, as the husband of the Virgin Mary as well as the foster father of Jesus. Because of his blessed death, assisted by the Child Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph is the patron of a happy death.
    Typically shown as a robed and bearded man. Often shown with carpentry tools, a lily and the child Jesus.
  • St. Raymond
    St. Raymond was delivered by Caesarian in 1204. His mother died during the birth. St. Raymond joined the Order of Mercy and, following St. Peter Nolasco in Barcelona, was their chief ransomer for Christian hostages. After his money ran out, he gave himself in exchange for the prisoners, and endured many tortures. St. Peter Nolasco gave his ransom and upon his release, St. Raymond was made a Cardinal. He died the next year in 1240.
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