When we’re faced with obstacles and life challenges, more often than not we would call on the Lord for help. But at times, we Catholics would also seek intercession from a patron saint who deals with the kind of problem that we have.
For example, if our pet gets sick, we would pray to St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. (Read: Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi for Beloved Animals) Or if we have an upcoming sports competition, we would call on the patron saint of athletes, St. Sebastian. (Read: 5 Saints to Call on for Health-Related Problems)
This instinctual behavior of Catholics praying to the patron saints to seek their intercession is because we often associate saints with helping out in times of our trouble. But that isn’t necessarily the case for all. Unlike most patron saints who are linked to guiding people through their struggle, some saints are actually the patrons of different kinds of food!
Yes, you read that right—some patron saints are actually associated with meals and beverages! So to help you know more about them, My Pope lists some of the patron saints of food!
Patron Saint of Pastries: St. Philip Neri
St. Philip Neri, an Italian priest from the 16th century, is known as the Second Apostle of Rome—after St. Peter—and the patron saint of pastries. (Read: 4 Fun Facts About Chocolate Chip Cookies)
He began to be associated with pastries when he asked a cardinal for advice for his spiritual children. However, instead of giving words of wisdom to the saint, the cardinal gave him a cake. St. Philip then shared it with those who were with him at that time. That’s when he became the patron saint of pastries and pastry chefs.
Patron Saint of Coffee: St. Drogo of Sebourg
St. Drogo of Sebourg, more commonly known as St. Drogo, is known as the patron saint of shepherds as he is one himself, dedicating his life to the work for 40 years. However, he is not only the patron saint of shepherds, as he is also the patron saint of coffee! (Read: Three DIY coffee drinks you can make aside from Dalgona)
The title was given to him because he would multitask, especially on Sundays. It is said that St. Drogo could “bilocate,” meaning he would tend to the fields and also go to Mass on Sundays, which is definitely tiring. That’s the reason why the saint had become associated with coffee—because it keeps us up even if we’re tired!
Patron Saint of Bacon: St. Anthony the Abbott
St. Anthony the Abbott or Antony the Great was a Christian monk from Egypt. He is known as the Father of All Monks as he was one of the earliest Desert Fathers and considered as the founder of Christian monasticism.
But aside from this, St. Anthony of Egypt is also known as the patron saint of bacon! This is because he is often depicted in pictures almost always with a drawing of a pig. So now, he is associated with bacon and butchers.
Patron Saint of Bread: St. Elizabeth of Hungary
St. Elizabeth of Hungary is known to be a charitable woman when she was still living. In fact, she is considered as the patroness of the Third Order of St. Francis because of her charitableness as St. Francis championed the value of charity work. This is why St. Elizabeth is also called the patron saint of bread (and bakers to an extent) because she would often be depicted in drawings giving the poor some bread as alms. (Read: ‘No-knead bread’ is all the rage these days—and we fully get why!)
Patron Saint of Cookies: St. Hildegard
St. Hildegard was a Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, and even a polymath of the High Middle Ages. She was also known as a mystic and claimed that she had visions of God telling her to build a new monastery. But apart from her long list of titles, St. Hildegard is also known as the patron saint of cookies. That’s because she would often give nutritional advice to people and provide them a recipe for “Cookies of Joy.”