It is surprising to discover different saints that are associated with food. Now, it is time to get to know the patron saints of cheesemakers that will make us more addicted to cheese!
Many of us love to infuse cheese into everything we eat. Way back in the ancient days, cheese was also among the food that was consumed daily. The Roman Ritual, a liturgical work of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, indicates the blessing for cheese and other food such as butter, seeds, salt, oats, and beer. (Read: What is the Spiritual Significance of Bread?)
There are more reasons to love cheese, one of them is the existence of the patron saints of cheesemakers!
Patron saint of cheesemakers: St. Uguzo of Carvagna
St. Uguzo, also known as St. Lucio is a shepherd in the mountains of Carvagna in the Italian Alps. According to ancient history, he is depicted in a shepherd’s clothes and is holding a round cheese and a knife, which he is about to cut. It is also believed that he was a cheesemaker who used to produce ricotta and gave the leftovers to the poor. With that, he became the patron saint of cheesemakers, dairymen, and herdsmen. The saint also became popular in cities such as Milan, Bergamo, Brescia, Lodi, Codogno, Piacenza and Parma. His feast day is celebrated on July 12.
Patron saint of cheesemakers: St. Bartholomew the Apostle
Some of you may not be that familiar to this saint as he had been identified as Nathanael or Nathaniel who appears in the Gospel of John when introduced to Jesus by Philip. St. Bartholomew the Apostle is remembered in the Church of England and honored by the Armenian Apostolic Church along with Saint Thaddeus. His martyrdom was associated with salt, oil, and cheese merchants, making him the patron saint of cheesemakers, plasterers, tailors, leatherworkers, bookbinders, farmers, house painters, butchers, and glove makers. (Read: Want To Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle? Let St. Fiacre Guide You!)
Patron saint of cheesemakers: St. Brigid of Kildare
St. Brigid is popularly recognized as the patron saint of beer. But lately, she is also considered among the patron saints of cheesemakers for being a servant in a pagan Irishman’s dairy farm during the 5th century. She used to make and serve cheese. St. Brigid is known for her charity works as she helped the poor and women. She was an Irish Christian nun, abbess, and foundress of several monasteries of nuns, including Kildare in Ireland. (Read: Get to Know These 5 Patron Saints of Beer)