Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a form of spiritual protection attributed to Mary, mother of Jesus, in favor of some occupations, activities, religious orders, congregations, dioceses, and geographic locations.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Occupations and activitiesEdit

Virgin Mary, venerated as the patron saint of bicyclists, near Leintz-Gatzaga in the Basque Country

The Blessed Virgin is cited as the patroness of all humanity. However, certain occupations and activities are more closely associated with her protection.

Dioceses claiming Mary as patronessEdit


A large number of countries, places and groups claim the Blessed Virgin Mary as a patroness, though usually under a specific title or apparition while only a select few retains its patronage by Pontifical decree from Rome.



Statue of Our Lady of Lebanon or Notre Dame du Liban
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Our Lady Help of Christians
Our Lady of Westminster

The AmericasEdit

Virgen de la Providencia in the Cathedral of San Juan


Central AmericaEdit

North AmericaEdit

South AmericaEdit

Australia / OceaniaEdit


Outer spaceEdit

Religious groupsEdit

See alsoEdit


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