Here is a list of well known and some not so well known saints. Each one is a link which will take you to a description of that saint, and a short history and explanation of why their sainthood came about. Where a saint has a 'day' (St Georges Day for example) the date is shown. There are many prominent people who have not been 'canonised' (which is recognised as saints), some more deserving, perhaps, than those who are. See our Directory of Ancient & Modern Christian Leaders for these people.
Click one of these links to go to saints beginning with the letter:-
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A Briton who went to France as a hermit. Became Abbott. (AD unknown)
Born in Connaught, Ireland. Later
worked at St David's monastery in Wales. (AD 626)
Martyred by sword at 13 years old for her faith,
after refusing to marry a wealthy suitor.(AD 304)
St Andrew Patron Saint of Scotland. St Andrews Day: November 30th
St Ambrose Bishop of Milan (AD 397)
Roman soldier, a pagan who
sheltered a fleeing priest by wearing his cloak. He was converted by
this and was executed still wearing the cloak. The Roman town of Verulanium became known as St Alban's
Hertfordshire UK after the church built in his name. (AD 209)
Bishop and Abbott, English Scholar and King's
advisor. Bishop of Sherborne (Dorset, England) (AD 709)
St Alexander Archbishop of Alexandria (AD 328)
Anne Reputed to
be the mother of Mary and therefore Grandmother to Jesus.
One of the
martyrs of Auvergn, France in reign of Emperor Valerian (AD 265)
St Anthony (The Great)
Archbishop of Canterbury (AD 1109)
St Athanasius Archbishop of Alexandria (AD 373)
Archbishop of Canterbury (circa AD 604)
The daughter of Brychan of Wales.
Confessor and follower of St Newman of Cornwall, England. (AD 6th Cent.
Princess who was cured of blindness by a priest. Became nun at
Hainault, Essex, England and later Abbess. (AD unknown)
Archbishop of Vienne, France. Founded
Romans Abbey in AD 837. (AD 841).
St Barnabas Patriach of Yugoslavia
Caesarea in Cappadocia (AD 379)
St Bernard (AD 1153)
St Birgitta (AD1373)
Apostle of Germany and Archbishop of Mainz (AD 755)
St Cadoc Welsh Abbot (circa AD570)
St Edmund Campion
Martyr at Carthage, Egypt. Possibly Ethiopian,
possibly Coptic. (AD 259)
St John Cassian (circa AD 435)
St Catherine of Siena (AD 1380)
St Christopher Patron Saint of those journeying
St Chrysostom Bishop of Constantinople
A Norse saint
Bishop of Rome
(circa AD 100)
Female Franciscan tertiary
who reformed the Poor Clares (France), one group adopting the name 'Colettes' in respect. (AD 1807)
Missionary from Ireland who brought Christianity to
west coast of Scotland.
Bishop of Carthage (AD 258)
Archbishop of Alexandria (AD 444)
St Cyril of Jerusalem (AD386)
Patron Saint of Wales. St Davids
Day: March 1st.
(AD 988) A Farrier. The
devil asked to have horeshoes fitted. Dunstan made it so painful, the
devil leaves all doors with a horeshoe hung alone.
Metalworker who became a Bishop. Patron saint of Farriers and
REME (Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers) of the British Army.
Another name for St Eligius
St Paul Florensky
St Francis of Assissi (AD 1226) famed for his caring of living things
St Francis of Sales Evangelist and preacher
St Francis Page
(AD 1602) Jesuit martyr. Born in Belgium, to a protestant family.
Became catholic priest. Imprisoned & martyred for this in England.
Benedictine abbot. Evangelist who worked in Rhine Valley, Germany. (AD
Famed for slaying the dragon. St Georges Day: April 23rd.
Abbot, selected by the pope to reform parts of the church in Spain (AD
German virgin who became Abbess of Helfa. (AD1302)
A wealthy Greek who turned to prayer and solitude in France.
St Gregory of Nazianzum Bishop of Constantinople (AD 389)
St Gregory of Nyssa (circa AD 396)
St Gregory The Great Pope. (AD 604)
of Poitiers (AD 368)
Bishop of Antioch (circa AD
Bishop of Lyons (circa AD 202)
Jacob of Nisibis aka
James 1st bishop of Nisibis. Part of the Council of Nicaea. Of the
Syriac church & seminary at Nisibis. (AD 338)
Archbishop of Canterbury (AD 792)
Disciple of Jesus. Apostle. Epistle writer.
Jesuit. Took Catholic Christian missions to North American Indians (AD
Scholar. Creator of the St Jerome
Disciple of Jesus. Apostle.
Gospel Writer and author of Revelation and others.
St John of Damascus (circa AD 752)
Egyptian monk. Gardener & hermit. (4th Cent.)
of Mary Mother of Jesus. Therefore Guardian (foster father) of Jesus.
St Joseph of Arimathaea
OT figure who served Moses by direct order from God
(therefore a saint). See Book of Joshua. Date unknown.
Titular saint of part of
Cornwall, England. (AD Unknown)
Martyr of Sardinia. Died
Cagliari. (AD 130)
(AD 167) Martyr.
St Katherine Cree
St Katherine of Genoa
Irish virgin of Tipperary,
Ireland. (AD 680).
St Kieran (the younger)
Abbott of Clonmacnois, the Irish seat of learning on
the banks of the river Shannon. (AD unknown).
Founded a monastery at
Glendalough, Ireland (AD unknown).
St Laurence O Toole Archbishop of Dublin (12th Cent)
Pope Leo I (AD 461)
Patroness of good eyesight.
of Jesus. Apostle. Gospel Writer and author of Book of Acts. Historian
Grandmother of St Basil (approx AD270)
Disciple of Jesus. Apostle.
St Martin of Tours
Soldier who turned
himself to Christ, later founding a Monastery. Became 'Apostle of Gaul'.
Mary Mother of Jesus. Holy
Mother. Blessed Virgin.
St Mary Magdelene Associate of Jesus and his disciples.
Disciple of Jesus. Apostle. Gospel writer.
Bishop of Antioch (AD 381)
Patron of Angels.
Mother of St Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.
Father Christmas! Bishop of Myra
Benedictine monk who founded
monastery at Anglesey, Wales after rejecting his Pictish warrior days.
Called by God on the Damascus Road. Epistle writer. (circa AD 66)
Patron Saint of Ireland. Apostle of Ireland and
Archbishop of Armagh (AD 461). St Patricks Day: March 17th
Jesus. Apostle. Reputed to be the first Pope. (circa AD 65)
Disciple of Jesus.
Apostle. Born in Bethsaida, Gallilee. (circa AD 70)
Pio of Petralcina
20th century monk said to
have carried the wounds of Christ
155) Student of St John the Gospel Writer. Became Bishop of Smyrna.
Roman Christian missionary worked in Gaul (France). Martyred. (AD unknown)
St Richard of Chichester
(AD 1253) An unusual Bishop, who preferred simple
things. Famous for St Richards prayer.
Robert of Bury St Edmunds
Ficticious boy martyr whose death was blamed on Jews. (AD 1181 earliest
recording of the story)
Norse spelling of St Ronald (see entry for St Ronald)
Warrior chieftain in Orkney Islands, Scotland. Made
vow to build a church. Built St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. Martyred
Martyr of Antioch, thrown
to beasts by Emperor Trajan 2 days before St Ignatius. (AD unknown).
Jesus is the most
important character in the faith but is not a saint! However, He is
referred to sometimes as St Saviour.
Day 26th December, also called Boxing Day.
Widow, from Joppa. Mentioned in Acts 9:36-42. Fell
ill & died. Raised to life by St Peter. (1st century).
One of the martyrs at Alexandria, Egypt. (AD unknown).
St Theodore of Studium (AD 826)
(circa AD 403) Monk who
tried to part fighting gladiators.
Theresa of Avila
(circa 1380) Nun who founded the convent of
San Jose in Avila in 1362
St Teresa (pending) Mother Teresa, Missionary in India. Not yet canonised
St Thomas Aquinas (AD 1274)
St Thomas More
Martyr alongside Modestus and Florentia, persecuted
by Emperor Diocletian, at Agde, France, (AD 303).
One of the 7 deacons chosen by
the Apostles to serve the community of Nazarenes at Jerusalem (1st
Bishop of Augsberg, Germany.
Rebuilt city & cathedral after plundering by Magyars. Later accused
of nepotism. (AD993)
Bishop of Ardbraccan, Ireland.
Cared for poor & widows. Illustrated many manuscripts (AD 657)
missionary who evangelised much of Sweden & Denmark (AD 936)
One of the Kemet Martyrs. Ethiopian/Abyssinian
church. (AD unknown)
Daughter of Cornish King
(England). (circa AD 480)
Bishop of Auxere, France. Hermit. (AD 508)
Bishop & Martyr (date unknown)
St Valentine's Day 14th February.
St Venantius Fortunatus Bishop of Poitiers (circa AD 600)
(AD 568) Bishop of Meta, France.
Named in writings of Venantius Fortunatus.
(AD950) Benedictine Abbot.
St Vincent of Lerins (circa AD 450)
Vincent de Paul
(AD 1660) Was once a slave
at sea. Later founded the community of the Sisters of Mercy.
Benedictine monk and
hermit. Galicia, Spain. Had many followers. (AD 890).
Daughter of West Saxon King,
Educated at Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England. (AD779)
(AD 738) Archbishop of Utrecht
(AD 709) Monk of
Lindisfarne. Taught the poor to be fishermen.
(AD 7th Cent) Hermit & Abbot of monastry at St
St Francis Xavier (AD 1552)
Alexandrian Abbot (Egypt) (AD unknown)
One of the Kemet Martyrs. Ethiopian/Abyssinian
Church. (AD unknown)
Hermit at Lindisfarne, England. Ordained deacon by St Cuthbert. Relics
and shrined at Wilton, nr Salisbury, England. (AD 690)
Female martyr executed by Emperor Diocletian's
persecution of the church. (AD 285)