What is a Patron Saint?
Patron saints intercede, defend, guard, and advocate in heaven and on Earth for a designated group, activity, nation, or area of life. There are approximately 10,000 saints designated by the Catholic Church. St. Dominic is the patron saint of an occupation: astronomers.
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St. Dominic was born in 1170 and died in 1221. Before his birth, his mother had a dream about a dog that would set the world on fire, and this dog carried a torch in his mouth. In later years, the Dominican Order, which St. Dominic founded, adopted as their symbol a dog carrying a torch.
He was canonized as a saint by a Bull of Canonization, issued July 13, 1234, by Gregory IX, who “declared that he no more doubted the sainthood of Saint Dominic than he did that of Saint Peter and Saint Paul."