Looking for the Patron Saint of Fertility? I’ve got 21 Patron Saints of Fertility, Trying to Conceive, Infertile Couples, Barren Women, and Miscarriage listed on this blog post. Praying with the saints was a HUGE part of my infertiltiy journey, and I hope this post blesses you.
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Patron Saints of Fertility To Pray to When Trying to Conceive
Whether you have just started trying to conceive or you are struggling with infertility, the ups and downs of the fertility journey can be LONELY. Sometimes you have friends or family you can talk to, but sometimes you don’t. The great news is that there are legions of saints just waiting to intercede on your behalf. In this post I’m focusing on fertility saints, including the patron saint of infertility, the patron saint of miscarriage, and the patron saint of pregnancy protection.
I have always been fascinated with the Saints. Knowing that these holy people are up there in heaven doing miracles on earth just blows my mind. It isn’t that I don’t pray directly to Jesus and God- I do. It’s just that I love knowing there are these powerful and holy saints that are sitting up there, right next to Jesus, Mary, the angels, and God Almighty, and that they have my best interests at heart.
Who Is The Patron Saint Of Fertility And Conception?
While I was trying to conceive I spent time researching the catholic saint of fertility. It turned out there wasn’t just one saint of fertility, but actually several patron saints to pray to when trying to get pregnant! After my first miscarriage I started praying with the Patron Saint of Miscarriages. Then, as I was diagnosed with infertility, I started praying with the Patron Saint of Infertility and Hopeless Causes.
I prayed with them, I visited their holy sites as I was able, and felt their presence and companionship on my infertility journey. Some of the many patron saints of fertility include St. Gerard, St. Philomena, St. Colette, and St. Anne. The saints that I spent the most time praying with struggling with infertility were St. Anne, St. Rita of Cascia, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, St. Catherine of Sweden, and St. Gerard.
In this post I attempt to list all the Catholic Patron Saints of Fertility to pray to when trying to get pregnant! I have written individual blog posts about many of them; if so, you will see their names hyperlinked in the listing.
Make sure to grab my free fertility novena calendar of the catholic saints of fertility! Praying a novena for fertility was such a blessing for me, and I hope it will be for you too! You can join my newsletter and download it here!
What Saint To Pray With When Trying To Conceive
Early on while trying to conceive I started praying with St. Gerard Majella who is the Catholic Patron Saint of Fertility and Motherhood. There is a beautiful prayer to him for motherhood that someone gave me on a prayer card. That was how my obsession with praying to the saints for fertility started- small, with a simple prayer. I also become dedicated to St. Anne early on, and then St. Therese. I definitely think that they each interceded for me and helped me have my miracle baby.
Now, my interest in fertility saints has blossomed into writing my own prayers, visiting shrines, and praying with almost a dozen saints!
There are so many saints for trying to get pregnant, I hope you find someone in this list that resonates with you and your journey!
Who is the Patron Saint Of Infertility and Childless Couples?
In this post I’m going to outline all the Catholic Saints that are associated with fertility, healing infertility, healing the pain of miscarriage, pregnancy, and children. All of them are great to pray with for fertility.
You can also pray with any saints that are special to you. For example, St. Therese de Lisieux is not commonly associated with fertility or motherhood, but she was my confirmation saint, so I feel connected to her and pray to her for all my requests. Eventually I hope to have a blog post up on each of these Saints.
Additionally, in Catholic teaching, anyone who is in heaven is a “saint” even if the Vatican hasn’t canonized them as such. That means that you can pray with that virtuous great-grandmother of yours- I’m sure she is up there and you KNOW she wants you to get pregnant! I regularly pray with my beloved deceased for intervention.
There is no right or wrong way to pray with these saints. You can pray however you want, you can ask however you want. However, many of them have special prayers or novenas that you might want to use.
For some of these saints I have already posted full blog posts on their history, and in some cases I have written original prayers that are shared on the blog. For others, you may want to google prayers or more information. Remember, you can always freestyle your prayers in a conversation-like manor! It is up to you!
Curious about how to ask God for a baby? Check out how I prayed to God for a miracle baby during infertility!
Praying with the Saints during Infertility
Remember that technically in Catholic tradition your are not praying TO the saints for THEIR intercessions. Instead you are asking them to intercede on your behalf to God for his action. The saints are not God- only God is God.
But, it certainly helps to bring some friends along on our prayer journey to Jesus.
I honor these saints in multiple ways. I pray with them, I keep their prayers cards, and for some of them, I have decorations up around the house in their honor. I also try to keep their memory on their feast day, and spread their word to other people who may benefit from it.
If you benefit from a prayer journey with a saint, consider spreading the word of their goodness, and the goodness of God.
Who are the Patron Saints of Fertility?
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Here are the Patron Saints of Fertility, Infertility, and Miscarriage, in Order of Their Feast Days.
January 21- St. Agnes– Saint Agnes is the patron saint of childbirth, children, and maternal concerns. She was a young martyr who refused to be married or lose her virginity. You can pray to Saint Agnes for fertility!
February 1- St. Brigid of Kildare – St. Brigid is the Patron Saint of Babies, but also special for healing women. Read my full blog post on her here – it includes an original prayer to her for a child!
March 6 – Saint Collette– St. Collette is the Patron Saint of Infertility and Childless Couples. She is also known as the patron saint of women trying to conceive, expectant mothers, and of stillbirth. St. Collette is a great saint to pray with when trying to get pregnant.
March 20 – St. Joseph– St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of Fathers – St. Joseph is also the protector of the home and family. He, of course, is the earthly father of Jesus, and is the perfect saint for the husband to pray to for fatherhood.
March 24- St. Catherine of Sweden – St. Catherine of Sweden is the Patron Saint of Protection Against Miscarriage. Read my full post on St. Catherine here and my original prayer to her!
April 28- St. Gianna Beretta Molla – St. Gianna Beretta Molla is the Patron Saint of Fertility and Pregnancy. A very special modern saint, St. Gianna was a wife, mother and pediatrician. A working mother saint! She suffered two miscarriages herself, and is a matron saint of Motherhood. I recently visited her Shrine just north of Philadelphia, and it was a very meaningful visit for me. Read my full post on her and the original prayer to her I wrote!
April 29- St. Catherine of Siena – St. Catherine of Sienna is the Patron Saint of Miscarriage.
May 22- St. Rita of Cascia– Saint Rita of Cascia is the Patron Saint of Infertility. She is also considered the patron saint of gynecological problems, and is also known as the Patroness of Impossible Causes. For this reason, she is considered the patron saint of Infertility, especially for those who have been told they cannot conceive. There is a beautiful shrine to her in Philadelphia that I recently visited, and I had a very powerful moment with her. Definitely add her to your list of Saints to pray to! I’m wearing her medal right now as I write this :-). Here is my full post on St. Rita and how she was part of my journey to my second successful pregnancy!
June 13 – St. Anthony of Padua – St. Anthony of Padua is the Patron Saint of Infertility and Barren Women- St. Anthony is often pictured holding the baby Jesus and has gained a reputation for helping “sterile” women get pregnant. He is most well known as the Patron Saint of Lost Articles. A true story- Years ago I lost my great-grandmother’s diamond necklace. It was gone for one whole week and I was crushed. I sat down and prayed to St. Anthony for about thirty minutes. I imagined him bringing it to me and setting it in my hands. I opened my eyes, and looked around. It was on the floor next to the chair I was sitting in, arranged in a perfect necklace form as if it was in a jewelry box. I am not kidding! Read my full post on St. Anthony of Padua Patron Saint Against Infertility.
July 20 – St. Margaret of Antioch – Saint Margaret of Antioch is the Patron Saint of Pregnant Women and Childbirth, and she is often prayed to by couples trying to conceive.
July 26- St. Anne and St. Joachim– St. Anne and Joachim are the Patron Saints of Barren Couples. They were Mary’s parents, and the grandparents of Jesus. They struggled with infertility and were scorned by others for being barren. Joachim went to the wilderness for a forty day fast and Anne prayed under a laurel tree. An angel visits both of them, and they meet outside the city gates where they embrace. Some stories say that St. Anne (Ann, Anna, Ana), was in her 80s when she gave birth to Mary. I prayed to St. Anne for my miracle baby, and have always felt strongly connected to her (of course, she is my name saint!). Read my full post on them here.
August 11- St. Philomena– St. Philomena is the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes, including Sterility. She died at age 13 and so is also considered a patron saint of babies and children. She is known for healing illnesses and wounds overnight.
August 31- St. Raymond Nonnatus– St. Raymond Nonnatus is the Patron Saint of Trying to Conceive and of C-Sections. This Saint came into the world by an urgent medieval period c-section. For hundreds of years women have prayed to him for help in conceiving. Apparently the current Pope recommends him for couples struggling to conceive (see in comments below)!
October 16- St. Gerard Majella– St. Gerard Majella is the Patron Saint of Fertility and Pregnancy, and was the first Saint my Catholic relatives told me to pray to! My grandmother had 7 children and she always had a prayer card to St. Gerard lying around!
October 28- St. Jude– St. Jude is the Patron Saint of Lost Causes. Although not a typical fertility saint, I think that as the Patron Saint of Lost Causes he belongs in this list for those of us who have been told by the doctors that we are “lost causes.”
November 5- St. Elizabeth– St. Elizabeth is the Patron Saint of Barren Women. She was barren for most of her life. The Angel Gabriel came to her husband Zachariah and promised him a son. She was the mother of John the Baptist. You might remember the Gospel story when the child John leaps in her womb when she embraces Mary who is pregnant with Jesus.
November 23- St. Felicitas of Rome– St. Felicitas of Rome is the Patron Saint of Sterility, Mothers of Sons, and Mothers who have lost children. She had seven sons, who became martyrs. In the Eastern Orthodox church her feast day is January 25.
November 30 – St. Andrew– Saint Andrew isn’t known specifically as a patron saint of fertility, but he has a special special chaplet that you can pray from November 30th until Christmas Eve to ask for his assistance in conceiving! Many of my blog readers have reported that they got pregnant after praying with the St. Andrew Christmas Novena.
December 6- St. Nicholas– St. Nicholas is the Patron Saint of Infertile Men and of Children. St. Nick is sometimes known for bringing presents and leaving them in the shoes of children on December 6th (or the eve, December 5th). You might have heard him mentioned in songs about Santa Claus. Pray that he leaves some strong sperm for your husband! Read my full post on St. Nick here!
December 9 – St. Hannah– St. Hannah is the Patron Saint of Childless Wives and Infertile Women. Hannah’s story is in the Book of Samuel, and she is infertile. She prays, and her prayers are answered- she gives birth to Samuel. She then goes on to have three more sons and two daughters.
December 10 – St. Eulalia– St. Eulalia is the Patron Saint against Miscarriage. I can’t find anything more on her story in relation to miscarriage or fertility other than this. I’ll update if I find anything!
Additional Saints and Angels that people pray to for a baby, but are not primarily focused on fertility
Our Lady of Guadalupe– Our Lady is of course St. Mary, mother of Jesus. People pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe to get pregnant because she is such a special helper of pregnant women and protectress of the unborn.
San Padre Pio– Known as a miraculous healer, St. Padre Pio can be prayed to for healing problems that might be affecting infertility.
Archangel Gabriel– Gabriel was the angel who appeared to May to ask if she would be the mother of God. Many women pray to him to ask for pregnancy.
Saint Perpetua– A martyr killed days after giving birth in prison, she is considered a patron saint of expectant mothers, but is often prayed to by women seeking pregnancy.
Am I missing any? Please let me know! Feel free to leave your prayers to the Saints in the comments!
Anna Rapp is a fertility journalist and non-toxic living expert. When Anna Rapp was struggling with infertility and recurrent early miscarriage, she was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve, High FSH, low AMH, low follicle count, endometriosis, and an MTHFR mutation. Despite being told donor eggs were her only solution, Anna used her graduate training in research methods and analysis to read everything she could find on fertility and egg health. Ultimately, she lowered her FSH and got pregnant naturally (twice). She blogs about how she did it and encourages her readers to take charge of their fertility journey and get happy, healthy, and pregnant!