Our Patron Saint

Patron Saint of Fishermen
Feastday: November 30

Saint Andrew, whose feast day is November 30th, is the patron saint of fishermen. He was a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist.

When John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”, Andrew understood that Jesus was the greater. At once he left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him. Turning back, he asked, “What do you seek?” Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived. Our Lord replied, “Come and see.”

Andrew was the first disciple of Christ. Next, Andrew brought his brother Simon (Saint Peter) to Jesus and Jesus received him, too, as His disciple. At first the two brothers continued to carry on their fishing trade and family affairs. But later, the Lord called them to stay with Him all the time. He promised to make them fishers of men. This time, they left their nets for good.

It is believed that after Our Lord ascended into Heaven, Saint Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel. He is said to have been put to death on a cross, to which he was tied, not nailed. He lived two days in that state of suffering, still preaching to the people who gathered around their beloved Apostle.

Two countries have chosen Saint Andrew as their patron – Russia and Scotland.

For more on Saint Andrew, see the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia or the Patron Saints Index