Because I work with some people with some ‘special needs’, I am looking for the patron saint of people with learning disabilities and learning difficulties. Saint Joseph of Cupertino is a good candidate; Saint John Vianney, Saint Bernadette and the Venerable Solanus Casey are also thought to have been a little slow on the scholastic side…. according to this article. But people can’t be sliced up to fit social policy categories – many people have several various ‘special needs’: Saint Giles, Abbot, is patron saint of people with physical disabilities, Saint Dymphna the patron saint of those with mental health problems.
Padre Pio is the protector and healer of the sick ( and of the sick at heart) and Our Lady is not only the Queen of Heaven but also the ‘comforter of the afflicted’ and the ‘health of the sick’.
So…. I ask all of the above for their help and protection. Advocacy is an important thing in social services – let’s hope and pray that there are advocates in heaven.