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    Cyburbian Tom R's avatar
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    Planning's Patron Saint

    Who is a Planner's patron Saint? St. Jude? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jude_the_Apostle He is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. (I like Don Quixote, but he isn't a real person, let alone a saint.)

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    St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of carpenters (and hence engineers and architects) and Thomas was my confirmation name.
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    Quote Originally posted by Tom R View post
    Who is a Planner's patron Saint? St. Jude? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jude_the_Apostle He is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. (I like Don Quixote, but he isn't a real person, let alone a saint.)
    St Bernard (of Hildesheim) is often cited as the patron saint of city builders.

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    Searching through http://saints.sqpn.com, it appears that there are no saints for urban planners. Given the current outlook for the planning professsion, I think it should be represented by Saint Cajetan, the patron saint of the unemployed.

    Saint Thomas the Apostle is the patron saint of architects, surveyors and construction workers. Close.

    Saint Thomas More is the patron saint of civil service workers, which probably includes planners in the public sector.
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    I guess the moral of this thread is planning is an unholy profession?

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    Quote Originally posted by Cismontane View post
    St Bernard (of Hildesheim) is often cited as the patron saint of city builders.
    I like this suggestion!

    Most of us aren't architects or engineers, so Thomas Aquinas isn't the best fit. Thomas More would work, but not all planners are civil service workers.

    How about a poll?
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    Can I nominate myself? St. Gotta. I think it has a nice ring to it!

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    We've had a few other threads like this (I think I started one of them) but I can't remember the results and I'm too lazy right now to look them up. (pretty pathetic, but at least I admit to it ).

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    Quote Originally posted by Cismontane View post
    St Bernard (of Hildesheim) is often cited as the patron saint of city builders.
    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra View post
    I like this suggestion!
    Info on St. Bernard, Bishop of Hildesheim, from the Catholic Encyclopedia at the website Catholic Answers (catholic.com): http://oce.catholic.com/index.php?ti...heim)%2C_Saint

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