THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS – GEORGE
The Fourteen Holy Helpers are a group of saints venerated together in Roman Catholicism because their intercession was believed to be particularly effective against various diseases.
This group of "helpers in need" originated in 14th century Rhineland, due largely as a result of the epidemic that grew to become the Black Death, but their veneration spread almost as quickly as the plague.
Saint George was a Greek who became an officer in the Roman army.
His father was the Greek Gerondios from Cappadocia, Asia Minor, while his mother was from the city Lydda, which was a Greek city in Palestine dating from the times of the conquest of Alexander the Great.
It was ironic that George became an officer in the Roman army in the Guard of Diocletian who was ultimately the emperor who put him to death for his beliefs.
He has a great many Patronages around the world, as well as a wide range of professions, organizations and disease sufferers and domestic animals.
St Georges Day is celebrated on April 23rd.