James was fishing with his brother, John, when Jesus called him to be an apostle. He followed Jesus faithfully, ultimately to martyrdom. His remains rest in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world. Scallop shells are badges of honor for those who have completed the difficult walk there. James is the patron of Spain, and the horse-riding conquistadors often sought his intercession.
Feast Day: July 25
Patronage: Equestrians, Spain, Veterinarians