Saint Patrick: Englishman, Slave, Missionary, Exterminator

More than 15-hundred years after his death, he is still one of the most popular saints in history, especially in Ireland. Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

St. Patrick

Six Saint Patrick Day Facts

  1. Although the year of his death is still debated, St. Patrick is thought to have died on March 17th around 460.
  2. Born in England, captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave at the age of about 16.
  3. While he worked as a shepherd in the fields of Ireland, he prayed every day and his faith grew.
  4. In his early twenties he escaped and returned home where he studied for the priesthood and eventually became a bishop… back in Northern Ireland.
  5. Legend has it that he drove all the snakes off the island. He also taught the Irish the concept of the Trinity, using the 3-leaved clover to demonstrate three divine persons in one God.
  6. He is celebrated next Monday, March 17 with green beer and hallmark cards, but his real life was a model for Christianity in 5th century Great Britain