Also known as:
Apostle of Ireland, Maewyn Succat, Patricius, Patrizio.
Memorial: March, 17th
Kidnapped from the British mainland when he was around 16 years old, and shippedd to Ireland
as a slave. Sent to the mountains as a shepherd he spent his free time in
prayer. After six years of this life, he had a dream in which he was
commanded to return to Britain; seeing it as a sign, he scaped. He studied
in several monasteries in Europe. He became a priest and a bishop.
He was sent
by the pope Saint Celestine to evangelize England, then Ireland, during
which his chariot driver was Saint Odran, and Saint Jarlath was one
of his spiritual students. In 33 years he effectively converted the
In the Middle Ages Ireland became konwn as the Land of Saints, and
during the Dark Ages its monasteries were the great repositories of
knowledge in Europe, as a consequence of Patrick's ministry. People say he
expelled all the snakes from Ireland where there are no snakes at all till
By other tradition the color green is one of Saint Patrick symbols.
Born: 387 or 390 at Scotland as Maewyn Succat.
Died: 461 or 464 at Saul, County Down, Ireland
Succat - pagan birth name
Patricius - baptismal name
bishop driving snakes away - cross - shamrock
Patrick expelling the snakes
St.Patrick's Celtic Cross